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Fife College Graduate Has Bird’s Eye View at Edinburgh Fringe!

Former Fife College Physical Theatre student, Sita Pieraccini, is enjoying a successful run at this year’s Fringe Festival.
Sita Pieraccini in 'Bird'

The performance entitled ‘Bird’ is a unique and beautiful piece exploring one woman's' cumbersome attempts at befriending a passing songbird. The show was written and is performed by Sita who previously completed a Diploma in Physical Theatre with Fife College in 2010 and has maintained links with the course since then – she is also a graduate of Edinburgh School of Art.

Sita, 30 from Glasgow, has already had great success with her performance which was featured recently in the ‘Manipulate Festival’ at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. ‘Bird’ is currently one of the theatre shows in the ‘Made In Scotland’ showcase - a showcase of Scottish performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the biggest event of its kind, supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

‘Bird’ portrays the life of a sole character who lives in a vast and desolate world – one lone creature who is starved of food and friendship. With only a patch of soil to call her own, she must be ready to seize every small opportunity that might fly by. It is a timeless tale of friendship, courage, magic and madness.

Said Sita: “It’s been a busy time recently being part of the Fringe - I’m thoroughly enjoying it and it has been fantastic to get such a positive reaction to the show.

“‘Bird’ allows me to use my range of skills in acting, singing, visual art, physical theatre and music. It has evolved from a three-minute, character driven clown short, into a full-length solo piece exploring the difficulties in measuring our personal needs and wants against what our environment can sustain. The piece was created in collaboration with live sound artist and musician, David Pollock, who, through his excellent sound effects brings ‘Bird’ to life.

“Completing the Diploma in Physical Theatre Practice gave me a great insight into Physical Theatre which I use throughout the performance – it’s a great course and I would recommend it to anyone looking to enhance their skills in this area or learn something new.”

The Diploma in Physical Theatre Practice course is a unique course which offers degree and HND graduates the opportunity to get practical experience in an area they may have only studied in theory. The course is also valuable to those already working in drama to explore Physical Theatre, Movement and Devising Skills.

Sarah Halliwell, Curriculum Manager for Performing Arts, was delighted to hear of Sita’s successful Fringe Performance and said: “Our Physical Theatre Diploma is internationally recognised with students attending from all over Europe, many of whom, like Sita, go on to appear in and produce a wonderful range of artistic and successful work. The course, is based at Summerhall in Edinburgh making it accessible to a wide range of students and near to a vibrant theatre community.”

'Bird' is on until Sunday 28th of August at Dancebase, Grassmarket (Venue 22) from 6.30pm. Tickets are £12, £10 concession and available from the box office before the show - for further details call 0131 225 5525.

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