A Dark Take on First Love at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

3 Jul 2012

Moth to the Flame is an Award-winning play by Annie McCourt from County Durham, who won Trinity College London’s International Playwriting Competition in 2011 in the category Plays for Teenage Audiences. In the beginning, what seems to be a portrayal of first love between streetwise city girl Phoebe and country bumpkin Dickie, soon turns into a much darker story.

Director Tom Foster held auditions in London and cast Katurah Morrish as Phoebe and Joe Spence as Dickie. Tom said, “Kat and Joe have been excellent to work with; they are hungry to explore and Annie's play is an excellent playground for young actors to have fun in by exploring different roles, a range of dialects, emotions, and ages. These young actors have created an energetic, rhythmic piece that is compelling to watch.”

Joe said, “It is an incredibly exciting opportunity for me to be able to perform at the prestigious Festival Fringe. We are lucky to have such a successful, vibrant festival on our doorstep.

“Moth to the Flame is beautifully written and at the same time very relevant to our modern communication-based way of life. I hope that my portrayal of Dickie will adequately reflect the trials and insecurities of lovelorn teenagers everywhere.”
John Gardyne, Head of Drama and Performance at Trinity College London, is thrilled   that the play, which made its debut at the Unicorn Theatre in London, is being performed again. John said, “The astonishing performances of these two fabulously talented young actors in Tom Foster’s brilliant production create an intense and compelling 55 minutes of theatre.”

The play is being staged from 6 – 8 August at Paradise in St Augustine’s at 11:15 and again at 18:15 at Paradise in the Vault. To book tickets visit www.trinitycollege.co.uk/fringe

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