Students from The Garage are taking a new play about one of Norfolk’s most macabre myths to this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and they whisper down the lane is loosely based on the story of how a mysterious pool of blood appears on Acle Bridge every April.

Some say it belongs to a Josiah Burge, killed by his brother-in-law avenging the death of his sister. Others believe it was the blood of the man wrongly hanged for Burge’s murder. Or was it that of the brother-in-law, who also met a mysteriously grisly end on the same bridge years later?

The HNC Performing Arts Foundation Programme students – working as SHUD Theatre – will stage the devised performance at Venue 36Argyle TheatretheSpace, Tuesday 20-Saturday 24 August.

Diccon Hogger, the programme’s lead lecturer, said: “It’s written by local scriptwriter Chris Smith and is a classic struggle of power, jealously, rage, guilt, truth and lies. It forms the backbone of us looking at traditional storytelling and how those skills are still current today.”

Tutors will give the group guidance in the weeks leading up to this year’s festival, renowned for fostering some of the best emerging performance artists.

“This is a first for us, no other course I know of looks to offer students this chance before they’ve even started training. We’re also looking for sponsors. We particularly would like some branded T-shirts printed to promote the show while we’re in Edinburgh which would have the sponsor’s name on too,” he added.

There are still places available on the HNC Performing Arts Foundation Programme, which starts Monday 9 September. The vocational style training offers three different pathways – Acting, Dance and Musical Theatre. Designed to create triple threats, there are also compulsory acting, jazz dance and singing units.

Aimed at ages 18 and over, the programme is for people keen to pursue a career in the arts or who want to formalise their existing experience and training. They will get intensive high level training by industry professionals and lecturers as well as excellent guidance on progression routes and one-to-one audition support.

Previous students have gone on to further training at the likes of Bird CollegeMillennium Performing Arts College and University of Warwick.

The deadline for applications closes shortly.

The Garage is holding a HNC Performing Arts Foundation Programme open evening from 5.30PM-7.30PM, Monday 1 July. You can meet the tutors, take a tour of the building and find out more about the programme.

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