This week: 16 – 22 April 2018

Apr 15 2018 | By More

On Edinburgh’s stages this week…

It’s War Horse week, with the big boy galloping into the Festival theatre, at last. But there is a lot more happening around Edinburgh’s stages.

No little attention should be paid to Saughtonhall Drama Club, which is the first of two Edinburgh amateur theatre companies to be celebrating their 70th anniversaries this year. The second is St Serf’s Players, which opens The House on the Cliff on 24 May.

Cocoa and Cuddles at Saughtonhall. Pic: SDG

For the meantime, Saughtonhall has comedy in the form of Jane Lockyer Willis’s darkly intriguing Cocoa and Cuddles, directed by long-time drama club member Elizabeth Wilson, who was previously the director for its 2017 Fringe presentation of Ladies Day.

Listings: Monday 16 – Sunday 22 April 2018

Assembly Roxy
2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU
Saturday 21/Sunday 22 April 2018.
Evenings: 6.30pm.
Napier University Drama Society with Mark Ravenhill’s take on the story of Candide the dreamer who believes that everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds. But how will his optimism fare when it collides with life in the 21st century?
The Orchid
Saturday 21/Sunday 22 April 2018.
Evenings: 7.30pm. TwentySomething with a new play by Rebecca Sweeney. Can you map a love story? Can you plot it out in moments and words and looks that last a little longer than they should? And if you could, could you read it?

The Brunton
Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA. Phone booking: 0131 665 2240
Dad’s Army Radio Hour
Saturday 21 April 2018
Evening: 7.30pm.
David Benson  and Jack Lane take on a cast of 25 in this selection of classic radio episodes featuring favourite lines, cherished characters and great feats of vocal impersonation!

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
War Horse
Wednesday 18 April – Saturday 12 May 2018
Evenings: Tue – Sat: 7.30pm, matinees Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm; Sun 2pm only.
Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, this powerfully moving and imaginative first world war drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company. Æ’s review of the 2014 tour is here: ★★★★★ Big and emotional.

18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA. Phone booking: 0844 871 3014
Fat Friends The Musical
Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 April 2018.
Evening: 7.30pm; Matinee: Sat: 2.30pm.
The hit TV show Fat Friends from award-winning Kay Mellor in a new musical incarnation packed full of hope, humour, love and weight loss. Staring Elaine C Smith, Jodie Prenger, Natasha Hamilton, Natalie Anderson and Kevin Kennedy.

Saughtonhall Church
85-87 Saughtonhall Drive, EH12 5TR
Cocoa and Cuddles
Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 April 2018.
Evenings: Tue – Fri: 7.30pm; Sat 21: 2.30 only.
Elizabeth Wilson directs Jane Lockyer Willis’s black comedy. Frank is squeamish by nature, now he has to bury his late irascible old mother Edith, currently lying upstairs in the spare room. What he hadn’t reckoned for is that she was a well-liked fun-loving member of a folk dancing club and had a toy boy…

Scottish Storytelling Centre
Netherbow Theatre, 43-45 High Street, EH1 1SR Box Office: 0131 556 9579
The Mark of the Beast
Thursday 19 April 2018
One performance only: 7.30pm.
A new spoken word performance from Martin O’Connor, exploring Glasgow’s relationship with alcohol, created in collaboration with those in recovery from alcohol addiction from Glasgow’sNorth East Recovery Community.

10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404
A Play, A Pie and A Pint: Margaret Saves Scotland
Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 April 2018.
Lunchtime: 1pm; evening performance Friday 13: 7pm.
Margaret Holt embarked on a holiday romance with a difference and it changed her life. Falling in love with Scotland filled her with a burning desire to liberate the country from the English yoke. But what could a nine-year-old lass from Yorkshire do to make that dream come true? New play by Val McDermid.
Friday 20 April – Saturday 12 May 2018.
Previews: Fri 20/Sat 21: 7.30pm.
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees: Thurs 10, Sat 12: 2.30pm.
Frances Poet’s new play is a taut psychological thriller that explores who we can trust with our children. And whether it’s more dangerous not to trust at all.


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