Theatre company formed by South Woodford-born actor heading to Fringe Festival

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 July 2015

Photograph from Buckle Up Theatre's production Buckle Up, which is heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Picture: Buckle Up Theatre

Photograph from Buckle Up Theatre's production Buckle Up, which is heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Picture: Buckle Up Theatre


A theatre company formed just six months ago hopes to get audiences chuckling when it takes to the stage at a renowned festival.

Buckle Up Theatre is holding not one, but two shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, following a performance at Redbridge Drama Centre on Monday.

The company was formed by Andrew Hollingworth and Tim Gutteridge, who met at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Andrew, 27, who now lives in Loughton after growing up in South Woodford, said: “As actors, you audition for say 10 jobs and get one. We wanted to start doing our own work, work that we are passionate about and enjoy.

Buckle Up, our first play, was actually performed in 2012 at Redbridge Drama Centre and that’s where it all started.

“With two of our shows going to Edinburgh, we thought it was the perfect time to set up a company so we can continue with this.”

Buckle Up and the second show Bump were performed as a double bill at the drama centre, in Churchfields, South Woodford.

The former is an immersive piece set on an aeroplane, where the audience experiences the haplessness of the cabin crew as they prepare for take-off.

Bump, also a comedy, is a fast-paced boy-meets-girl story, where the characters address the audience in-between the dialogue.

Andrew said: “This is the first time we’ve been able to audition people and give jobs to other actors. That’s been a really enjoyable process for us.

“We are doing everything – making props, auditioning, doing the admin side of things – so it’s been quite stressful as well.

“But we are all excited for Edinburgh.”

Buckle Up Theatre’s technician and stage manager Daniel Gronner grew up with Andrew in South Woodford.

The pair have enjoyed a long association with Redbridge Drama Centre since they first began acting there as teenagers.

Andrew attended from the age of 14 to 21, when he went to Mountview.

He said: “The drama centre have been great.

“They have been really encouraging in helping us get started as a company. It feels like a family.”

Ahead of Edinburgh, the company is performing at the Greater Manchester Fringe, on Monday and Tuesday.

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