PQA Wolverhampton students star at Virtual Edinburgh Fringe
Students of PQA Wolverhampton came together online to record a specially rewritten version of their 2019 Edinburgh Fringe play Wingmen. The reworked play scored highly on the virtual site with over 250 listens in the month.
“The play did really well last year, and when Edinburgh Fringe asked for online submissions for 2020 we decided to recreate the play in a new form”, said Principal Julian. “I quickly rewrote the play changing the order of scenes and some of the dialogue which before had relied on visuals to make it radio-friendly and then we got the cast together, complete with two new members, rehearsed and recorded it over Zoom. We managed to submit it about an hour before the online festival opened, which was a bit close.”
The play is set during World War 2 and tells of 3 airmen who visit a dance nearby while waiting for their 13th flight against the enemy. Here they come into contact with the locals and for once their sights are set elsewhere which creates new conflicts. Looking at the randomness of chance, relationships and fate the show played to full houses at PQA Venues in 2019 and was the natural choice to bring to life once more…
PQA Wolverhampton students have been to perform at Edinburgh twice before and were due there once again in 2020 before COVID struck, this was just one of the ways that the academy team found to keep involvement going over six months of lockdown. As well as the national PQA Virtual Academy the teachers created masses of projects for the students which were hosted online for them to access along with competitions and workshops.
The students of the academy will be moving on to some fantastic projects in the coming months, in Musical Theatre they will be preparing for our incredible West End performance in 2021 (The whole academy has the opportunity to perform in London’s iconic West End at Her Majesty’s Theatre home to Phantom of the Opera in a specially written musical). In Film and TV, the group have just recreated a scene from The Dark Knight for a national film competition while in Comedy and Drama they are exploring characterization with RSC actor Julian Hoult.
To be a part of exciting classes such as this – contact Julian on 07838115152 or email to book a free taster session.