Virtual Program

Bug By Tracy Letts

Wednesday, October 27th – Saturday, October 30th
The Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh

The performance will last approximately 2:10 including one interval of 20 minutes

A Note from the director:

Foremost, allow me to welcome you back to live theatre from EGTG.  We are delighted that the show has at last gone on.

The show you are about to watch, Bug, has been in the planning stages since 2019 and was supposed to go up on Halloween 2020 but, well…you know.  Fast forward two years, a pandemic, PCR tests, vaccinations and here we are at last!  It’s been a rocky road to get to this point, but hopefully you’ll agree that it’s all been worth it.  

Bug at its heart is a love story between two intensely damaged people.  But given its themes of isolation, conspiracy, and mental health challenges, the play seems more relevant than ever.  Not unexpectedly, the play is at times challenging, horrific, disturbing, disgusting, and heartbreaking.  The kind of theatre that I love.

Happy Halloween.

David Grimes

October 2021

Cast Biographies

Wendy Brindle / Agnes

Wendy has been performing with EGTG since 2012, appearing in August: Osage County, Julius Caesar, Festen, The Duchess of Malfi, Wildest Dreams, beauty, Reckless, The Ram in the Thicket, The Lark and Catch-22; however, her favourite role to date has been Manuela in All About My Mother. She is delighted to be involved in this dark, fascinating and challenging production.

Stewart Kerr / Peter

Stewart is an actor based in Edinburgh. He is a graduate of Queen Margarets University/Napier with a BA (Hons) in Acting for stage and screen. 
Since graduating Stewart has spent most of his time doing Theatre in and around the central belt. Over the course of the Pandemic, Stewart was lucky enough to work with Frozen Charlotte (Too many penguins) and Ten Feet Tall theatre (Living in Splendid Isolation) amongst others. He is delighted to be back with EGTG after a few years hiatus. He would like to thank the rest of the cast and behind the scenes crew for all the tireless work they have done. He hopes you enjoy the show!

Grace Gilbert / RC

Grace graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 2017, where she studied Acting and English Literature, gaining first class honours and the university medal. Originally from the South of England, Grace is now based in Edinburgh. Her experience includes directing, producing, costume design and construction. Grace is excited to be joining EGTG again for another production. Selected Theatre Credits Include: (As Actor) The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019, Edinburgh Fringe & RSC Dell); Women of the Mourning Fields (2019, UK Tour); The Patient Prisoner (2018, Edinburgh); The Shakespeares: Scenes from a Marriage (2017, Edinburgh Fringe & London); Trojan Barbie (2016, Edinburgh); Lest We Forget (2016, Buxton Fringe & Edinburgh Fringe); Women of the Mourning Fields (2015,Buxton Fringe & Edinburgh Fringe); Twelfth Night (2015, Edinburgh); War of the Roses (2015, Edinburgh).

Colin Johnston / Jerry

Colin works by day in the Brewing and Distilling industry and has been keenly involved in theatre on and off stage since his youth. He has performed predominantly in Glasgow and Nantwich, Cheshire and is delighted to now have his Edinburgh debut with EGTG. Colin also helped found the Studio Theatre at Nantwich Players and has co-directed a number of their pieces. Recent theatrical credits include; Girl in the Machine, Cheshire  (2020-21), Talking Heads, Glasgow (2019), Edgar & Annabelle (2019), Fame, Stirling (2019), It’s A Wonderful Life , Cheshire (2019) Breaking The Code, Cheshire (2018), Dinner, Cheshire (2018), The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, Cheshire (2017), Communicating Doors, Cheshire (2017), Sunshine on Leith, Glasgow (2016), West Side Story, Glasgow (2016), The 39 Steps, Ayr (2015), Lost Christmas, Glasgow (2015), Hairspray, Glasgow (2015), Merrily We Roll Along, Glasgow (2014), A Chorus Line, Glasgow (2013).

Wendy Mathison / Dr. Sweet

Wendy has been treading the boards with EGTG for more years than she likes to remember, and has always loved doing Shakespeare.  In fact, her first speaking role with EGTG was playing Olivia in Twelfth Night in 1969  (Both she and Viola were three months pregnant at the time!)  Since then she has played in Hamlet (Gertrude) and Richard III (Duchess of York).  Other recent roles have been in the award winning Wit (E.M. Ashford), Dr. Faustus (Mephistopheles), August: Osage County (Violet Westin), the title role in The Witch of Edmonton, and Mrs. Wilberforce in The Ladykillers.  Wendy has also directed for EGTG, notably Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, and Michael Frayn’s Wild Honey.

David Grimes / Director

David has directed for EGTG: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the award winning Wit, Closer, Hamlet (RSC OpenStages), Doctor Faustus, Richard III (RSC OpenStages), Agnes of God, August: Osage County (UK Amateur Premier), Titus Andronicus (RSC OpenStages, Dundee Rep), The Witch of Edmonton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (and tour), In a Forest, Dark and Deep, The Ladykillers, Reckless, Much Ado About Nothing (and RSC Dell Tour) as well as all of the EGTG pieces (Edward II and The Cherry Orchard) featured on Sky Arts’ reality TV programme, Nation’s Best AmDram.  Among other UK productions he has directed are the critically acclaimed Travels with My Aunt, The House of Yes, and Taming of the Shrew for Arkle Theatre Company and A Christmas Carol for the Melodramatics.  He was the associate director for The Secret Garden, also for the Melodramatics. As an actor, David has appeared with EGTG in Wild Honey, Twelfth Night, The Pillowman, Cloud 9, The Secret Rapture, The Comedy of Errors, Six Degrees of Separation, Julius Caesar, The Duchess of Malfi, Festen, and A Number. Some of his favourite productions with other groups include performances in Dear Brutus, A Few Good Men, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Into the Woods, Chess, and Sweeney Todd.  David has written and directed the audio plays Tick Tock, The Weekly Game, Bertha, and Madam Cora’s Reading all for OnceFiction Podcast (Canada).

A brief note from EGTG.

If you’ve been to our shows before, you’ll remember that our programmes were available by donation. This year, we’ve elected to go virtual for the first time. As an organisation, we exist upon the donations and good will of our community. If you are so inclined, we would be most appreciative of any donation, as every pound counts! Please follow the Ko-fi donation link below.