Congratulations to all our students, teachers and support staff who helped with the production of Lights! Donkey! Action!
The Babolin Theatre, which is organised by Hills’ Head of Performing Arts, Richard Fredman, has been tackling the literary behemoth of Cervantes’ Don Quixote at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Their performance has received incredibly high praise and even a rave review (FIVE STARS!) by the British Theatre Guide, who commented that this year's presentation of the epic novel was “a masterclass in contemporary ensemble performance.”
Richard Fredman, Head of Performing Arts at Hills Road and Artistic Director of Babolin, said “Fabulous reviews that are thoroughly well-deserved. This show was created over three very intense weeks and our brilliant cast of drama students came straight out of A levels and into a creative cauldron, in which they conjured up sheer theatrical magic. Huge congratulations to them all!”
As outlined by reviewer Tony Trigwell-Jones, Lights! Donkey! Action! is not a “conventional presentation of the epic novel”.
The show follows movie director Federico Fettuccini and assistant Sandy Pecorino who set out to do what Orson Welles, Terry Gilliam and many others have failed to do: make a film of the four-hundred-year-old classic. However, like the protagonist in the original, Fettuccini’s plans are quickly torn apart, and madness quickly ensues.
Well done to everyone for all your hard work and dedication. We’re so proud of you for this wonderful achievement. We can’t wait to see what our recent leavers and The Babolin Theatre get up to next!
Another ensemble triumph from Babolin TheatreFringeReview
This is a company that consistently infects the audience with their volcanic energy and 110% commitmentFringeReview
Pure top-quality fringe, a visual and vocal feast!FringeReview
Visually, vocally and musically rich and diverse, the wordplay is thrilling and the laughter comes easilyFringeReview
A masterclass in contemporary ensemble performance!British Theatre Guide
What is so wonderful about this production is its endless inventionBritish Theatre Guide
An extraordinary cast of gifted and generous performersBritish Theatre Guide
Performed with courage and in a genuine and passionate manner which Don Quixote would approve.EdinburghGuide.com