For more than thirty years we have been bringing innovative and critically acclaimed drama to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and beyond.
Our inspiration has been and remains the work of outstanding playwrights, the Scots tongue and the tradition of storytelling (The Wallace, The Lass wi the Muckle Moo, The Warlds Wonder, The Carlin Moth, The Puddok an the Princess, The Shepherd Beguiled, A Musselburgh Reel, The Bruce, The Cauldron, and The Burning being among the productions).
Our recent play list also includes works by Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest and also, G. B. Shaw’s St Joan
More recently, in collaboration with celebrated playwright, Jo Clifford, Chekhov – The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard
Fringe performances take place against the picturesque backdrop of the loch and gardens of Duddingston Kirk Manse.
A Unique Theatrical Experience
With live music, often specially composed , featuring in almoast all our productions, the combination of the open-air location and haunting melodies makes what for many must be a unique theatrical experience.
We are not just a professional company, however, and value our links with the community.
The Leisure Group allows anyone with an interest in “treading the boards” to participate in popular annual productions, ranging from Whisky Galore to Twelve Angry Men, A Midsummer Night’s Dream to When We Are Married, and The Three Sisters to Dracula.
Members of the group have also appeared alongside the professionals in Fringe productions, and have also had their own “run”.
The Good Doctor – gained a four star **** review from Three Weeks.
‘The Good Doctor’ – a dramatisation of Chekhov’s short stories – is performed by a local amateur drama society and the whole thing has the excited feeling of a charming village fete. The cast are hilarious and utterly delightful, and the fact that these are not professional actors, but teachers and social workers, adds a wonderful sense of authenticity to Chekhov’s tales of comic provincial characters. Go for the gardens, for the beauty, and for the joy of this play.” Rating – 4/5.
We are listed in the Institute of Outdoor Theatre
To The Cross – Passion Play
Association with Duddingston Kirk has seen professional and amateur actors and members of the congregation all involved in an ecumenical and again outdoor passion play.
Over the years, we have also introduced many young people to the joy of the theatre, and intend to do so again in the future.