Amateur Company Listings

Upcoming productions from Edinburgh’s amateur companies.

(Click on the name of the show to go to its ticketing site).

January 2017

Weds 4 – Sat 7 January 2017
Jekyll & Hyde – The Musical
Inverleith St Serf’s Church Centre, 1a Clark Road, EH5 3BD
Weds 4 – Fri 6: 7.30pm; Sat 7: 2.30pm only.
First outing for Edinburgh’s latest young musicals company, B2, formed from the leavers from Forth Children’s Theatre. Started by Claire Stewart and Kerry-Anne Dougan who are the long-term director and musical director of FCT, the company is in friendship with FCT and aims to push the “darker” side of theatre. Jekyll & Hyde is just the right opening production then.

Thurs 19 – Sat 21 January 2017
MAMA: Revue 2017
Brunton Theatre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA. Phone booking: 0131 665 2240
Evenings: 7.30pm. Sat Mat: 2pm.
Musselburgh Amateur Musicals Association present their 2017 Revue, a family show packed with crowd pleasing songs from popular musicals and more. Will no doubt include a few numbers from this year’s main show, Spamalot, which plays at the Brunton April 5 – 8. Click here for Spamalot tickets and details.

Fri 20 – Fri 27 January 2017
Bedlam Festival
Bedlam Theatre, 11b Bristo Place, EH1 1EZ
Various times.
The EUTC stage a startling variety of short theatre skits, longer pieces and comedy. Including Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano (Mon: 6.30pm, Thurs: 7.30pm) and a cabaret noire, based on Mack the Knife (Wed 6.30pom, Fri 7.30pm).

Fri 27/Sat 28 January 2017
Lysistrata
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Evenings: 7.30pm, Sat Mat: 2pm.
First outing for the newly formed Attic Collective. After two decades of war the men are dying and the women feel powerless to stop it. Lysistrata gathers together women from every state to enact her plan. The men will be denied what they desire the most. To get it back, they must agree to peace. Full of raucous humour, buffoonery and packed with double entendre this radical adaptation will challenge and excite.

February 2017

Weds 1/Thurs 2 February 2017
Salomé
Bedlam Theatre, 11b Bristo Place, EH1 1EZ
Evenings: 7.30pm.
EUTC stage Wilde’s one-act tragedy, written during his self-inflicted extradition in Paris. This biblical coming-of-age story is told with typical Wildean extravagance, in a production inspired by the artistic influences in Wilde’s life.

Thurs 2 – Sat 4 February 2017
Closer
Assembly Roxy (upstairs), 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU
Evenings Thurs – Sat: 7.30pm.
New amateur company Tidal Waif present Patrick Marber’s Closer. Set over a period of four years in contemporary London, the play follows four characters and the relationships that develop, and break, between them.
Tidal Waif Productions on Facebook: tidalwaif

Tue 7 – Sat 11 February 2017
Urinetown The Musical
Church Hill Theatre 33a Morningside Road, EH10 4DR
Evenings Tue – Sat: 7.30pm, Sat Mat: 2.30pm.
EU Footlights present Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis satyrical musical, set in a town suffering a 20 year drought. The notorious Urine Good Company (UGC) controls the regulation of water and public toilets, exploiting the poor and threatening to banish them to “Urinetown” if taxes aren’t paid, while they enjoy their luxurious lifestyle.

Wed 8 – Sat 11 February 2017
A Few Good Men
Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU
Evenings Wed – Sat: 7.30pm.
Beam Theatre’s take on the compelling story of the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay. The Navy lawyer expects a plea bargain but, prodded by a female member of his defence team, eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his client – putting the military mentality and the Marine code of honour on trial.

Sat 11 February 2017
60 Years of Edinburgh Grand Opera
St Andrews & St George’s West 13 George Street, EH2 2PA
Evening: 7.30pm.
Edinburgh Grand Opera celebrates its 60th anniversary, in a concert performance conducted by one of the current directors, Susannah Wapshott.

Tue 14 – Sat 18 February 2017
Oliver!
Edinburgh Tabernacle, 41-42 Ferry Road, Inverleith Gardens, EH3 5PR
Evenings: 7.30pm.
Matinee Sat: 2.30pm.
A-Team productions take on Lionel Bart’s great musical with Sally Cairns returning to direct. To give this much-performed musical a different twist – and with due deference to Bart’s other musical hit, Blitz – she is setting the show in war-torn London of WW2.
A Team website: www.a-teamproductions.org

Thurs 16 – Sat 18 February 2017
SCDA Edinburgh and district One Act Festival
Church Hill Theatre 33a Morningside Road, EH10 4DR
Evenings: 7pm.
Six local amateur companies go head to head with nine competing one act plays in the Edinburgh and District round of this annual competition. The competing companies are Caveat Theatre, Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group (GRADS), Edinburgh Makars, Indelible Arts Youth Theatre, Leitheatre and Penicuik Community Theatre Group.

Thurs 16 – Sat 18 February 2017
Loretto Youth Players: Summer Holiday
Brunton Theatre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA. Phone booking: 0131 665 2240
Evenings: 7.30pm. Sat Mat: 1.30pm.
After 28 years of performing in Loretto Church Hall, this company of local 10 to 18 year-olds move to the Brunton with the tall story of Don and the boys on their two week trip round Europe on a London bus. Traipse back to the colourful swinging sixties, with songs by Cliff Richard and The Shadows.

Tue 21 – Sat 25 February 2017
Titanic The Musical
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Evenings: 7.30pm, Sat Mat: 2.30pm.
Southern Light present the musical based on RMS Titanic, the supposedly “unsinkable” ship of dreams which, in the early hours of 15 April 1912, struck an iceberg before sinking with the loss of 1517 souls. Peter Stone and Maury Yeston’s powerful and dramatic score uses a large cast to create a musical like no other this season.

