Talented trio tackling annual fringe festival

Budding comedians Jamie Eastlake (left) and Jake Robson from Blyth are all set to play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Budding comedians Jamie Eastlake (left) and Jake Robson from Blyth are all set to play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
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A THEATRE and film company from Blyth is on a mission to raise laughs by tackling one of the world’s biggest arts festivals.

Talented teenagers Jamie Eastlake, 19, Jamie Marshall, 19, and Jacob Robson, 18, will perform their own ‘mockumentary’, Big School, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The trio, who set up TTMOOTV Theatre and Film Company (Taking The Mick Out Of Television), have written the hour-long production and raised more than £4,000 to stage it themselves on six successive days at Surgeon’s Hall just off the Royal Mile from Monday, August 15.

Jamie Eastlake, of Bath Lane, Blyth, said: “The show is a surreal look at life at a typical secondary school.

“It’s serious acting mixed in with very surreal comedy, stuff that the teenage mind seems to like.

“I wrote most of the script myself but Jamie and Jacob have had their ideas included too.

“At the moment, we are extremely nervous and are just trying to get everything in place.”

The friends will be among thousands of performers entertaining the crowds all over Edinburgh during the three-week festival, which started last Friday.

They raised the required funding by holding raffles, race nights and grocery packing.

The festival will be the first time the friends have performed on stage, although all of them are keen amateur actors and performers.

Both Jamies live in Blyth and are former pupils of Astley High School in Seaton Delaval.

Jamie Eastlake is currently studying a degree in theatre studies through London-based Rose Bruford College, and hopes for a career on the stage.

Jamie Marshall is studying chemistry at Northumbria University and Jacob is an A-level student at Gosforth High School.

Jamie Eastlake said: “We used to do shows when we were at school and after that we wanted a new mission in life so we decided to tackle the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

“It’s an incredible opportunity for us all and I hope that it will open the door for a career in the entertainment industry.

“If there is anyone from the area going to the fringe, pop in and see us.”

This year’s festival features more than 25,000 different events, including comedy, theatre, dance, musicals, operas, music and exhibitions.

Big names taking part both on and off stage, include Al Murray, John Malkovich, Sarah Millican and Ed Byrne.