EPT News


Earnest Review Online

30th March 2017

A review of The Importance Of Being Earnest has been posted by Hugh Simpson on the All Edinburgh Theatre website. Click on the link below to read what Hugh had to say:

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Goldilocks Tickets On Sale

27th August 2016

Tickets are now on sale for our 2016 pantomime, Goldilocks & The Three Bears. As always, you can book online (where you can pick your own seat), by phone or by post. Just visit our Box Office page to find out full details. Note that online and phone bookings incur a small booking fee to cover the costs of this service provided by our ticketing partner, TicketSource.

Panto 2016 Announced

5th August 2016

We are excited to announce that our pantomime for this year will be Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Ron Hall. It sees the return of our two of our acclaimed creative team from last year – Mandy Black as Choreographer and Barrie Simcock as Musical Director, with Colin Peter taking on the role as guest Director for the production.

Last year proved that matinees are most popular with our audiences, so we have decided to repeat last year's experiment and will be offering double matinees for all our Saturday performances at 11am and then again at 3.30pm - not forgetting our Sunday matinees at 2.30pm. Don't worry, we haven't forgotten those of you who prefer to have something to look forward to after work and have allotted four 7pm evening performances just for you.

Please visit the show page for further updates to cast and creative teams and the full run down of performances.


Meet us at the Spring Fling

18th March 2016

EPT will be exhibiting at this year’s Spring Fling, held by the South Edinburgh Arts Fair Association. Taking place in Morningside, this is an arts fair for the over 50s looking for new hobbies or interests, or to get active and feel motivated.

Whether you’re interested in becoming involved in amateur theatre, or if you simply want to find out more about EPT as an audience member and the shows we perform, do pop in and visit our stall – we’d love to meet you. We have lots of ways you can get involved in what we do, be it onstage or off, and we are always keen to welcome new members, whatever their age.

The Spring Fling takes place on Saturday 9th April, 11.00am – 4.00pm, at the Eric Liddell Centre, Holy Corner in Morningside.

Our final performance of Blackadder Goes Forth takes place just up the road on that day at 2.30pm. Why not come along to see our stall, then wander up to the Church Hill Theatre afterwards for an afternoon of comedy?

Visit www.southedinburghartsfair.org to find our more about the Spring Fling, or vist the show page to find out more about Blackadder.

 

A Guid Cause Pics Online

14th May 2015

Publicity photos for When We Are Married are now available to view online. Click on the link below to go to the full gallery:

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Panto 2015 Announced

10th May 2015

We are excited to announce that our pantomime for this year will be Cinderella. It sees the return of our acclaimed creative team from last year – Mandy Black as Director, Choreographer and Set Designer, Barrie Simcock as Musical Director, Robert Fuller as Lighting Designer, plus others to be confirmed.

We know that matinees prove most popular with our audiences, so we’ll be putting on more of these than ever at a range of times to suit all.

Please visit the show page for further updates to cast and creative teams and the full run down of performances.


End of the One-Act Road

5th April 2015

Despite lots of positive feedback, it wasn’t to be for us and we didn’t make it through to the Scottish final of the SCDA One-Act Festival. Congratulations to Tryst theatre and Fintry amateur Dramatic Society who did and represent the Eastern Division in the final.


When We Are Married Pics Online

16th March 2015

Publicity photos for When We Are Married are now available to view online. Click on the link below to go to the full gallery:

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Director Talks Marriage

14th March 2015

In a recent media interview, our director for When We Are Married, Val Lennie, had this to say about the production:

"I chose to direct When We Are Married for a variety of reasons. I was involved in both EPT’s previous productions of this play - for the 1975 production (which went on to win the final round of the SDA Full Length Play competition in Greenock) I assisted with wardrobe and for the 1993 production I played the part of Annie Parker (the downtrodden wife who becomes "the worm that turns” !).

"Once I re-read it, I felt that, unlike many plays, it had stood the test of time, was still very funny and would appeal to a modern audience. I also felt that it worked best when presented in a straightforward way and needed to be set in the original time period (1908) - I didn’t feel that attempting to bring it up-to-date would improve this lovely old classic and therefore haven’t done so. Well written, full of wonderful characters (great fun for the actors) and a delight to direct, it is not surprising that "When We AreMarried" is one of J.B. Priestley’s best loved plays."


Success in the One-Acts

23rd February 2015

We recently took part in the Edinburgh District Round of the SCDA One-Act Festival 2015, held over three nights in February at the Church Hill Theatre.

With our production of Yellow Moon achieving 2nd place overall out of the 9 plays presented, it means we have made it through to the Eastern Divisional Final in April. There, we will represent Edinburgh, alongside St Serf's Players (3rd place) and Edinburgh Theatre Arts (1st place).

In addition, we won the audience vote for our performance night, won "Highest Marks for Production" and came runner-up for "Best Moment in Theatre".

The Eastern Divisional Final will be held in April, also at the Church Hill Theatre. Keep an eye on our Yellow Moon page for excact performance dates and times as they are announced.


