2020 Season

On the back of one of its biggest years to date, the Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group, EGTG, has announced it has an even larger programme in store for 2020. The theatre company is increasing the scope of both its spring and autumn programming to present a total of seven productions throughout the year. 

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Catch-22

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Performances 12 -16 November, 19:30 The Biscuit Factory
Tickets £12 advance, £15 on the door.

“That’s some catch, that Catch-22.”

Captain John Yossarian is a U.S. Army bombardier and the last Assyrian alive, and he would very much like to keep it that way. Convinced that an entire army is trying to kill him, Yossarian desperately tries to evade battle (and the increasing demands of his superior Colonel Cathcart), but finds that there is always a catch. Meanwhile, the unit’s long-suffering Chaplain has found himself inadvertently caught up in a strange war of his own. And everyone is trying to locate the mysterious Washington Irving.

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Pool (No Water)

Pool (No Water) by Mark Ravenhill

Performances 5 – 10 August, 21:00 The Royal Scots Club
Tickets £12 https://tickets.edfringe.com/

Four struggling bohemian artists. A pool.

They have a friend who was plucked from obscurity and is now renowned, respected and rich. She has a pool in LA now – that kind of successful. It’s fantastic, fantastic, fantastic… Until one booze-fuelled skinny dip leads to a terrible accident.

Mark Ravenhill’s dark, witty comedy explores how jealousy can tear apart relationships and cause old friends to do the unthinkable.

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The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor Holyrood by William Shakespeare

Performances 5th – 10th August, 19:00 The Royal Scots Club
Tickets £12 https://tickets.edfringe.com/

An uproarious tale of marriage, mischief, jealousy, lies, and laundry.

Set in and around Page’s Steamie on the Windsor Estate in 1950s Edinburgh, Falstaff woos two women in an attempt to swindle their husbands and regain his squandered wealth. The wily wives see through him, however, and plot their hilarious revenge. Meanwhile, Anne Page is pursued by two unlikely suitors, each one approved by her respective parents. But she prefers another.

Will true love prevail? Will Falstaff get his comeuppance and mend his ways? And will Ford ever accept that wives may be merry yet honest too?

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The Lark

The Lark by Jean Anouilh, contemporary translation by Gill Taylor

Performances 4th – 8th June, 7:30pm Bellfield, Portobello
Tickets £12 advance, £15 on the door theegtg.com/tickets/

Joan of Arc. Saint, saviour or someone who heard voices? 

Against the backdrop of one of the world’s longest wars, a 17 year old peasant girl led an army of men into battle and carved a victory that defined France. She claimed God told her to do it; the church says she’s a witch and should be burnt alive.

Jean Anouilh’s classic play tells the tale of how Joan convinced the church, the state – and her dad – to let her tackle an apparently impossible feat. And then plays witness at her trial: a nineteen year old uneducated woman held to account for her successes by the world’s most educated men.

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Hand to God

Hand to God by Robert Askins

Performances: 9th – 13th April (not including Friday 12th) 8:00pm Assembly Roxy
Tickets £12 advance, £15 on the door theegtg.com/tickets/

Mild-mannered, shy Jason has sought solace in his mother’s Christian puppet ministry after the death of his father. In the basement of a conservative church in Cypress, Texas, Jason discovers a blossoming talent for puppetry and thinks that things might just turn out okay. His mom and Pastor Greg seem pleased, the local bully is largely indifferent, and his puppetry has even caught the eye of the cute girl in the youth group.
But the youth group has a monster in their midst: Jason’s puppet, Tyrone. As Tyrone’s foul-mouthed, irreverent, and devilishly funny influence over Jason steadily grows, no one’s secrets are safe. Not content with mere anarchy, Tyrone won’t be satisfied until he’s dragged everyone to hell and back.

Is Tyrone simply Jason’s voice of grief and rage, or is Tyrone something far more sinister? Is Tyrone what he claims to be: the devil?

Hand to God, a play the New Yorker called Sesame Street meets The Exorcist, is a hilarious, lightening-paced, very adult comedy that explores the startling fragile nature of faith, morality, and familial ties that bind

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2019 Season

The Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group, EGTG, has announced that 2019 will be one of its most ambitious years yet; with four full-length productions, two one-acts and a programme of improvised theatre throughout the year.

As is traditional for the group, the season includes a mix of classical literature and exciting contemporary pieces. As well as two one-acts at the beginning of the year, EGTG will mount two full length productions before the Festival Fringe in the spring summer; Robert Askins’ Hand To God, and a translation of Jean Anouilh’s The Lark. EGTG’s Festival will be made up of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor, and the revival of its SCDA one-act entries. The group will bring 2019 to a close with Joseph Heller’s own adaptation of Catch 22 in the autumn.

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