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Tuesday 24 July 2018, 11:20am

As the Edinburgh Festival Fringe returns for its 71st year this summer, many RADA graduates are once again heading to the Scottish capital as writers, performers, directors, lighting and sound designers and more at the biggest arts festival in the world.

From this year's RADA Festival programme, four productions are continuing on to Edinburgh this year: The Vulvarines' comedy Lady and the Cramp, featuring MA graduates Aurora Richardson, Stefanie Bruckner and Jamie Bell; From Deadpan to Bedpan, a one-man comedy by acting graduate Jim Tavaré; unique sound and storytelling experience Thrown, with sound design by technical theatre arts graduate Chris Drohan; and A Substitute for Life, historical solo drama performed by Tim Hardy and directed by Alison Skilbeck, both RADA faculty. Alison also performs her own show Are There More Of You?, the connected tales of four women with only a postcode in common.

Karen Cogan's Drip Feed, which also started life at the RADA Festival 2017, will play at Assembly produced by Soho Theatre. The show was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award last year, and recently won the Stewart Parker Trust Award. A Sockful of Custard, which also played at last year's RADA Festival, brings the wit and madness of Spike Milligan to Edinburgh, created and performed by acting graduate Chris Larner and RADA tutor Jeremy Stockwell. Jeremy also directs four new shows at this year's Edinburgh Fringe!

Other graduates' work includes Zoo, the latest play from writer, performer and RADA acting graduate Lily Bevan; Tits n Teeth, a new work written and performed by MA in Text and Performance graduate Isla van Tricht; Oliver with a Twist by Shit-Faced Showtime, with a cast including MA Theatre Lab graduate Christopher Adams; one-woman dark comedy Hunch performed by MA Theatre Lab graduate Kate Kennedy; and When the Friendship Has Sailed, directed by MA in Text and Performance graduate Edwina Strobl.

Harry Benjamin, who trained on RADA's Foundation Course in Acting, performs in new play Nowt As Queer As Folk with Coast to Coast theatre company, while technical theatre arts graduate Peter Harrison is lighting designer for two productions at Pleasance, Wilde Creatures and The Canterville Ghost.

Best wishes to all the RADA graduates up at the Edinburgh Fringe this year! If you are a graduate taking a show up to the Fringe this year, let us know by getting in touch on Twitter.