Director Talks Panto

7th December 2014

In a recent media interview, our director and choreographer for Dick Whittington, Mandy Black, had this to say about the production:

"Dick Whittington has a special place in my heart where pantomimes are concerned as it was the first panto I appeared on stage as a principal in 1990, having started as a Betty Brandon dancer, a few years before. Preceding this period of principal roles, I had spent many happy years as a member of the EPT stage crew, plus a chorus member and Front of House Staff. In fact, I can't remember a Christmas not spent enjoying the warmth and love of an EPT panto.

"This year I have the privilege of directing and choreographing the show and what a show it is going to be. Sally North and "her boys", Alasdair White and Lawrie Buchan, have excelled themselves with their incredible scenic painting and set construction respectively. At the end of each rehearsal, I can't wait to pop down and see what new delight they have waiting for me. The cast and dancers, from the Mandy Black School of Dance, have been working extremely hard and are producing what promises to be a wonderful evening's entertainment, and once you add Carol Caldwell's stunning colourful costumes and Robert Fuller's innovative lighting design, this promises to be an evening not to be missed."


Dick Whittington Pics Online

22nd November 2014

Dick Whittington

Publicity photos for Dick Whittington are now available to view online. Click on the link below to go to the full gallery:

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50th Church Hill Panto

8th November 2014

This December, we will be celebrating our 50th pantomime in the Church Hill Theatre, performing Dick Whittington, written by Alan Frayn.

The Church Hill was built in 1892 as Morningside Free Church, later becoming Morningside High Church. Following the amalgamation of several Morningside churches, it was purchased by the City of Edinburgh for the sum of £6,500 (excluding the organ, pulpit and pews) as a venue for local amateur theatre companies.

Conversion to a theatre then began and it opened on 25th September 1965 with a production of Oscar Wilde's, The Importance of Being Earnest, staged by the Scottish Community Drama Association. The Lord Provost, Sir Bruce Weatherstone, presided over the opening ceremony which was attended by members of Edinburgh Corporation and an invited audience representative of interested organisations. In addition, an exhibition of paintings and photographs was staged by a number of selected amateur artistic groups.

The very first pantomime in the Church Hill Theatre was performed by EPT later that year. 'The Enchanted Waltz', by Frederick Davis, ran from Mon 27th Dec 1965 to Mon 3rd Jan 1966 with tickets were priced at 6/- and 4/-. The production was directed by G. Dickson Brown, supported by Pat Cresswell as Musical Director and dancers from The Betty Brandon School of Dancing.

Thus continued EPT's annual production of a pantomime (or children's play) which began in 1946 with the production of 'Toad of Toad Hall'. It was directed by Andrew Anderson and performed at the Little Theatre in the Pleasance. The first performance on Mon 23rd Dec 1946 was opened by Lord Stevenson on behalf of the Pleasance Trust, with proceeds from that first night being donated to the Trust.

Join us this December as we continue this long standing tradition of Christmas entertainment.


Panto Tickets On Sale

25th October 2014

Tickets for our 2014 pantomime, Dick Whittington, are now on sale from TicketSource and ourselves. For the second year running, you can also choose your own seat from the online chart when making your booking. Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Full details can be found on the Box Office page.

Whilst we're happy to accommodate wheelchair users at performances, the limited number of spaces available at the Church Hill mean you'll need to book these direct with us. Please e-mail Peter Horsfall, our Ticket Secretary - address on the Contact Us page.


Dick Whittington Cast Announced

21st October 2014

We are delighted to announce the cast and creative team lineup for our 2014 pantomime, Dick Whittington. Full details can be found on the show page.


Panto Title Revealed

12th August 2014

We are delighted to announce that our 2014 pantomime will be Dick Whittington. Written by Alan Frayn, this production will be directed by Mandy Black, who is also EPT’s resident choreographer and directed our recent panto hits of Aladdin in 2012 and Humpty Dumpty in 2010.

As usual, we have a mix of matinee and evening performances together with group discounts for parties of ten or more when you book directly with us. Check out the Shows section for more details.


Sorcerer Review Online

8th August 2014

A 4-star review of The Sorcerer's Tale has been posted by Hugh Simpson on the All Edinburgh Theatre website. Click on the link below to read what Hugh had to say:

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57th Fringe Underway

3rd August 2014

Our 57th year on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe got underway last night with James Scotland's The Sorcerer's Tale. Immediately after the show, we held a patrons evening for our registered patrons to mix and mingle with the cast.

Last night was the only Saturday evening performance - other Saturdays are matinees at 2.30pm, with the final matinee at 3.00pm. Evening performances are at 7.45pm on Tuesdays to Fridays. There are no shows on Sundays and Mondays.

The Sorcerer's Tale is regarded as the funniest of James Scotland's quartet of plays about the monks of Cambusdonald Abbey. So please come along and join us for an evening of laughter at Venue 11.

 

Dick Barton Review Online

29th May 2014

A 4-star review of Dick Barton - Special Agent has been posted by Hugh Simpson on the All Edinburgh Theatre website. Click on the link below to read what Hugh had to say:

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Dick Barton Pics Online

29th May 2014

Publicity photos for Dick Barton - Special Agent are now available to view online. Click on the link below to go to the full gallery:

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Fringe Show Announced

29th April 2014

Continuing our tradition of Scots comedies on the Fringe, we are delighted to announce that this year EPT will be performing The Sorcerer's Tale.

