Powerful all-male dance troupe Edge FWD, who took the Edinburgh Festival by storm with their show A Beautiful Hell, will be performing it again in the North West during October.

The compelling dance piece will be performing during the UCAS Compose Your Future fair at the Manchester MCC on 8 October, and as part of the Edge Hill University Arts Centre opening celebration on 24 October.

Their captivating performance in A Beautiful Hell is a vivid combination of daring physical theatre, sophisticated gesture and spoken word woven together by acclaimed choreographer Gary Clarke. Watch them in rehearsals here.


At Edinburgh, Edge Hill University’s unique dance company received rave reviews from art critics and their excited audiences.  

Festmag described their performance as, “the energy that comes off this ensemble is electric. When they fling themselves, they really fling themselves, when they scream, they mean it.” They also received a four star review from the Scottish Herald who say “the dancing crackles with class”.

Debbie Milner, senior lecturer in Dance at Edge Hill and who is also the Company Director, said: “They have been phenomenal. They have sold out each night, unheard of in fringe dance events. They have received four and five star reviews, including lots of press attention and Britain’s Got Talent are coming tomorrow especially to see them.”

Join the talented young men from Edge FWD as they embark on a humorous and touching journey in search of love, acceptance and freedom. The nine dancers present an intricate landscape of dreams and desires that explores the notion of exclusion and what it’s like to be an outsider.

Karen Jaundrill-Scott, Programme Leader for Dance, said: “It’s so exciting to have Edge FWD perform at one of the most prestigious festivals in the world and is testimony to their talents, hard work and commitment. They have grown so much in maturity as both dancers and performers under the direction of Debbie Milner. I’m very proud of their achievements and it’s fantastic to watch them enthral the audiences at this year’s Festival.”

Edge FWD was established by the University’s Performing Arts Department to help break down stereotypes, encourage young men to feel confident about dancing and to highlight dance as a career choice.

Other recent reviews for Edge FWD say…

“This attractive young all-male dance group clearly knows how to deliver a fun and juicy dance-based performance to a crowd that was amused, engaged and taken aback all at once. More power to them.” – Donald Hutera, The Times.

The Lowry Youth Dance Partnership say: “Edge FWD has a fantastic reputation in the north-west and beyond its borders as a strong, proactive group of young men who are more than just excellent performers. They produce versatile and challenging work that appeals to a wide audience, are active advocates for dance and excellent role models for the younger generation of boys dance.”

For further information about studying Dance at Edge Hill University, visit www.ehu.ac.uk/studydancedrama.

Images of Edge FWD credited to photographer Francis Western-Smith.