Grads Open Auditions

Nov 2 2015 | By More

Priestley and Albee for Spring 2016

The Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group have announced November dates for open auditions for their SCDA One Act and Spring 2016 productions.

The company will be staging J.B. Priestley’s The Rose and Crown at the SCDA One Act Festival in the week in beginning February 15. Direction will be by Martin Foreman.


Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will be the main spring production. Directed by David Grimes, it will play Edinburgh May 11-14 with two touring dates at Dalbettie on May 21 and Bo’ness on May 28.

The auditions for the two shows will be held on Sunday, November 22 from 2.30pm and also on Wednesday, November 24 beginning at 7.30pm. Auditionees will be able to audition for either or both shows at each session and only need attend once.

Auditions will be held at the Grads premises on 18 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh. Successful auditionees will be required to join the 2016 membership of the Grads (£25) for insurance purposes. There are no fees for auditioning.

The Rose and Crown

The Rose and Crown is set in a local pub in late 1940s Britain – a cold, shabby, rationed country – where six ordinary people (three male and three female characters) gather one evening. Five of them are fed up with life; the sixth is more optimistic.

While they talk, a Stranger (of unspecified gender) enters, with an unusual request that none of them want to fulfil. The problem is, they find they can no longer leave the bar . . .

Rehearsals will take play Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7.30-10.30pm, with the first rehearsal scheduled for December 6. The initial competition performance will be in the week February 15-20, 2016, with possible further performances if it is successful in the competition.

Audition sides for The Rose and Crown are available for perusal. Those who would like a copy of the audition sides (or to book an audition slot) should contact the director, Martin Foreman, via facebook or through the Grads web page (

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which was recently performed by the EUTC (click here for review), is set on a university campus in a small New England town on the Eastern coast of the US. It takes place in the home of disappointed history teacher George and Martha, daughter of the college president

At the faculty mixer, Martha has invited new professor Nick and his homely wife Honey back for a nightcap. Plied with more alcohol, Nick and Honey get caught up in George and Martha’s games: Humiliate the host! Get the guests! Hump the hostess! What could be more fun?

As night becomes day, George and Martha’s need to hurt each other and everyone around them, the emotional brutalisation filling an unspeakable void at their centre, gives a troubling preview of what Nick and Honey’s life could become.

Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, January 5 at 7.30pm. Rehearsals will be held 2 times a week in January increasing to 3 times a week mid February and are anticipated to be on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights beginning at 7.30pm each night ending at 10.30pm.

Audition sides for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? are available for perusal. Those who would like a copy of the audition sides should contact the director, David Grimes, via facebook or through the Grads web page (


Open auditions for The Rose and Crown and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Offices of The Grads,
18 Buccleuch Place, EH8 9LN
Sunday November 22 from 2.30pm and Wednesday, November 24 from 7.30pm.
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