Mulberry Theatre Company

Resident in the Mulberry & Bigland Green Theatre is Mulberry Theatre Company which was launched in 2006 as a progressive initiative seeking to inspire and engage our whole school community through the practice of professional theatre. Building on the foundations of the many arts projects, artists- in- residence and partnerships already embedded in the school, it aims to provide young women with opportunities to participate in the creation of performance work of the highest artistic quality.

Mulberry Theatre Company’s first play, Mehndi Night was developed to be toured as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2007. The play was the result of a long-term collaboration with playwright Fin Kennedy. It was the first of a trilogy of plays produced for the festival, the second being Stolen Secrets the following year and then The Unravelling in 2009. The Unravelling received a Fringe First Award, the first ever to be given to a state secondary school.

For the next five years the company took a break from the Fringe, performing new work locally instead. This included a new play written by Fin Kennedy in conjunction with alumni students. The Urban Girl’s Guide to Camping was premiered at Southwark Playhouse in 2010 alongside a retrospective of two of the other plays that Mulberry Theatre Company and Fin Kennedy had collaborated on so far. Coinciding with the premier of The Urban Girl’s Guide to Camping, Nick Hearne Publishing launched a book that anthologised the texts of the four plays created so far. The partnership with Fin continued to develop with two further projects including The Dream Collector; a collaboration with St Paul’s Way Trust School in 2013. The latest play, The Domino Effect was produced for the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and contained a focus on strong, stylised movement integrating with Mulberry Dance Company.

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