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PUBLISHED: 13:04 08 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:05 12 August 2010

HAPPY TRIO: The Fat Content Theatre Company, Rachel Lincoln, 20, (middle) with Anna Beecher, 21 and Daniel Redfern-Holme, 20.

HAPPY TRIO: The Fat Content Theatre Company, Rachel Lincoln, 20, (middle) with Anna Beecher, 21 and Daniel Redfern-Holme, 20.

A THEATRE company has secured funding from a business consultancy after being named runner-up in a search for the county s next top performers. The trio, called Fat Content, who are based in Hayes, secured the support from the company Year One after the

A THEATRE company has secured funding from a business consultancy after being named runner-up in a search for the county's next top performers.

The trio, called Fat Content, who are based in Hayes, secured the support from the company Year One after the consultancy firm launched the competition Show:Edinburgh, in search of Kent's next big stars to take their act to the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Although Fat Content were pipped to the top-spot, and the £1000 prize by Canterbury-based group Beady Eye, they impressed judges of Show:Edinburgh so much that the company has pledged to help them to grow in the future.

Rachel Lincoln, 20, of Abbotsbury Road, Hayes, said: "It was fantastic to be involved with the competition.

"They have given us £200 and some important mentoring and support."

Miss Lincoln, who attended the Italia Conti stage school, in Hawkwood Lane, Chislehurst, added: "We won't be going do Edinbugh this summer as we have a residency at the Croydon Clocktower theatre, where we are transforming the courtyard space for three months.

We are going to develop our act and we hope to take the show to Edinburgh next year.

The cabaret style act is made up of Miss Lincoln, Anna Beecher, 21 and Daniel Redfern-Holme, 20 who both live in Surrey.

The three actors met while studying theatre at the BRIT performing arts and technology school, in Crystal Palace, where they first put together a show in 2007.

The group have since put on shows and revues at the Pleasance Theatre, in Edinburgh and at venues across London.

Although they didn't win the top prize of Show:Edinburgh, which was a £1000 fund to help put on a show at the Festival this August, they reached the final shortlist of the best four acts from Kent, and clearly impressed the panel of judges.

A spokesman from Year One, the organisers of Show:Edinburgh, said: "Year One Consulting is going to be sponsoring the company and becoming a special patron of Fat Content. All the panel hope to see them perform as they tour this year."

The Managing Director of Year One, Tim le Lean, said that it is becoming more and more important for the private sector to fund developing groups like Fat Content.

He said: "It's important for performers to get their work seen to establish themselves professionally, but it can be difficult to fund this so we hope this will help Kent's creative talent get their show on the road.

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