Spotlight set to shine on Capital’s amateur talent
THEY are the lifeblood of Edinburgh’s theatre scene, both on and off stage, the city’s legions of amateur performers. By day they might be doctors, bus drivers or even local councillors, by night, however, they are transformed into actors, as committed to the role they have been cast in as any professional.
In recognition of this, the King’s Theatre hosts an annual season of large-scale amateur productions.
Over four weeks the cream of the Capital’s musical theatre fraternity showcase the result of weeks in the rehearsal room.
It’s one of the busiest periods in the much loved theatre and has become an integral part of its programme.
This year’s season runs from March 6-24 and then again from May 2-5, when the offerings include the ever-popular Footloose, the classic Hello Dolly!, the classy HMS Pinafore and Broadway favourite Guys and Dolls.
Of course, the companies performing over the coming weeks are just the tip of the iceberg.
The city and its surrounding areas boast a vibrant amateur theatre scene with clubs in Livingston, Balerno and a few in Musselburgh.
Most are on a constant search for new members, especially males, so if you have ever fancied trying your acting skills there’s plenty opportunity, just look them up and drop them an e-mail. Break a leg.