UCB student Mark Olszewski and his theatre company have previewed their debut play before taking it on the road to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Through his studies on the Acting for Touring Theatre Foundation Degree at UCB, Mark has learnt the fundamentals of starting and operating a theatre company and put them into practice with fellow thespian William Batty creating the Marcus and Wilhelm theatre company. For their first production, produced in association with The Civic Barnsley and inspired by playwrights Beckett and Stoppard, the duo co-wrote and produced their absurdist comedy Stiffs, a play that ponders the meaning of life and ideas of death through dark humour.

“Setting up the company and creating our own work has been a stressful yet rewarding process. Producing my own material has always been an ambition of mine.”

The show previewed at the Civic Barnsley to a theatre full of friends, family and members of the public, with the duo ending the show with a question and answer session, where they gathered feedback to help develop the play further.

Stiffs will now be hitting the road to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, opening at theSpace on North Bridge: Perth Theatre between 3 and 11 August. Tickets range from £5 to £9.

Mark said: “I am extremely happy with the number of people that came to see the preview and I am grateful for their warm reception and generosity. Setting up the company and creating our own work has been a stressful yet rewarding process. Producing my own material has always been an ambition of mine. The Fringe is now quickly approaching and we’re all very excited for what is to come!”

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