This is the first in a series of four comedies, written by James Scotland, set in Cambusdonald Abbey in the 1400's. Some argue it's the best of the quartet, but we haven't peformed it since 1985. The play received its world premiere, also presented by us, in the 1968 Edinburgh Festival.

Marking our 57th year on the Fringe, this production will be directed by EPT president, Irene Beaver. More information can be found in our Shows section and don't forget to look for our listing in the Fringe programme when that launches in June.

We will once again be at our new Fringe home of Venue 11, Mayfield Salisbury Church.

PLEASE NOTE: Our final matinee performance (23rd) will start at the later time of 3pm, due to a wedding in the church itself. Other matinees (9th & 16th) remain at the usual time of 2.30pm.

New Phone Number for Tickets

21st January 2014

Our ticketing partner, Ticketsource, has introduced a new number for telephone bookings, aimed at reducing costs for both landline and mobile callers.

The new telephone box office number is 0333 666 3366.

Ticketsource commented, "We like to think of our new 03 number as being 'fair for all', meeting the ever-growing public demand for a recognisable phone number which is cheap to call from a both a landline and mobile. Calls to 03 numbers cost the same as a normal landline number (i.e. 03 numbers cost the same to call as an 01 or 02 phone number) even from a mobile, or are completely free if the caller has free minutes. It is also possible to call an 03 number from abroad".

Please note, this number is for bookings only. If you have any queries about our shows, please get in touch with us.

Panto Tickets On Sale Now

11th October 2013

Tickets for our 2013 pantomime, The Sleeping Beauty, are now on sale. Bookings can be made in all the usual ways - online, by phone or by post. Why not pick your own seat? Full details on how to book can be found in our Box Office section.

Book early to avoid disappointment!

New Ticketing Options

7th October 2013

EPT are delighted to announced exciting new ways to book your tickets, including the ability to select your own seat for panto!

We have teamed up with TicketSource, a UK based ticketing company, to bring you a fresh range of ways to get tickets for our shows.

For the first time, you will now be able to actually choose your own seat when you book online! This will apply to any of our shows where reserved seating is in operation, which is normally just our pantomimes.

You can book online or by phone in advance. If you want to leave it until the last minute, any remaining tickets will be available at the venue box office, usually from half an hour an hour before curtain-up. Also, you can still book by post, using the order forms downloadable from our website or on the back of flyers. Unfortunately, we have had to introduce booking fees on tickets purchased via TicketSource to cover the cost of using their systems. Tickets booked by post incur no booking fees.

If you book online, you can choose to receive your tickets as e-ticket vouchers or have them delivered by the post. Tickets booked over the phone will be delivered by post. Full details of how to buy, what the fees are and the ordering cut-off times will appear shortly in the Box Office section on the website.

Changes At The Top

30th September 2013

At the recent Annual General Meeting of EPT, a new committee was elected for the membership year 2013-2014. From the public point of view, we are delighted to announce the notable updates:

Mandy Black takes on the role of the club Secretary, responsible for all administrive matters, after Fiona Gibb stepped down from the role.

Graham Bell takes over as Patron's Secretary and will be looking after all the patrons on our mailing lists.

Mairi Beaver is our new Publicity Convenor, and is your first port of call regarding marketing and publicity enquiries.

All the other public facing roles remain unchanged. Details of how to contact anyone in EPT can be found on the Contact Us page.

Mary QoS Pics Online

17th May 2013

Publicity photos for Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off are now available to view online. Double-click on the thumbnails below to go to the full gallery.

 

Whisky Pics Online

27th March 2013

Publicity photos for Whisky Galore are now available to view online. Double-click on the thumbnails below to go to the full gallery.

 

Director Talks Whisky

24th March 2013

Director of whisky Galore, Valerie Lennie, was recently interviewd on her thoughts about the production. Here is what she had to say:

"When asked to direct ‘Whisky Galore’, I was aware that this play presented a challenge. The first challenge was simply casting the play - finding over 20 actors to play the various characters needed. I was delighted at the level of enthusiasm from club members - several were even willing to play non-speaking "extras", just to be involved. There was also the historical challenge - this would be the first time E.P.T. had staged a production of Whisky Galore since the club presented the world premiere in 1966, during the period when Sir Compton Mackenzie was the Club's Patron, setting a high bench-mark to live up to! The staging was also challenging, as the play has multiple scenes - not least, the all dancing wedding ceilidh, and the mayhem involved in hiding large quantities of whisky from the excise men! Other scenes include a post office, the hold of a ship, a hotel bar, various sitting rooms, a moonlit beach... the list goes on and on.

In the event, all the above possible difficulties have been overcome and audiences can look forward to this first production of E.P.T.'s 70th year knowing that an evening spent in the company of the inhabitants of Sir Compton Mackenzie's fictional islands ‘Great and Little Todday’ will be an evening full of laughter, and one to remember."

