Double award for playwright at the Edinburgh Festival

Rebecca Hill and Bradley Leech of Unbound Productions
Rebecca Hill and Bradley Leech of Unbound Productions

Young Luton playwright Rebecca Hill is celebrating after winning not one but two accolades at the Edinburgh Festival – the prestigious Fringe First Award from The Scotsman and the Three Weeks Editor’s Award.

They were for her play Travesti, a warm and witty feminist piece played entirely by men.

Still reeling with excitement and shock the former Hillborough Junior School pupil said: “We played the entire festival to full houses and couldn’t believe when we won.”

Yet in April she and her Unbound Productions partner Bradley Leech were uncertain whether they had enough cash to go to the Scottish capital.

They appealed for crowd funding through the Herald & Post’s sister paper, the Luton News.

She said: “Thanks to your support we went beyond our target and were able to support the production financially.”

Rebecca, 23, is now director in residence at the Almeida Theatre while Bradley, who used to go to Stopsley High School, and was a board member of the St Andrews Players, is producer and programmes administrator at the Italia Conti Academy.