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Staffordshire University students to shine in fringe festival

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 01, 2014

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A THREE-week festival celebrating arts and culture is set to launch at Staffordshire University with a wide range of free activities open to the public.

The third successive Staffordshire University Fringe features performances, workshops, talks, and events to appeal to all members of the community. Markets, art exhibitions, film screenings, science experiments and live music are also included in the programme which runs from Sunday.

Shaun Kelley who is helping to co-ordinate Fringe said: "We're putting on a number of activities that will open the door to the community. We're looking to build on the success of previous years and as the university is celebrating 100 years of education heritage, some of the activities will carry a centenary theme."

The festival is a collaboration between Staffordshire University and its University Quarter (UniQ) partners. The opening highlight is an event taking place in Hanley Park 11am-3pm.

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Parklive will offer people a bandstand to perform on. The stage is open air and performers are welcome to sing, dance, act, tell jokes, do magic tricks or exhibit whatever talent they have.

The Fringe Festival is also drawing on the talents of the university's drama department.

There will be a final chance to see The Winter's Tale at Studio One located on the College Road site on Saturday, June 7, at 2.30pm before the production travels to Stratford-on-Avon for a performance at the Royal Shakespeare Company's open air Dell Theatre.

There is also an opportunity to watch The Russian Connection on Thursday, June 12, at 7pm and Edge of Darkness on Saturday, June 14, at 7pm, also at Studio One.

Robert Marsden, award leader and senior lecturer in drama practice, said: "We are delighted to be taking part for another year in Staffs Fringe Festival. Working with the Regent we shall also be undertaking a play in 24 hours, it'll be a race from 7pm on Friday night to presenting at 7pm the next day."

That 30-minute production features a company of actors, directors and creatives all aged between 18 and 25. It takes place at 7pm on Saturday, June 21.

The Fringe Festival complements Show & Tell, the university's annual art and design degree show, which showcases the work of more than 300 students graduating from a range of courses from animation to textiles. This is open to the public at its College Road campus from Saturday, June 14 to Saturday, June 21.

For details see www.fringefest. org.uk.

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