39 Steps to Stage Success for Faculty Students

9 September 2011

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will be represented by both current students and alumni in the upcoming amateur production of The 39 Steps, to be featured as part of this year's Sydney Fringe Festival.

Bridie Connell (Performance Studies), Luke Martin (Government), Lauren Eisinger (Performance Studies), Rob Johnson (Media and Communications) and Pierce Wilcox (English) are all part of the small cast and crew for the production, and they are joined by Sydney-based performer Harry Milas, also a regular performer in the University of Sydney's comedy group Project 52.

The farcical comedy was independently pitched through the group's production company, Stiff Upper Lip Productions, and has been financed primarily by fundraising in the community.

"The cast and crew's passion and genuine love for the show has made the rehearsal process so fantastic," Bridie Connell said. "The Fringe Festival is a great arena for all artists to explore their art and support their peers … [so] I love being a part of it."

The Sydney Fringe Festival moves into its second year in 2011, with venues in Newtown, Marrickville and wider Sydney, including the University's Hermann and Manning Bars.

Festival Director Richard Hull acknowledges the importance of an arts festival to Sydney life, and looks forward to the variety which this year's line-up promises.

"A Fringe Festival is an essential part of the creative lifestyle of a city," Hull said. "I worked with comics like Bill Bailey, Ross Noble and Dylan Moran in small theatre spaces during my time in Edinburgh (Fringe Festival). Now they fill concert halls."

With four actors playing every part, including dashing Englishmen, seductive spies, underwear salesmen and German villains, Hull trusts that this band of students can rise to his creative challenge.

"It's ambitious to stage it for the festival and that's exactly what the Fringe is for. So I'm looking forward to it."

The 39 Steps will be playing at the Sidetrack Theatre in Marrickville from September 28 - October 2.

The Sydney Fringe Festival opens tonight.

Contact: Rob Johnson

Phone: 0466 632 347

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