70th Year Gets Underway

20th March 2013

EPT is 70 years young this year and festivities begin next week with our production of Whisky Galore. Our year continues with a selection of Scottish themed play before we round things out with our annual pantomime in December.

“Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whisky makes it go round twice as fast.” Based on a true story, this is the hilarious tale of wartime bootlegging in the Scottish islands, written by Sir Compton Mackenzie. The stage play was written by James Scotland, and was premiered by EPT itself, in the 1966 Edinburgh Festival!

In early may, we will be holding our official 70th Anniversary Dinner, to formally mark this major milestone. All current and past members are invited, so if you’ve lost touch with, drop us an e-mail to find out more.

Later that month, we perform Mary Queen of Scots Got her Head Chopped Off, written by Liz Lochhead, also taking place at the Church Hill Theatre.

This year sees an exciting change of Fringe venue for us, as we move to Mayfield Salisbury Church, Venue 11, in what we hope will be our long-term Fringe home for the coming years. Here, we will be performing Hatches matches & dispatches, the sequel to Alan Cochrane’s Ne’er the Twain, which we performed last year.

October sees us return to the Church Hill with a play that needs no introduction, The Steamie. Written by Tony Roper, our production also features music by David Anderson.

No EPT year would be complete without the annual panto, anour 70th is no exception! Details for this show are still being finalsed so be sure to check back for further announcements. We do hope you can join us and celebrate 70 years of EPT!

Aladdin Pics Online

6th December 2012

Publicity photos for Aladdin are now available to view online. Click on the thumbnails below to go to the full gallery.

 

Countdown to Panto

5th December 2012

Join Aladdin, Widow Twankey, Wishee Washee and a whole host of colourful characters in this fun-filled spectacular set in the town of Yingtong, China.

Can Aladdin escape the evil clutches of Abanazar and marry the beautiful Princess Baldroubadour? Or is he destined to spend the rest of his years trapped in a cave full of jewels with just the Spirit of the Ring for a friend? Will his mother, Widow Twankey, ever stop smelling of Febreze? Can his best friend, Wishee Washee, elude the bumbling Police duo of Ping and Pong? Will Emperor Ming ever work out which one is which? There’s plenty of audience participation and the Genie needs your help to make sure this festive treat has a happy ending - oh yes she does!

EPT has a great and long tradition in pantomime, entertaining many generations of audience each Christmas. No less than 65 years of booing the baddies, cheering the heroes and shouts of, “He’s behind you”. This year is no exception!

Director and choreographer, Mandy Black, said;

“Aladdin has always been a panto close to my heart and it’s not just because the last time EPT performed it, back in 1995, I played the role of Aladdin. Despite being a difficult panto to stage in the Church Hill Theatre, which doesn’t have any trap doors or hydraulics to create all the special effects that the larger theatre’s seem to rely on these days, EPT have managed to find an excellent child friendly script by Joe Graham with fun packed banter, songs and dances that more than makes up for this.

“Our Musical Director, Barrie Simcock, has worked everyone hard and has created some excellent singing and harmonies. All the cast, chorus and dancers, not forgetting the hardworking technical team, have really pulled together to create an excellent show for all the family - don’t tell them I said that - all they need now is an audience!

“Running once again between Christmas and New Year, we at EPT take great pride in offering traditional family entertainment suitable for all ages at a cost that means the whole family can afford to attend. Don’t forget, EPT Panto tickets make great stocking filler, if you’re stuck for gift ideas!”

New Patrons Secretary

16th October 2012

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Patrons Secretary - Nick Frew. He takes on the role with immediate effect, together with assuming responsibility for publicity activities as well.

Nick takes over from Joan Hunter who stepped down from the role in September and we would like to express our thanks to Joan for all her work in this role over the last few years.

Fringe Fun Begins

4th August 2012

EPT’s Fringe 2012 performances begin tonight, this year for our 54th time in the festival’s history!

We open tonight with our traditional Scot’s comedy – Ne'er the Twain is an hilarious Scot’s comedy by the award
winning author, Alan Cochrane. We take you back to a time when Leith had its very own trams and Edinburgh for a Neighbour! It’s October 1919 - do you join St Cuthbert's or Leith Provie when the boundary runs through your house?

Immediately after tonight’s opening performance, we will be hosting our annual Patrons Evening. This is a chance for our registered patrons to meet the cast and crew over drinks and nibbles served in the venue coffee bar. If you’re not a registered patron, don’t worry. You can sign up to our mailing list on our patrons’ page, or fill in one of our forms in the venue.

Speaking about the production, EPT member and award winning director, John Lyon, said the following:

This is Alan Cochrane’s first play which was premiered by EPT in 1971 to critical acclaim. Hopefully members of the audience can recognise someone they know in the characters. Edinburghers/Leithers have not changed much over the years!

“The pace is fast and furious and there are plenty of laughs. Come along and join in the fun."

