Local comedians wanted for Fringe festival

Calling all comedians: A theatre company in Lincoln is looking for writers and performers to join them at this summer’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The Lincoln Company, based at the University of Lincoln, needs local comedians to put their material together for a production, called Bonus Material, which will be premiered at the annual Scottish festival. The sketches will also be put on DVD.

Writers and performers can get involved by submitting ideas for sketches or auditioning for roles. There will be a series of workshops held throughout the summer to audition as well as get Bonus Material together before the event.

The idea was established by award-winning comedian, writer, actor and director Ben Keaton. Keaton is known for his roles in TV shows Father Ted and Casualty and recently appearing in West End show As You Like It. He was the first comic to win the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Perrier Comedy Award.

“A number of ideas for sketches are already being worked on but Bonus Material is still very much at the developmental stage. It’s completely open – if somebody comes forward with some good ideas, and they’re funny, then they will stand a very good chance of being included. The content of the show will continue to evolve right up until the first performance,” said Andy Jordan, the Founding Producer of The Lincoln Company and a senior lecturer at the university.

The Lincoln Company are also taking other productions to the festival: interpretations of Blood Brothers and The Dumb Waiter and new shows The Man Who Fell Out of Bed, Shadow Boxing and Down the Rabbit Hole.

It is also not the company’s first time at the Edinburgh Fringe. Their debut was back in 2008 with The Picture of Dorian Gray which received positive feedback, and last year’s production won acclaim from both critics and audiences.

Source: University of Lincoln | Photo: Jeff Mitchell, Getty Images via Brit Fancy