Lincoln playwright & drama students are ‘Happy Together’

A play written by a University of Lincoln student has been selected to be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year.

The play, entitled Happy Together, was written by Kate Newman, 22, who is currently studying a masters in playwriting at the university.

Kate Newman -Happy Together.

Kate, holding a copy of the script which will be showcased at the iconic, month-long Edinburgh Fringe

The story focuses on a couple who have a dysfunctional relationship and the play works backwards throughout their lives showing the contrast between theatrical and domestic situations.

Kate was encouraged to enter her play by one of her lecturers and now her play and two others from the university have been chosen to be showcased at the festival throughout August.

The other play is an adaptation of Dracula by the drama company Push to Shove. There is also set to be a musical, but that has not yet been finalized.

She will be working in conjunction with the Lincoln Company who are taking the plays up to the festival and will audition for roles in the next few months.

There will be an intense session of rehearsing throughout July to get the play up to standard before it is performed in front of crowds at the festival.

One of the smaller characters will be played by Kate herself and she will also be directing the play.

Kate said: “I got the idea for the play from one of the exercises I did in one of my workshops, so I was thrilled when I heard last week that it had been chosen.

“It’s really exciting but I’m still shocked that it’s going up to Edinburgh and it hasn’t really sank in yet.

“I’m still in the initial stages of planning but I will be auditioning for the roles and opening it up to all levels of university students, whether they study drama or just enjoy it as a hobby.

“The play will also be performed at the LPAC after we’ve been to Edinburgh as a welcome home show which is really exciting as we will be able to perform it in front of a home crowd.”