Woodburn’s starring role in Fringe play

The cast of Edinburgh Fringe play  One, Two, Three Yippee',  set in Woodburn and written by Bonnyrigg playwright Jack Elliot (pictured in the middle of the back row)

The cast of Edinburgh Fringe play  One, Two, Three Yippee', set in Woodburn and written by Bonnyrigg playwright Jack Elliot (pictured in the middle of the back row)

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A play about three siblings trying to escape from living in Woodburn is coming to the end of its run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

’One, Two, Three, Yippee’ was written by and stars Bonnyrigg playwright and actor Jack Elliot (25).

The former Lasswade High pupil based the story on tales he had heard from family members about growing up in Woodburn.

He said: “It’s basically about three siblings who live in Woodburn, who get into a lot of trouble and a lot of debt.

“They call on their dad to help them, but that just causes more trouble for them.

“It’s basically three young people trying to escape Woodburn. My dad is from there, and I have got family that still stay there. My auntie once told me the story of three siblings from Woodburn and this play came from that.

“It’s a story about loss as well as family. They just do what they can to survive.

“They are just trying to better themselves, but there are paths they go down.

“It’s about choices – whether they go down the straight and narrow or into crime.

“Although it’s set in Woodburn its relevant to other small towns. It could be set anywhere really.

“And I think it would go down well in Woodburn. It’s tongue in cheek. There is nothing offensive. My family came to see it and they were just laughing.”

This is the third play Jack has put on through his own theatre company, Blazing Hyena.

He said: “There is not really a theatre company in the Edinburgh area that puts on new writers. Some of what we do is really hard-hitting stuff. We try to make it as gritty as possible.

“It’s a real working class company. We don’t pretend to be something we are not. “The aim is to take this to lots of different areas – like Woodburn and Bonnyrigg.

“There is no theatre here. When do you ever see theatre productions in Midlothian other than school plays? We have 120 seats to fill every night at the Fringe. So if it’s a success the goal is to take the show to places on the outskirts.

‘One, Two, Three Yippee’ runs until Sunday, 11pm each day, at the Space @ Surgeons’ Hall (V53), Nicolson Street.