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Edinburgh Fringe 2001

August 21, 2001 - August 27, 2001

The award winning “Cat in the Road” and “Two Daft Lasses in a Boat” were performed at the Augustine Studio on 21st – 27th August 2001 as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

 

Press:

The Scotsman
23rd August 2001

“Normal” is a dirty word in Middlesbrough playwright Jan McBride’s comic double bill. Whether it’s the situation in which characters find themselves or the characters themselves, the Middlesbrough Little Theatre Junior Company’s production of these short plays exploits the absurdities with relish.

The two daft lassies are Sharon and Susan, who through a set of improbable circumstances – involving one too many tequila sunrises and a randy ship steward called Stewart – find themselves stranded at sea in a lifeboat. And in A Cat In The Road, a barmy old couple go even barmier when an obstinate feline throws them off their daily routine.

The young cast of 15 and 16-year-olds handles the funny and frequently absurd material with great maturity, although the lively lasses in Two Daft Lasses are too often prone to hysterics. Ultimately though, this salty comedy of errors comes off better than the less-focused A Cat In The Road, which wobbles incoherently from kitchen sink grittiness to expressionistic melodrama.

Neatly staged on two beautifully crafted sets – a colourful dinghy emblazoned with “Tom’s Cruises” and a well-worn kitchen with an imposing grandfather clock and handprints all over the walls – these two plays make fun viewing.

Evening Gazette
18th August 2001

A junior theatre company is on the road to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.Six actors, aged 15 and 16, from Middlesbrough Little Theatre Juniors, will perform two plays, a chiller “Cat In The Road” and a comedy “Two Daft Lasses In A Boat”.

The plays were written by Jan McBride, from Middlesbrough, who wrote the film “Stix”, which starred Vic Reeves, and “The Tupperware Party”. Jack McBride, Jan’s husband, who is directing the plays, said: “We are all straining at the bit now, we can’t wait to show what we can do.”

The trip’s costs have been raised by Cleveland Arts, Cleveland Community Foundation, Linthorpe and Acklam Community Councils, donations and money raised by Middlesbrough Little Theatre Juniors.

Mr McBride, an actor himself, also coached Sean Landless, the star of the film Gabriel and Me, which also starred Billy Connolly and was premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival this week. He said: “They have worked so hard on Jan’s plays, it’s all well rehearsed and acted with a maturity that belies their years.”

The young actors are: Luke Jameson, Leah Duffield, Amy and Lucy Cockerline, Alicia Bloundelle and Craig Warburton. The company will be performing in the Augustine Studio from Monday to Friday Aug 20th onwards.

Evening Gazette
20th April 2001

A junior theatre company is taking a Middlesbrough writer’s plays to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Six actors, aged 15 and 16, from Middlesbrough Little Theatre Juniors will perform two plays, a chiller “Cat In The Road” and a comedy “Two Daft Lasses In A Boat”.

The plays were written by Jan McBride, who also wrote the film “Stix”, which starred Vic Reeves, and “The Tupperware Party”, recently in a double bill at Customs House in South Shields.

Jack McBride, Jan’s husband, who is directing the plays, said: “They are adult plays but I believe young people can perform them. “I valued it when I was younger, performing plays and winning festivals, so I know how beneficial it can be for young people. It builds their confidence and sets them up for later on in life.” Jack has plenty of experience both as an actor himself, appearing in Heartbeat, Stix and Our Friends in the North, and coaching young people for films.

Another young group called Shape, based at North Ormesby’s community centre, will construct the set.

The trip to Edinburgh is estimated to cost £5,500. Cleveland Arts has donated £1,000 as part of its Seen and Heard programme, the materials for Shape to construct the set and flyers and posters to publicise the event. Cleveland Community Foundation has donated £750. And the group itself has raised £650 in donations and fundraising events but it still a long way to go to reach its target.

The youngsters will be performing the plays at Augustine’s Studio in Edinburgh from August 21-27.

Details

Start:
August 21, 2001
End:
August 27, 2001

Venue

Edinburgh Festival

Group

Mainstage

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