Talented Solihull School students shined on stage and proudly watched former Silhillians tread the boards at the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe, after taking two shows to the event.
Under the name Grey Dog Theatre Company – a reference to the greyhounds which appear on the school crest – the students featured in the children’s shows and theatre section of the festival, appearing on stages on the Royal Mile, one of the most visited streets in Edinburgh, and Greenside @ Nicolson Square.
Grimm Tales, directed by the school’s Head of Drama, James Hammond, was a collection of four fairy tales adapted by the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, which featured original music, puppetry and physical theatre.
Invisible, which was devised by a group of sixth form students, was an innovative retelling of HG Wells’ classic of The Invisible Man. This traditional story of science, madness and power was given a modern twist.
Mr Hammond said: “The students were brilliant and delighted their audiences – very unexpectedly, Invisible sold out towards the end of the run. Not only did the students perform like professionals, but they also handled all marketing and social media for their own events.
“Performing the plays in front of an audience in the school’s Bushell Hall prior to the trip gave an important confidence boost, especially as, for many of them, this was a first time experience. We encouraged the students to watch other shows – around 100 – including former Silhillians who appeared in The Fablesmiths at this year’s festival.”