Plymouth company New Model Theatre moves Static on after Edinburgh success
A CITY company is basking in the glow of warm reviews for its latest work.
New Model Theatre's Static enjoyed a 21-night run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world's biggest celebration of art.
Festival magazine Three Weeks gave the show four stars.
The Plymouth-grown work also found success Manchester, Camden in London, and in Exeter.
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The New Model Theatre team of writer Tom Nicholas and performer Hugh McCann both enjoyed exposure in the national press.
The Guardian interviewed the pair and raved about Static, saying it was "brilliantly executed, with a clever script and a sterling performance from McCann".
Tom himself was just as upbeat about the experience, although he was apprehensive at first.
He says: "Edinburgh has thousands of shows at hundreds of venues and when we first got there it was a sea of people. There was the panic of thinking 'nobody will come'.
"But if you trust your show you know it will be all right. There are lots of shows – but there are lots of people to come and see them.
"People come, they recommend it and it snowballs. You get that buzz."
The snowball started at the Barbican Theatre where Static was premiered in February after development as part of the city venue's Flourish project to foster new works.
"The Barbican has been really helpful," says Tom, 20.
"Getting professional feedback that says 'we think that's a good idea too' is really encouraging.
"Seeing how other companies have developed through Flourish gives you confidence as well."
Tom is now applying for Arts Council funding to develop the play further, using reaction from audiences.
The basic story won't change, though. It's an optimistic coming-of-age tale of a boy growing up in the early 21st century.
Static asks what it will take for generation used to interacting with the world from behind screens to get out on the streets to try to instigate change.
The plan is to bring Static back to the Barbican early in 2014, which wouldn't depend on the arts body cash.
After that, the aim is to have anther tour with the remodelled work.
Meanwhile, Tom wants to set up bi-monthly "scratch" nights in the near future.
"They would be networking events to help make or show new work," he says. "I'm in discussion with some venues in Plymouth."