Ne’er The Twain will run for the first two weeks of the Fringe and offers two matinee performances. For the third week, we come right back to the present day with Sparkleshark by Philip Ridley. Jake is a 14 year old geek. When he's not behind the dustbins taking refuge from bullies, he escapes into his own world by writing. The story unfolds on a tower block roof as a group of his classmates join him. The bully, the wannabes and the sensible one are all there, with their own angst and dreams. As the classmates gradually become embroiled in the story, the fairy tale that Jake weaves begins to reflect the lives and enmities of the group.

Speaking about the production, director, Will MacIver, said:

Sparkleshark was originally written for teenagers. I decided to use adults as it would not only challenge the actors but it would add a very different dimension to the play. Being a teenager is never easy and with the help of a wonderful script, I wanted to get across that there is a huge amount of peer pressure during those years.

“Each rehearsal has allowed the cast to discover more about their characters. There has been much laughter and fun, coupled with a few tears and this is evident by the joy and emotion coming through in their performances.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoy directing this show. Watching the actor’s confidence grow and seeing the results of all their hard work. The actors now need an audience to dazzle with their emotive and passionate performances!

Don’t forget about our discounted ticket offer – see the show pages for more details. We look forward to seeing you at one of performances soon!

Fringe Online

3rd August 2012

Publicity photos for Fringe 2012 shows, Ne'er the Twain and Sparkleshark are now available to view online. Click on the thumbnails below to go to the full galleries.

 

Louis Pics Online

20th May 2012

Publicity photos for Losing Louis are now available to view online. Click on the thumbnails below to go to the full gallery.

 

Losing Louis

20th May 2012

If you have a family, then you’ll know that a lot of what we do today is dictated by what our previous generations got up to many years before. Simon Mendes da Costa’s West End hit, here reprised by EPT this week, is in the business of reminding us just how true this can be.

Losing Louis takes audiences on an interwoven journey of events spanning five decades and has seen the likes of Alison Steadman and Lynda Bellingham among its ranks.

In it, we meet Louis (Gary Cain), philandering husband to the ever dedicated Bobbie (Sarah Armes). Louis is currently engaged in an affair with Bella (Kirsty Boyle), a young office intern, which will have consequences half a century on.

We return to the marital bedroom where all the shenanigans took place, Louis’ son Tony (Graham Bell) is failing to properly plan his funeral, being distracted by his rivalry with his flash younger brother, Reggie (Nick Frew). Their wives (Anne Mackenzie and Lynn Cameron) look on with escalating bemusement when all family respect is thrown away and a succession of increasingly outrageous improprieties are committed in the old family home, revealing the long shadows cast from a past concerned with identity - religious, social and even congenital.

This production will be under the directing eye of Will MacIver, who recently directed Sparkleshark, EPT’s award winning entry into the 2012 One-Act play Festival, hosted by the Scottish Community Drama Association.

Will says he was inspired to direct such a performance after watching it being played out in ‘Carnegie Hall’ in Dunfermline in 2006, a year after it premiered at The Hampstead Theatre, London. “It is a wonderfully entertaining comedy,” he explains.

Speaking about the play, Will adds: “The scenes in Losing Louis alternate between a beautifully contrasting reserved 1950’s and the modern and liberal 2000’s. I was impressed at the seamless transition between the scenes and hope to replicate this.

“It is quite naughty in places and audiences are being asked to come along prepared because it is very funny. But, as well as being funny, it is just as poignant too.”

Panto Title Revealed

2nd May 2012

We are delighted to announce that our 2012 pantomime will be Aladdin. Written by Joe Graham, this production will be directed by Mandy Black, who is also EPT’s resident choreographer and directed the 2010 panto, Humpty Dumpty.

As usual, we have a mix of matinee and evenings performances together with group discounts for parties of ten or more when you book directly with us.

Fringe Show Announced

1st May 2012

In this, our 54th year on the Fringe, EPT will be offering a double-helping of shows.

Weeks one and two see us perform the traditional Scots comedy. This time, we bring things right back home to Edinburgh with Ne’er the Twain, written by EPT life member, Alan Cochrane. Set in the 1920’s, during the union of Edinburgh and Leith, the play follows the lives of two local families as their fortunes begin to mirror those of the two towns.

Following on in week three, we bring you another chance to see our award winning production of Sparkleshark, the one-act play by Philip Ridley. Originally performed at the 2012 SCDA One-Act Festival, this production was ranked third overall and won “Best Staging Award” during the Edinburgh district round, before being selected to represent the district in the Eastern Divisional Final.

Like last year, we are pleased to be able to offer a Saturday matinee performance for Ne’er the Twain. There are also multiple performances of Sparkleshark on the final Friday and Saturday evenings. We will also have a special offer giving you discounts when ordering tickets for both shows directly from us. More details are on the show pages.

You can get them from all the usual places - online, by mail order, by phone or in person. Full details in the Box Office section.

Losing Louis Tickets On Sale

31st March 2012

Tickets for our May show, Losing Louis, are now on sale.

You can get them from all the usual places - online, by mail order, by phone or in person. Full details in the Box Office section.

A Murder Is Reviewed

15th March 2012

Thom Dibdin's review of A Murder Is Announced describes the show as, "far, far superior to the professional production which played at the King's Theatre back in 2001". You can read it on Thom's website by clicking the link below.

