Brunton Players debut with Arabian Nights

Apr 30 2013 | By More

New adult drama group’s first main-stage appearance

The Brunton Players make their main stage debut on Saturday. Photo © The Brunton

The Brunton Players make their main stage debut on Saturday. Photo © The Brunton

By Thom Dibdin

The Brunton Players, the adult amateur theatre group set up by the Musselburgh venue in January 2012, is to make its main stage debut on Saturday with Gerry Mulgrew’s Tales of the Arabian Nights.

Tutored by professional actor Derek McGhie, whose TV work includes Still Game and Being Victor, the Players meet weekly at the Brunton.

The company has already performed two small scale shows, but this will be their first production on the main stage – complete with costumes, lighting and a set.

Speaking of the show, McGhie said: “I am delighted to be working with the Brunton Players. The members are from all walks of life and the diverse mix of people makes it a very exciting and inspiring group to tutor.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with such a diverse group of adults, and it’s great to see them grow in confidence and ability as performers. There’s something for everyone in this production: from romance to adventure, from peril to joy, it’s filled with countless amounts of fun and laughter!”

Mulgrew’s version of the epic ancient book is an action packed adventure in a telling that is suitable for all the family. It tells the tale of Shaharazade the young storyteller who, in order to save her life, must tell her fantastical tales to King Shazaman each night.

This production, which plays for one night only on Saturday 4 May at 7pm, includes some well known classic stories. From Sinbad the Sailor to an evil Genie, from a vengeful King to a Princess in Peril.

Tales of the Arabian Nights
The Brunton, Saturday 4 May, 7pm.
Tickets £6.75 (£25 for a family of 4) from The Brunton Box Office on 0131 665 2240 or online at

The Brunton Players meet on Mondays from 7pm to 9pm in the Rehearsal Room at The Brunton, Musselburgh. The group is open to anyone aged 18 and over who is interested in acting. According to a spokesperson for the Brunton: “No prior experience is necessary, just an interest in acting and lots of enthusiasm!”

Further details from: East Lothian Council Arts Service on 0131 665 9900 or email:


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