EPT casting call

Jan 19 2022 | By More

Boy wanted for Men Should Weep

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Edinburgh People’s Theatre is looking to cast a boy aged between 9 and 13 to play Ernest in its March 2022 production of Men Should Weep.

The show is due to open on March 16, exactly two years after it was cancelled due to Covid in 2020, and will run for four performances at the Church Hill Theatre.

Poster for Men Should Weep

The company say it could be “slightly flexible” in terms of the age of the young actor, and is looking for someone who is “cheeky and confident, with (or able to do) a Scottish accent”.

EPT has just re-started in-person rehearsals for the production and, given that the show was all ready to open and had moved into the theatre when Covid struck, the new performer should be able to move relatively easily into the role.

Rehearsals are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as Sunday afternoons, but this can be negotiated and generally the children in the cast would not be required to attend the full rehearsal.

The performance week is Sunday 13 to Saturday 19 March, with opening night on Wednesday 16 at the Church Hill Theatre, Morningside Road.

Contact details

Anyone interested in the role should email the director Anne Mackenzie on anne.mackenzie@gmail.com to supply a note of interest and for further details on the role and how to apply for an audition.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 30 January. Auditions are planned for the week beginning Monday January 31 2022.

Men Should Weep by Ena Lamont Stewart is a moving play of women surviving in the east end of Glasgow in the 1930s depression, with all the action taking place in the household of the Morrison family.

It finds in the lives of Maggie Morrison, her family and her neighbours not only the tragedy that grinding poverty, appalling housing and and mass unemployment can produce, but also a rich vein of comedy – the sense of the ridiculous and the need for a good laugh.


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