A talented young actor, director and playwright from Northampton is preparing for a fantastic run with her first play at the international Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014.
Emily-Jane McNeill is taking her show, Flat Pack, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a week of performances in August at the Surgeons Hall, right in the heart of the festivities.
The show has been part funded by Emily-Jane’s drama school; The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, after her theatre company, Ink Dolls, successfully staged scenes from the play during the schools mini - arts festival, Bridge Week.
After the week was over, students across all disciplines were invited to apply for a development fund to take their work further.
Emily-Jane’s company, Ink Dolls, were one of only a handful successfully selected by the school to receive a financial investment.
Emily-Jane is currently in her home town of Northamptonshire organising marketing and funding for the week-long run of the show; Flat Pack, an “honest story about moving to the city and trying to forget your past” with quite a few “doses of humour thrown in for good measure”.
The basic storyline follows a young woman and her housemates as she moves to the city after a family revelation changes her world forever.
The preview shown in Glasgow sold out and Emily-Jane had to turn people away from the theatre. Emily-Jane has co-written and produced the show and will be acting in the lead role at the Fringe.
The former Northampton School for Boys sixth former said: “I can’t wait to get back to the Fringe this year, two years ago I performed there in two sell-out shows, now I am back but with my very own production! It’s been a huge amount of work, but it’s all very exciting! I wanted to write something relevant that will get people talking.”
Miss McNeill is staging the show at The Space Venues, Theatre 1, Surgeons Hall, under her theatre company Ink Dolls, which she founded in 2013 with friend Charlotte McGuinness after the pair met in the first year of their acting degree at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow.
Alongside Flat Pack and studying in Glasgow, Miss McNeill is also co–writing a screen-play based on a modern retelling of Lysistrata and has just been awarded the Laurence Olivier Bursary 2014 by the Society of London Theatre. In November; she can be seen acting in the The Country Wife, playing Lady Squeamish.
She said: “The Edinburgh Fringe is a brilliant opportunity to create, produce and market your own theatre whilst seeing the kind of work the rest of the world has to offer.”
For more information about the show, visit www.inkdollproductions.com and click on the ‘Flat Pack’ page.