Read the Thom Dibdin review

Murder Pics Online

5th March 2012

Publicity photos for A Murder Is Announced are now available to view online. Click on the thumbnails below to go to the full gallery.

 

Sparkleshark Goes Through

19th February 2012

EPT's entry in the recent Edinburgh District One-Act Festival held by the Scottish Community Drama Association, has made it through to the next round.

Sparkleshark, written by Philip Ridley, was placed third overall in the competition which spanned two nights and seven entries, narrowly missing out to the two entries from St. Serf's Players. Director, Will MacIver, received the Ian Wishart Quaich on behalf of the cast and crew.

EPT's performance also won the award for Best Stage Presentation, being awarded the "Bobby Watt Cup".

Speaking shortly after the competition, EPT president, Irene Beaver said, congratulations to Will MacIver and the Sparkleshark team for a wonderful performance at the SCDA 1-Act Festival tonight. They certainly did EPT proud!

Along with St. Serf's players, EPT will go on to represent Edinburgh & the Lothians at the Eastern Divisional Final, to be held 29th - 31st March 2012 at the Lochgelly Arts Centre, Fife. Winners from this leg will go on to the Scottish Final, to be held in April.

Competing in the One-Acts

14th February 2012

EPT hit the stage this weekend as we take part in the annual Edinburgh District One-Act Festival. This annual competition, held by the Scottish Community Drama Association, see teams from amateur theatre companies perform their choice of one-act play in front of an audience, before being adjudicated by a well respected figure in the world of theatre. Multiple district rounds are held, with the winners being whittled down through divisional finals, before the grand national final in the summer.

After an absence of several years, we shall be back in the running this time, as we enter Sparkleshark, written by Philip Ridley and directed by Will MacIver. The Edinburgh district round will be held at St. Serf's Church Hall on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th February, both nights starting at 7.00pm. We shall be performing on the Saturday, but if you come to both nights, you'll be able to vote for us in the Best of the Fest award.

Click here to book tickets from St. Serf's players.

Check out a video of all the entrants below.


New Mailing System

10th February 2012

The patrons' mailing list received some much needed improvements recently, when we brought online our new mailing list program. This will increase the reliability of deliveries of the e-mails, meaning you get the patrons mail on time, every time.

Our last mailing was sent out a few days ago, so check your junk e-mail filters if you're expecting one and haven't received it. If there's still no sign, you can sign up again and we'll make sure you're on the list. You can also use the sign up form to update your details or unsubscribe at any time.

Spring Line-up Announced

1st January 2012

EPT are delighted to announce the line-up for our next two shows, forming our spring season for 2012.

We begin in March with A Murder Is Announced, one of Agatha Christie's classic Miss Marple stories. Join us in Little Paddocks to find out what happened when the lights went out!.

Following in May, we present Losing Louis. Simon Mendes' black comedy sees secrets, which refuse to remain buried, erupt as family members are brought together, after years of segregation, to face it all out in the bedroom — the place where all the confusion began.

More details on both these shows can be found in the Shows section.

Panto Brings Another Year To A Close

31st December 2011

Our annual panto is all over, drawing to a close a highly successful year for EPT. Not only have we had an exciting year of shows and other events, we received the icing on the cake when we won the inaugral "Capital Spirit Award" in this year's Fringe!

We hope you have had as much fun watching all of this year's shows as we had performing them for you! we look forward to welcoming you to our future productions in 2012.

2012 Open Nights

29th December 2011

Our programme of Open Nights for 2012 will begin on Tuesday, 7th February. They will continue on the first Tuesday of every month, unless we have a show on at that time, for example, during the Fringe.

Open nights are a chance for prospective members to come along and and find out more about us. If you'd like to attend one, please comtact Martin Downes, our Membership Secretary.

Matinees Selling Fast

2nd December 2011

As usual, tickets are selling quickly for our panto matinees. The matinee performance of Mother Goose on Tuesday 27th December has now SOLD OUT!

Tickets are still available for the evening performance that day, but book now to avoid disappointment.

Parading Through The Wardrobe

14th November 2011

Edinburgh’s People’s Theatre are joining forces with Dobbies Garden World, Melville, this Christmas to perform a re-enactment of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

'All things Narnia' is the garden superstore’s theme over the festive season and they have invited EPT to get in on the act. After appearing at the Dobbies annual Santa Parade on Sunday 20th November, the EPT cast will perform three shows re-enacting the famous CS Lewis story.

EPT member, Kirsty Boyle, is directing and producing the forty-five minute re-enactment and said, “EPT were delighted to be approached by Dobbies asking us to get involved with their Christmas celebrations with a platform to promote our panto, Mother Goose.

“Now, we’re really excited to be bringing Narnia to life for people in the Lothians and, hopefully, further afield this Christmas, with a free performance every Saturday in December leading up to the big day.

“I have a brilliantly enthusiastic cast ready to do battle between Aslan and the White Witch of Narnia and some extremely talented youngsters taking up the mantle of the Pevensie children.

“Dobbies have a packed programme of events for their festive season and I hope people will take some time out of their hectic shopping day and bring their children along to enter the magical world of Narnia for a short time this Christmas.”