Tue 28 Feb – Sat Sat 4 March 2017
The Marriage of Figaro
Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU
Evenings Tue/Wed, Fri/Sat: 7pm.
The student-run company Edinburgh Studio Opera present Jeremy Sams’ English translation of Mozart’s great comic opera. Direction if from Thomas Henderson, with William Conway as MD.

March 2017

Thurs 2 – Sat 4 March 2017
Captivate Theatre: Oliver!
Brunton Theatre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA. Phone booking: 0131 665 2240
Evenings: 7.30pm. Sat Mat: 2pm.
Captivate Drama reprise their Edinburgh fringe 2016 hit production of Oliver!. Packed with well-loved songs and given a traditional telling, here’s Linus West’s review of the show back in August: ✭✭✭✭✩ Polished.

Wed 15 – Sat 18 March 2017
9 to 5 The Musical
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Evenings: 7.30pm, Sat Mat: 2.30pm.
The Bohemians bring the upbeat and high energy 9 to 5 – The Musical. Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, book by Patricia Resnick it’s a hilarious story of friendship, gossip and revenge. Pushed to boiling point by their sexist, egotistical, lying, bigot of a boss, three unlikely female friends take control of the company learning there’s very little they can’t do – even in a man’s world!

Tue 21– Sat 25 March 2017
EDGAS Presents Ruddygore
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Evenings: 7.30pm, Sat Mat: 2.30pm.
Robin Oakapple’s plans to marry sweet little Rose Maybud are thwarted when he discovers that he is a bad baronet of Ruddygore. If he fails to commit a crime a day then his ghostly ancestors will descend from their picture frames to torture him. Does this mean that Rose will marry the dastardly sailor, Dick Dauntless?

Tue 21– Sat 25 March 2017
EUSOG present HMS Pinafore
Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU
Evenings: 7.30pm.
Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group has  chosen to set its Pinafore on a present day cruise ship; the show being the ship’s grand opening. It will be in the style of a cabaret with a big band sound, Hawaiian shirts, fun dance numbers and hand-held microphones to show the cheesiness of cruise entertainment.

Tue 28 Feb – Sat 1 April 2017
Hatches, Matches and Dispatches
Saughtonhall Church, 85-87 Saughtonhall Drive, EH12 5TR
Evenings Tue – Fri: 7.30pm; Sat, matinee only: 2.30pm.
Saughtonhall Drama Group follow up their EdFringe 2016 hit  version of Alan Cochrane’s Ne’er the Twain (✭✭✭✭✩ Funny) with its companion piece. Set in the 1920s, as Leith and Edinburgh are about to be joined, the McIvor family from Leith and the Burns family from Edinburgh are also about to be brought together – by the marriage of their children.

Wed 29 Feb – Sat 1 April 2017
The Importance of Being Earnest
Church Hill Theatre 33a Morningside Road, EH10 4DR
Evenings Weds – Fri: 7.30pm; Sat, matinee only: 2.30pm.
It’s back to basics for Edinburgh People’s Theatre, with Oscar Wilde’s most brilliant tour de force. Helen Hammond directs with Helen Hymers getting her lungs around the power of Lady Bracknell’s lines. Pat Hymers and Mike Brownsell take on Jack and Algie, with Steph Hammond and Kelly Simmonds as Gwendolen and Cecily.

April 2017

Tue 4 – Sat 8 April 2017
The Drowsy Chaperone
Church Hill Theatre 33a Morningside Road, EH10 4DR
Evenings Tues – Fri: 7.30pm; Sat, matinee only: 2.30pm.
The Twilighters have chosen the multi-Tony Award-winning parody of 1920s American musical comedy for their second outing. A grouchy musicals fan plays a recording of his favourite musical – which takes on a life of its own as he listens.

Wed 5 – Sat 8 April 2017
Fiddler on the Roof
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Evenings: 7.30pm, Sat Mat: 2.30pm.
Edinburgh Music Theatre with Fiddler on the Roof, the story of the Jewish Milkman, Tevye and his family in early 20th Century Russia. Overflowing with humour and passion it is one of the most-loved musicals of all time featuring If I Were a Rich Man, Sunrise Sunset, Matchmaker Matchmaker and many more.

Wed 5 – Sat 8 April 2017
MAMA: Spamalot
Brunton Theatre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA. Phone booking: 0131 665 2240
Evenings: 7.30pm. Sat Mat: 2pm.
Musselburgh Amateur Musicals Association present the East Lothian premiere of Monty Python’s Spamalot. Lovingly ripped off from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, with book by Eric Idle and score by Idle and John Du Prez, it comes complete with clip-clopping cocoanuts, strong language and adult themes.

Mon 24 – Sat 29 April 2017
The Memory of Water
St Ninians, 40 Comely Bank, EH4 1AG.
Evenings: 7.30pm (to be confirmed)
Edinburgh Theatre Arts take on Shelagh Stephenson’s emotionally-charged – but hugely funny – The Memory of Water.

May 2017

Wed 17 – Sat 20 May 2017
Leitheatre: Bouncers
Studio @ The Festival Theatre, 22 Potterrow, EH8 9BL. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Evenings: 7.30pm.
Leitheatre take on John Godber’s early hit. Judd, Les, Lucky Eric and Ralph man the doors of a nightclub. They’re mad, occasionally bad, but full of bravado and brawn and insist you dress to impress. These four lads watch girls dance around their handbags and the lads on the pull and play all the guys and gals that arrive.