Theatre Arts Exchange sees Middlesex University’s Theatre Arts team taking over an empty art gallery at Gayfield Creative Spaces, transforming it into an exciting and vibrant temporary theatre space that will host ambitious performances by emerging and established companies from all over the country including Middlesex staff and graduates as well as current Masters students.
Shows range from family-friendly magic to stand-up comedy, bold new writing and an anarchic take on one of Shakespeare’s forgotten plays. The venue will be staffed, in part, by Middlesex University Theatre Arts students who will gain invaluable experience working at a new Fringe venue, putting their comprehensive training to use at what has become the biggest arts festival in the world.
Nicola Stammers (Director of Programmes, Theatre Arts) said: “We wanted to create a new kind of venue at Edinburgh Fringe, one that would empower theatre makers to bring their most ambitious and innovative work to a festival that is one of the most exciting, but also the most challenging, in the world.
“What makes Theatre Arts Exchange different from other venues is that we have more time, technical resources and expertise on offer. It will be a learning space where everyone can exchange skills and ideas, and there’s no such thing as too ambitious – as our audiences will discover!”
Bruce Adams, (Artistic Director) said: “Theatre Arts Exchange offers an exciting programme that celebrates all the same values we instil in our students at Middlesex. We’re particularly excited to be giving a platform to new and emerging theatre companies, including many of our recent graduates and others who share our values of collaboration, innovation and ambition. It’s theatre from the ground up.”
Part of the School of Media and Performing Arts, Theatre Arts at Middlesex has long held a reputation for the teaching of theatre as a dynamic and collaborative art form, taught by world-class practitioners and researchers with alumni who go on to break boundaries and shape the future of theatre as we know it.
The full programme of performances at Theatre Arts Exchange will be announced on 26 May at www.theatrearts.exchange, and on our Twitter @TheatreArtsEx. Find out more about BA and MA Theatre Arts at Middlesex University at: www.mdx.ac.uk/theatrearts.