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AN ENGLISH Literature student from Solihull is taking the starring role in a show opening at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this week.

Grace Cheatle, who hails from Hillfield, tackles the tricky character of Salome, from Oscar Wilde’s lesser known tragedy of the same name.

Grace Cheatle, who hails from Hillfield, tackles the tricky character of Salome, from Oscar Wilde’s lesser known tragedy of the same name.

The play, performed by Durham University Drama Group, tells the Biblical story of King Herod’s stepdaughter, Salome, who requests the head of John the Baptist on a silver platter as a reward for dancing the seven veils.

“It’s been tough,” she admitted. “It’s a dark play to get to grips with.

“She’s a spoilt child and a little psychotic.”

The show arrived at the festival on Monday and audiences not familiar with the work may have had a somewhat gruesome surprise at the end.

“I get to kiss the severed head, lucky me!

“It’s revolting but hopefully in a good way.”

It’s the first time the 20-year-old has visited the Fringe, and Grace said she was loving every minute of it.

“It’s fantastic. I’d definitely come again. You have to be prepared to be accosted and spend money but there are so many different people doing so many different things.

“It gives you a chance to see things you would never normally have the opportunity to see in say Durham or Solihull.”

Grace said she would love to turn her passion into a profession but was realistic about the tough world of acting.

But whether paid or not, it’s something she has no plans to give up.

“I can’t imagine not doing acting. I can certainly imagine coming back to the Fringe post university or even carrying on back in Solihull.”

Salome opened this week and is at the Fringe until August 18.

 

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