Digital performance from The Lincoln Company at Edinburgh Fringe 2021

Digital dance, theatre, and contemporary performance from the new talent of The Lincoln Company is heading to Edinburgh Fringe 2021…



HELLO YELLOW by KettleHead Collective | THE ART OF CONSCIOUS SLEEPING By H4llucinate Theatre | LA PETITE MORT by Blunt Theatre | SOLO DOUBLE-BILL: THE BENCH & GRAIL by Rose Arnold & Caoimhe Shanahan-Peart | HOLD by UoL Dance Company with Feet Off The Ground Dance


The Lincoln Company – the celebrated company-in-residence of emerging theatre, dance and performance makers based at the University of Lincoln – will be returning to Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year with five unique and exciting new shows.

The company will again be part of the acclaimed ZOO Venues programme, and this year audiences will be able to get the Edinburgh Festivals experience streamed live to their living room. All five Lincoln Company Presents… pieces will be available, throughout the festival, via flagship digital fringe platform ZOOTV, with tickets available via

The shows have been created specifically for digital audiences, by the emerging artists and makers of Lincoln School of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Lincoln, with many of the pieces filmed in and around beautiful and unusual locations across the city and campus. There is a mixture of original dance, choreography, theatre, new writing, and performance across the five pieces which were all conceived, researched, and created under the evolving restrictions and safety procedures that have been such a big part of the last eighteen months.

In the smile-inducing Hello Yellow, a group of curious beings dance, explore, and play through the streets of the city in a strange and sensorial adventure that’s been described as “CBeebies meets Dada”. While The Art of Conscious Sleeping sends audiences on a hero’s journey out of a boring daily grind, and into a surreal dreamland populated by famous characters from the history of art who have stepped straight out of their picture frames.

La Petite Mort from 2020 graduates Blunt Theatre, was reimagined, created, and filmed entirely under the earliest full lockdown with each performer entirely isolated from another. The company turned this to their advantage and created a complex and dark fairy-tale, that explores expectations of the female body, and what it means to be observed.

For the first time, the company will be presenting solo performance work in a double-bill of moving and reflective site-specific pieces. Grail from Caoimhe Shanahan-Peart is a modern ritual, and a joyful encouragement to dance and live like nobody’s watching. The Bench, is a brave and vulnerable auto-biographical work from writer and performer Rose Arnold, that explores how we might heal ourselves from trauma.

In another first, The Lincoln Company are presenting the work of UoL Dance who have created Hold in collaboration with the professional dancers and choreographers of female-led contemporary dance collective, Feet Off the Ground Dance.

Interim Head of LSFPA Dr. Andrew Westerside said, “We’re thrilled to able to take these pieces to the festival this year, with the support of our fantastic partners at ZOO Venues. Our students and The Lincoln Company have worked tirelessly through the pandemic to work together and keep their creativity alive – these excellent pieces of work are testament to their effort and skill”

The Lincoln Company are based at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and work to produce and tour high-quality, original performance to venues and festivals around the UK throughout the year. The company is managed by the student members, under the guidance of Creative Engagement Producer Rachel Baynton who said, “this has been the most challenging of circumstances for our emerging artists as they take the first step in their professional careers, but their positivity and creative problem-solving has been honestly inspiring. We are also hugely grateful for the support of our teaching and technical staff in helping us to rehearse, develop, and produce these pieces safely, and we’re delighted we can bring this great work to Edinburgh 2021.”



“Best ‘Quick’ Show of the Festival” – The Sunday Times

Featured in “The Best Shows at The Festival” – The Guardian

★★★★ The Stage | ★★★★ The Fringe Review | ★★★★ The Reviews Hub | ★★★★ The National Student

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Prices start from £3 with 70% of all sales coming back to the Company to cover costs.

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