Student play to be performed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

A performance by Leicester students illustrating the untold lives of people living on a council estate will be finding its way to the stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe between 17 and 22 August.

The State of Concrete is written by student Francesca Leone and directed by Dominic Dichen and is based on the real people Francesca grew up with in her deprived community.

Francesca said: “The State of Concrete seeks to contest the caricatures, which are so often displayed on the 6’oclock news, on Eastenders, or even in Jim Cartwright’s Road; displaying the stereotypes people see, and contrasting them with what lies underneath.

Dominic said: “We wanted this play to be constantly moving and scenes of estate life to be in the background to the action: the deals that go down; the gossiping neighbours; the loitering youth and the feeling of never being alone, which comes from living in such proximity.”

The State of Concrete will be at the Surgeons Hall (Venue 53), Grand Theatre, from 17 – 22 August at 12:40 (lasting 75 minutes) with tickets costing £5.