VCA students present seven new works at Melbourne Fringe Festival

September 15 / 167

 

Seven new works by Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) students will feature as part of FRISK - a festival of new performance - at this year’s Melbourne Fringe, from September 24 to 27.

 

Spanning topics such as sexual objectification by the media, artificial intelligence and the meaning of life, FRISK enables graduating VCA theatre and production students to showcase their work at one of the largest multi-art form festivals in Australia.

 

Robert Walton, Lecturer in Theatre at the VCA, said the FRISK project was designed to specifically prepare students to graduate from VCA with real world skills.

 

“Not only do our students experience the whole lifecycle of a new show, they become part of an established festival and learn to network and engage with their peers and the Melbourne theatre community.”

 

A year-long project for the VCA students, FRISK empowers the students to experience pitching, fundraising, rehearsing, performing, and touring.

 

“Transitioning out of study is a critical period in an artist’s life. Students learn to build upon the professional skills they have developed at the VCA and put them into practice,” Mr Walton said.

 

The seven shows chosen for 2015 operate across a wide range of genres and form, from physical theatre and choose-your-own adventure to black comedy and interactive gaming.

 

“Creating original, high-quality theatre is our students’ strength,” Mr Walton said.

 

“The Melbourne Fringe Festival provides them with the ability to perform to a diverse audience as well as immerse themselves in the festival experience.”

Story by Louise Bennet

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