Catch Ashbourne drama students in ‘Case Number’ at Edinburgh Fringe

July 1, 2014

In case you missed the news last week, some of our extremely talented former students have landed spots to perform at Edinburgh Fringe this summer!

Here’s what you have to look forward to…..

Introducing Case Number, a new play which bravely attempts to shatter the patriarchal shame culture that surrounds sexual assault against women. Miss Russell, a mere number, is forced to relive the trauma of her assault through the biased legal system in an attempt to reclaim her identity. Alone she faces the reality that only 1% of rapists get convicted. Human rights theatre at its most hard hitting and beautiful.

Press Release

Enthralling Feminist theatre production, ‘Case Number’, tackles the preconceptions, and ultimately, the misconceptions surrounding rape. The play was inspired by real-life victims of rape, such as that of Frances Andrade who felt psychologically “raped all over again” by the modern-day judicial system. It is a play with a new perspective; ‘Case Number’ gives victims a voice to address the thinly-veiled patriarchy ever-present in the legal system today. Protagonist, Jenna Russell, is a mere case number who is forced to relive through the trauma of her assault and face the reality that only 3% of rapists get convicted. Human rights theatre at its best, ‘Case Number’ mirrors the real-life processions of court, interspersed by stylised physical montages, in order to demonstrate on-stage the horrifying brutality of rape both physically and psychologically.

The Production

‘Case Number’ is a brand-new play brought to Edinburgh from the heart of London. It is written, directed and performed by an incredibly dedicated all-female cast, and is looking to perform in Belize in order to raise international awareness of our cause. It is a self-sufficiently student run production with professional standards.

The Company:

‘Case Number’ is the pride of the student-led production company ‘Tea & Toast Productions’. The cast include: Karol Cybulski, Ingrid Perdomo, Topaz Peretz and Kirsten Jones – all of whom earned drama scholarships at the acclaimed ‘Ashbourne College’ – Kensington, London

Cast biography:

Karol Cybulski – previously a full-time student at the famous ‘Sylvia Young Theatre School’, Karol has had much experience working on-stage, including performing in London’s West End Live festival. Karol is also a graduate of the ‘BFI Film Academy’, and will be forging her career at AUB University this September.
Ingrid Perdomo – Originating from Belize, Ingrid has worked extensively with the ‘Belize Theatre Company’. She studied drama at the ‘H.W.B Performing Arts school’ in the USA, before moving to the UK to continue her studies at LAMDA this summer.
Topaz Peretz – Topaz spent 3 years studying physical theatre at ‘Chickenshed Productions’. She is currently a circus performer at the ‘Aircraft Circus’ and will be moving to the USA to study at the ‘New York Film Academy’ later this year.
Kirsten Jones – moved from her birthplace South Africa to England to be a full-time student at ‘Redroofs Theatre School’. She has since been offered a place at the University of East Anglia to pursue her passion for creative writing, and has written for international organisations such as the SPCA.

Our aim is to raise awareness; to bring the unspeakable reality of the injustice of the court to stage, and to shatter the pervasive shame culture surrounding sexual violence against women

Listings information and tickets

Production: Case Number
Company: Tea & Toast Productions
Venue: Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall, Venue 278, 22 Hanover St,(Up from National Gallery) Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Dates: Wednesday 20 Aug to Sunday 24 August 2014
Time: 23:10 (45m)
Tickets: £6.00 / concs £4.00 / Group Discount 10% for groups of 10+
Venue box office: 0131 220 5911
Fringe box office: 0131 226 0000 / www.edfringe.com

Further information and photos available from: Karol Cybulski on 07583610203 or Rachel Thomson-King on 01634 829468 or 07956 369291 / office@spotlites.co.uk / www.spotlites.co.uk