EGTG Fringe table-read

18:00 Sunday 3 April
18 Buccleuch Place

We invite you to join us to read and hear the two scripts that EGTG will perform at this year’s Festival Fringe. New and existing members are welcome as we read The Merchant of Venice, adapted by director Angela Harkness Robertson, and Lucy Kirkwood’s Bloody Wimmin, directed by Hilary Spiers. 

Auditions for the two shows will follow on Sunday 17 and Tuesday 19 April. There is no requirement to attend the table read to audition, but it does present an opportunity to meet the directors and ask any questions. 

Table read 18:00 Sun 3 Apr
18 Buccleuch Place

Auditions 18:00 Sun 17 Apr & 19:00 Tue 19 Apr
18 Buccleuch Place

Performances Mon 8 – Sat 13 Aug
Hepburn Suite, The Royal Scots Club, Abercromby Place

& Sat 20 & Sun 21 Aug
The Dunbar Battery, Dunbar

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Angela Harkness Robertson

How far would you go to preserve a special relationship? Would you make a deal with your enemy? What would you be prepared to trade?

Bassanio has squandered his wealth, but has a plan to regain it; he will woo and win the rich heiress, Portia of Belmont, whose late father has imposed some interesting restrictions on who may marry her. Bassanio turns to Antonio for financial help, but Antonio’s money is tied up in trade. Together they strike a deal with the wealthy outcast Shylock; a deal with shocking terms. Bassanio wins his bride, but Antonio’s ships all sink, and he must, by law, pay his bond to the merciless Shylock. Will Portia be able to save her new husband’s dearest friend?

The story for this production will be brought up to the present day, but the language will be Shakespeare’s.

Bloody Wimmin by Lucy Kirkwood
directed by Hilary Spiers

The women of Greenham Common are convinced the world is walking blindly into nuclear Armageddon. There is solidarity, a shared purpose – and much argument. Women grapple with their competing personal priorities, establishment rage and their dire living conditions with resilience, camaraderie and humour. Fast forward to 2009: do the rage, passion and flames of protest still burn as brightly?
‘It is terribly easy to laugh at passion.’

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