The second year drama students of Bishop Grosseteste University have been visiting the Edinburgh Festival for over a decade. Initially performing various scenes of street theatre, the company has also been involved with working in the communities, schools and youths groups of Edinburgh and Lincoln. Part of their work has included implementing educational workshops at the Edinburgh Blind School. The workshop materials and topics have covered a diverse range from junk band performances, actor training, stage combat, theatre-in-education exploration and many other areas.
In 2005, the company expanded in a way that changed it forever with the first performance of a full length production, The Flood, along with the street theatre and samba band performances. It was an incredibly challenging year but with one that resulted in great success. The company left the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a four star review in the ‘Three Weeks’ newspaper. Following on from this success the company performed an engaging production of ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader‘ by C.S. Lewis in 2006, which achieved ‘Sell-Out’ status. In 2007, the Narnia Chronicles were continued with a unique performance of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe‘ which again achieved ‘Sell-Out’ status. The review of the 2007 show said there was “much to commend” about the production, “particularly the physical work” (PL Fringereview.co.uk).
The Samba band has also been an integral part of the company‟s repertoire, as this creates a lively party atmosphere wherever the band plays, including Lincoln Cathedral, the streets of Edinburgh and the Royal Mile.