EdFringe 2023 Amateur Theatre

Aug 3 2023 | By More

Edinburgh-made amateur at #EdFringe 2023

There is a strong showing of straight plays from Edinburgh’s gifted amateur companies. The 16 productions listed here span historical drama to spanking new writing, a fascinating evening of Shakespeare and some dyed-in-the-wool comedy.

Leithetre A Midsummer Dream in Auld Reekie. The Workies. Pic: Leitheatre

There are 169 shows Made in Edinburgh at #EdFringe this year. In order to make things clearer, we have divided the listing up into seven parts. On this page you can find an alphabetical listing of all the theatre by Edinburgh’s amateur companies.

Here are links to the other listings:

Theatre by Edinburgh’s Grassroots companies.
Theatre by Edinburgh’s Youth and Student companies.
Theatre by Edinburgh’s Professional & Funded companies.
Theatre for children and young people.
Edinburgh-made Musical Theatre & Opera.
Edinburgh-made Dance, Cabaret & Spoken Word.

We are also proud to work with EPAD to produce and publish their annual listing of shows “created, performed or produced by Edinburgh’s theatre professionals” which is  here.


Alfie and George
Edinburgh Little Theatre
Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41)
4 – 11 Aug: 15:45 (1 hour)
Alfie and George are two well-loved but aging panto stars, but will this duo last as we reveal the tension between the pair – what will become of them? And will their friendship survive? Further details.

Comedy of Tenors
The Edinburgh Makars
The Royal Scots Club (Venue 241)
21 – 26 Aug: 19:30 (2 hours 15 minutes)
1930s Paris. One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, planning the concert of the century. What could possibly go wrong? Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks, and madcap delight. Further details.

Edinburgh Little Theatre
Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41)
4 – 27 Aug: 12:00 (1 hour)
This courtroom drama centres around the question of euthanasia. Did Cathy murder her mother or merely stop her suffering? This interactive production gets you questioning your beliefs – become a juror, but can you determine the truth? Further details.

The Royal Scots Club (Venue 241)
7 – 12 Aug: 18:45 (1 hour 30 minutes)
Will’s a GP. When a teenage patient kills himself, everything starts to unravel. His family campaign for better treatment of mental ill-health but they have a secret of their own. A darkly funny reflection on dealing with broken heads. Further details.

Curious Case of Osgood Mackenzie
Arkle Theatre Company
The Royal Scots Club (Venue 241)
15 – 19 Aug: 14:30 (1 hour)
Osgood is known for Inverewe Gardens in Wester Ross. Lesser known is his personal story, with his redoubtable mother, mistreated wife and the House of Lords divorce case she won. Curious to know more? Further details.

Necessary Cat
The Royal Scots Club (Venue 241)
21 – 26 Aug: 18:00 (1 hour 30 minutes)
Compelled by the ghost of his dead father to seek revenge for an untimely death, Hamlet finds the line between what is truth and what is feigned begins to blur. Further details.

The Importance of Being Earnest
Arkle Theatre Company
The Royal Scots Club (Venue 241)
14 – 19 Aug: 20:30 (1 hour 30 minutes)
Join us for a Wilde ride in this classic farce. Identities are altered and societal rules are flaunted on this fast-paced rollercoaster of witticisms, scandal, and yes… a handbag. Hilarious hijinks will ensue. Further details.

Lilies on the Land
Arkle Theatre Company
The Royal Scots Club (Venue 241)
14 – 19 Aug: 18:30 (1 hour)
Determined to support their country during World War Two, four women join the Land Army, where they find hardship, camaraderie and romance. Based on verbatim testimony, this is a funny and heart-warming tribute to their resilience. Further details.

Making History by Stephen Fry
Edinburgh Theatre Arts
St Ninian’s Hall (Venue 230)
7 – 19 Aug (not 13): “13:00, 18:00, 19:30” (2 hours 15 minutes)
The first-ever stage adaptation of the 1996 novel by Stephen Fry. A historian and a physicist have a theory that could alter history. But tinkering with timelines is more dangerous than they can imagine. Further details.

A Midsummer Dream in Auld Reekie
Inverleith St Serf’s Church Centre (Venue 83)
5 – 19 Aug (not 6, 13): “14:30, 19:30” (2 hours 15 minutes)
In this hilarious adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream the action moves from Greece to Edinburgh – the Athens of the North. A new take on Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Further details.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Necessary Cat
The Royal Scots Club (Venue 241)
21 – 26 Aug: 20:00 (2 hours 15 minutes)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern take centre stage as they stumble hilariously through the ultimate play within a play, becoming increasingly out of their depth as they face their own existential crisis. Further details.

The Royal Scots Club (Venue 241)
7 – 12 Aug: 21:00 (55 minutes)
Shakers by Godber and Thornton. 1980s Edinburgh. Four cocktail waitresses present their lives and those of their customers with wit, verve and bitter humour, revealing the harsh realities behind the glamour. Fast-moving, inventive and brutally honest. Tequila Sunrise, anyone? Further details.

The Steamie
The Brunton with David Ross and Tommie Travers
Loretto School Theatre (Venue 512)
23 – 26 Aug: “14:00, 19:30” (2 hours 20 minutes)
Come and catch up with old friends at The Steamie, a classic piece of Scottish writing by Tony Roper and popular with theatre audiences old and new. Glasgow, Hogmanay 1950, at an old public laundry house. Doreen, Magrit, Dolly and Mrs Culfeathers’ are doing the final wash of the year as they blether about the past, the future, and being pals. Further details.

Edinburgh Little Theatre
Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41)
21 – 27 Aug: 15:45 (1 hour)
William Wallace is in a London dungeon awaiting his fate, he knows what’s in store for him yet he faces up to his demise with bravery and determination. This is a stirring story as we see behind the legend. Further details.

Whisky Galore
Edinburgh People’s Theatre
Mayfield Salisbury Church (Venue 11)
4 – 19 Aug (not 6, 13): “14:30, 19:30” (2 hours)
1942. WW2. The Todday islanders are in despair – no whisky! It’s being exported to finance the war. A shipload of whisky runs aground. Can the thirsty islanders “rescue” it without unwanted attention? Come and find out! Further details.


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