Atmospheric show The Strasse set for Bedlam Theatre performance
New play by Tash Frost brings ominous atmosphere of short story to stage
Edinburgh University’s Bedlam Theatre is perhaps one of the capital’s most prolific live performance venues, with adaptations and new writing showcased at lunchtimes and special week-long productions. The UK’s oldest student-run theatre, it’s been responsible for bringing several emerging playwrights, like Lucy Kirkwood and Ella Hickson, to the limelight. One of November’s highlights at the theatre, however, is atmospheric new play The Strasse by Tash Frost.
Frost, a second year English Literature and Spanish student, has been writing and directing plays at the Bedlam since her first year and her latest offering portrays a power struggle that breaks out between gang members in the fictional town of Meerstrasse. She says: ‘It’s an adaptation of a short story that I wrote this summer and an amalgamation of a few of the books I was reading at the time.’ The books she cites span a wide literary spectrum, from classics like Charles Dickens’ Hard Times to modern science fiction tomes such as The Ender Saga by Orson Scott Card.
Currently slated for just one performance, the production features 17 cast members, all of whom Frost describes as very talented. And with so many actors to play with, the writer seems particularly happy at being able to successfully re-create the energetic and ominous atmosphere of her script on stage. ‘It’s quite action-packed,’ she explains. ‘The action’s quite explosive at times, which is good fun for us. It’s very dynamic and very physical. I think it’s going to be a treat to watch.’
Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 17 Nov