On the day of the parade, you will also be able to buy tickets for Mother Goose from our stall.

Sunday 20th November at 11.00am - Santa Parade with battle re-enactment
Saturday 3rd December at 1.00pm - Narnia Performance
Saturday 10th December at 1.00pm - Narnia Performance, with carol singing at 2.30pm
Saturday 17th December at 3.30pm - Narnia Performance

Panto Cast Announced

1st November 2011

The cast for this year's panto, Mother Goose, has been announced. Full details of who's performing can be found on the show page.

Don't forget that tickets are now on sale for the show. Book early to get your preferred seat and avoid disappointment.

Changes At The Top

1st October 2011

At the recent Annual General Meeting of EPT, a new committee was elected for the membership year 2011-2012. From the public point of view, we are delighted to announce the notable updates:

Andy Hope stood down from committee life this year, having spent the last year as President, and five years as Secretary before that. Irene Beaver takes over at the helm as President, and is no stranger to the role. You can read her welcome message here.

Vice President, Steve Roberts, continues for his third term this year, as does Johanna Hunter who remains in the role of Patrons Secretary. She is the first port of call for our registered patrons to get in touch, as well as for new patrons who wish to be put on our mailing lists to receive priority information about forthcoming shows and EPT events.

Martin Downes is our new Membership Secretary, not only looking after existing members, but is the first point of contact for anyone thinking of getting involved with EPT activities. Martin takes over from Fiona Gibb, who was elected club Secretary for this year, responsible for all administrive matters.

Kirsty Boyle is our new Head of Printing and Publicity, and is your first port of call regarding marketing and publicity enquiries.

Details of how to contact anyone in EPT, can be found on the Contact Us page.

Panto Tickets On Sale

17th September 2011

Tickets for the annual Church Hill Theatre pantomime, Mother Goose, are now on sale.

You can get them from all the usual places - online, by mail order, by phone or in person. Full details in the Box Office section.

Web Server Upgrade

10th September 2011

We will be conducting some upgrades to our web server over this week, between 12th and 15th September. During this period, our website and e-mail systems will be unavailable at times. Our online ticket reservation service will unavailable until 19th September.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience and will do our best to keep disruption to a minimum. If you find you can’t access our services, please leave if for a few hours and then try again.

Another Fringe Behind Us

1st September 2011

Seventeen performances, spanning four weeks and two productions, marked EPT's 53rd year of participation in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Both our shows played to busy houses, with audience members raving how much they'd enjoyed our two hilarious comedies.

Topping of another successful Fringe run, we were honoured to receive the Capital Spirit Award at the 2011 ENDAs.

We'd like to thank all our audiences, casts and crews who have made this Fringe success possible. Here's to next year and our 54th Fringe!

EPT Win Fringe Award

25th August 2011

EPT were delighted to receive the inaugural Capital Spirit Award at this year's Evening News Drama Awards ceremony. Presented by Edinburgh Playhouse general manager, Gary Roden, this new award is given to the theatre company which, in the minds of the competition judges, best captures the excitement and invigorating nature of the Fringe.

The Evening News Drama Awards, affectionately known as the ENDAs, began in 2007, which also saw EPT win that year's runner-up prize in the "best play" category. Jointly run by the Evening News and the Edinburgh Playhouse, the awards recognise the talent of the city's local amateur theatre companies during the internationally renowned Fringe festival.

The 2011 ENDA judging panel consisted of Thom Dibdin, Eleanor Brown and Ron Cattell. Evening News readers also participated in the voting.

Fringe Reviews Online

Updated: 16th August 2011

A review of The Chippit Chantie is now available to read on the new website, edfringe review.com. The pair of reviewers who came along described the show as a "remarkably entertaining evening" and a "jolly good show".

Read the edfringe review article

Also online is Thom Dibdin's review featuring in the Evening News' ENDAs coverage, billing the show as "Cracking production stays true to comedy and heart of original".

Read the Evening News Review

Fringe Pics Online

11th August 2011

Publicity photos for both our Fringe shows, The Chippit Chantie and It Takes Four To Tango With Panto, are now available to view online. Double-click on the thumbnail strips below to go to the full galleries.



 

EPT Feature in Fringe Preview

2nd August 2011

EPT feature heavily in the latest Fringe preview article by the city's leading theatre critic, Thom Dibdin. The piece gives a flavour of what amateur companies are doing in this year's Fringe, as well some historical notes.

You can read the article on Thom's website at thomdibdin.co.uk

Fringe Countdown Begins

1st August 2011

There is now less than one week to go until EPT’s Fringe performances begin, this year for our 53rd time in the festival’s history!

We open this Saturday with our traditional Scot’s comedy – The Chippit Chantie. We take you back in time to 1785 and the village of Ballindean in Fife. X has had her chamber pot broken and it is down to Judge Boyd to get to the bottom of things, dispensing his own unique flavour of justice! Things don’t go all the judges way, however, when the Inspector of Courts arrives in the village, showing a keen interest in the Boyd’s affairs.

