EdFringe22 – Amateur Theatre

Aug 4 2022 | By More

Edinburgh-made Amateur Theatre at EdFringe 2022

Edinburgh’s theatre companies have come back strongly after the pandemic with many new shows and a handful of returning favourites.

There are 77 pieces of Edinburgh-made theatre in the EdFringe programme, with 14 in the Amateur Theatre section, listed on this page.

Iain Fraser, Ronnie Millar, Anne Mackenzie, Graham Bell, Euan McIntyre in EPT’s The Deil’s Awa!. Pic: Graham Bell

In order to make things clearer, we have divided the listing up into four parts. On this page you can find an alphabetical listing of all the productions being staged by the city’s excellent Grassroots theatre companies.

The rest of the theatre productions are listed here (click on the link to go to the page):
Theatre by Edinburgh’s Grassroots companies
Theatre by Edinburgh’s Youth & Student companies
Theatre by Edinburgh’s Professional & Funded companies.

These distinctions are sometimes slightly arbitrary, and professional companies also mentor youth companies so do look through the different sections. Also, don’t forget to look at what is on in the Musical Theatre & OperaChildren’s Theatre and Dance, Cabaret & Spoken Word  sections.


And They Played Shang-A-Lang
Edinburgh Little Theatre
Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41)
5 – 28 Aug: 13:30 (1 hour)
Back for its 10th year, this show bounces with energy. Follow Jim’s story growing up in the 70s, from school disco to nativity scene, this jukebox musical will have you laughing and crying. Must see! Further details.

Barefoot in the Park
The Edinburgh Makars
The Royal Scots Club (Venue 241)
22 – 27 Aug: 19:30 (2 hours 30 minutes)
Æ review here: ★★★☆☆ Diligent
Neil Simon’s romantic comedy. Newly-weds Corrie and Paul move into a rundown New York apartment. Corrie decides to set her conservative widowed mother up with their eccentric, bohemian neighbour. A wild night highlights the couples’ differences. Further details.

Bloody Wimmin
The Royal Scots Club (Venue 241)
8 – 13 Aug: 20:30 (50 minutes)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Connecting
‘It is terribly easy to laugh at passion’. 1984. Greenham Common. Women counter appalling conditions and establishment fury with resilience and humour to prevent nuclear Armageddon. 2009. London Climate Camp. Do flames of protest still burn as brightly? Further details.

Cock O’ The North
Saughtonhall Drama Group
Saughtonhall Church (EH12 5TR)
8 – 13 Aug: 19:30 (Sat: 14:30) (2 hours 30 minutes)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Fizzing
Scots comedy by Andrew P. Wilson. Hogmanay celebrations are taking place in Kirkiebrae where old pals meet together. Falling in love is not just for the young as rivalry ensues and the contest begins. Who will emerge victorious? Further details.

Edinburgh Little Theatre
Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41)
5 – 28 Aug: 18:30 (1 hour)
Æ review here: ★★★☆☆  Committed
Are you Yes or No or Maybe Aye or Maybe No? This play takes us from 2014 up to the present day and looks at the independence debate with wit and humour as two families decide how to vote. Further details.

Ladies Day
Inverleith St Serf’s Church Centre (Venue 83)
6 – 20 Aug (not Suns): 14:30, 19:30 (2 hours 15 minutes)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Wholehearted
Can four female fish-factory friends find fame and fortune at one unforgettable day at the races? Join us for Amanda Whittington’s poignant comedy about love, friendship and finding fortune where you least expect it. Further details.

Nell Gwynn
Edinburgh Theatre Arts
St Ninian’s Hall (Venue 230)
8 – 20 Aug (not 14): 14:30, 19:30 (2 hours 30 minutes)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Cheerful
A gloriously funny, touching celebration of theatrical life and royal romance! Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn follows our heroine from lowly roots to success as Britain’s most celebrated actress and a place in the heart of King Charles II. Further details.

One Man Two Guvnors
Captivate Theatre
Rose Theatre (Venue 76)
18 – 28 Aug: 18:00 (2 hours)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Snappy
The smash-hit comedy comes to the Fringe! ‘You gotta concentrate ain’t ya’ – the trouble is Francis Henshall is easily confused! ‘Hysterically funny play which the audience lap up, thanks to the supremely talented actors’ (TheatreScotland.co.uk). Further details.

Silent Night
Arkle Theatre Company
The Royal Scots Club (Venue 241)
15 – 20 Aug: 18:30 (1 hour)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Warming
A heart-warming story of an ordinary family in extraordinary times: the blitzkrieg. A direct hit on their Anderson shelter leaves the family (and tortoise Harold) awaiting the call to St Peter. They may be in for a surprise. Further details.

Tay Bridge
Arkle Theatre Company
The Royal Scots Club (Venue 241)
15 – 20 Aug: 20:15 (1 hour 25 minutes)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Compelling
Peter Arnott’s powerful homage to the victims of the infamous disaster: passengers forever telling their stories of hope and fear. We know how they will end, because this train will never reach its destination. Further details.

The Deil’s Awa!
Edinburgh People’s Theatre
Mayfield Salisbury Church (Venue 11)
5 – 20 Aug (not Suns): 14:30, 19:30 (2 hours)
Æ review here: ★★★★☆ Devilishly funny
The Deil’s Awa, a roistering tale of smugglers in the East Neuk of Fife, written by Alan Cochrane, award-winning playwright, and dedicated to Edinburgh People’s Theatre. Further details.

The Merchant of Venice
The Royal Scots Club (Venue 241)
8 – 13 Aug: 18:30 (1 hour 30 minutes)
In this tale of partnerships, trade, trust and intolerance, shocking deals are made and relationships are tested to their limits. Shylock will have his bond. Will the law allow it? Further details.

The Wishing Well
Kate Macsween
The Royal Scots Club (Venue 241)
9 – 13 Aug: 15:30 (50 minutes)
Æ review here: ★★★☆☆ Good concept
A woman grieving for the loss of her daughter is drawn to the mysterious Wishing Well. She asks for her daughter back but this comes with a price. Will she agree to the forfeit? Further details.

Edinburgh Little Theatre
Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41)
5 – 28 Aug : 16:50 (1 hour 10 minutes)
The story of William Wallace as seen through his eyes. We take you behind the myth and legend to discover the man that still inspires generations and keeps the spirit of Scotland alive and breathing. Powerful, thought-provoking theatre. Further details.


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