Immediately after Saturday’s opening performance, we will be hosting our annual Patrons Evening. This is a chance for our registered patrons to meet the cast and crew over drinks and nibbles served in the venue coffee bar. If you’re not a registered patron, don’t worry. You can sign up to our mailing list on our patrons’ page, or fill in one of our forms in the venue.

The Chippit Chantie will run for the first two weeks of the Fringe and offers two matinee performances. For the third week, we come right back to the present day with It Takes Four To Tango With Panto. This show follows the misfortunes of Newington Amateur Dramatics Society, in what is in fact a comedy double-bill. Featuring David Tristram’s Last Tango In Newington and Last Panto In Newington, we follow the hilarious antics of the four remaining members of the society as they fight for survival and turn to desperate measures to try to boost their audience numbers!

As most of you will be aware, this year’s Festival Cavalcade has been cancelled. Sadly, this means the loss of a useful publicity event for all of the city’s amateur groups. So, please tell all your friends about our shows and help spread the word.

Don’t forget about our half-price ticket offer – see the news item below. We look forward to seeing you at one of performances soon!

Half Price Ticket Offer

7th June 2011

We are pleased to announce our Fringe 2011 half-price ticket offer, meaning you can save money when you come to see both our Fringe shows. Click on the link below to visit the offer page and find out more.

Fringe 2011 ticket offer - full details

Fringe Tickets On Sale

1st June 2011

Tickets are now on sale for both our Fringe shows - The Chippit Chantie & It Takes Four To Tango With Panto. Find out more in our Shows section or book your tickets now in our Box Office section.

Mrs Markham Review Online

27th May 2011

Thom Dibdin's review of Move Over Mrs Markham describes the show as "a cracking good night out". It will appear in tonight's Edinburgh Evening News, but you can read it by clicking the link below.

Read the Evening News review

Mrs Markham Preview Online

19th May 2011

Ahead of next week's production of Move Over Mrs Markham, the Edinburgh Evening News has published their preview article of the show in this week's edition of The Guide. You can read it by clicking the link below.

Read the Evening News article

Mrs Markham Pics Online

10th May 2011

Publicity photos for Move Over Mrs Markham are now available to view online. Click on the thumbnails below to go to the full gallery.

 

Fringe Line Up Announced

28th March 2011

For our 53rd year on the Fringe, EPT will be offering a triple-bill of shows.

Weeks one and two see us perform the traditional Scots comedy. This year it will be The Chippit Chantie - this adaptation by Victor Carin is based on Der Zerbrochene Krug by Heinrich von Kleist.

Following on in week three, we bring you It Takes Four To Tango With Panto. This is a double bill of two of David Tristram's hilarious one-act plays - Last Tango In Grimley and Last Panto In Grimley. They follow the mis-fortunes and antics of a failing am-dram company, which we'll be setting in Newington.

Like last year, we are pleased to be able to offer Saturday matinee performances for both shows. We will also have a special offer giving you discounts when ordering tickets for both shows directly from us. More details are on the show pages.

Charing Cross Pics Online

11th March 2011

Publicity photos for 84 Charing Cross are now available to view online. Click on the thumbnails below to go to the full gallery.

 

Charing Cross Preview Online

10th March 2011

Ahead of next week's production of 84 Charing Cross Road, the Edinburgh Evening News has published their preview article of the show. You can read it by clicking the link below.

Read the Evening News article

Charing Cross Tickets On Sale

20th January 2011

Tickets for our March show, 84 Charing Cross Road, are now on sale. You can book online or order them by post using the downloadable order form. They will also shortly be available to buy over the phone or in person from the Queens Hall box office.

Full details of how to book can be found in our Box Office section. More information on 84 Charing Cross Road can be found on the show page.

Spring Line-up Announced

1st January 2011

EPT are delighted to annouce the line-up for our next two shows, forming our spring season for 2011.

We begin in March with 84 Charing Cross Road. This adaptation by James Roose-Evans, tells the story of Helene Hanff's twenty year correspondance accross the Atlantic with a London Bookseller. A heart warming and very human tale.

Following in May, we present Move Over Mrs Markham. Written by two masters of the genre, Ray Cooney and John Chapman, this bedroom farce will be an evening of mayhem and hilarity.

More details on both these shows can be found in the Shows section.

Panto's Over For Another Year

21st December 2010

Our annual panto is all over for another year. A huge thank you to all our audiences who braved the snowy conditions to cheer Humpty on in his quest to thwart the evil Monstro.

We hope you had as much fun watching the show as we had performing it for you!

Matinees Sell Out

17th December 2010

Our matinee performances of Humpty Dumpty on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th December have SOLD OUT!

Tickets are still available for our remaining evening performances. However, you will need to buy these on the door at the theatre. We regret that we are unable to offer online bookings for these.

Humpty Review Online

15th December 2010

Edinburgh theatre critic, Thom Dibdin, has posted his review of Humpty Dumpty on his website. Click on the link below to read it:

Read the Humpty Dumpty Review here

Humpty Dumpty Pics Online

15th December 2010

Publicty photos for our 2010 pantomime are now available to view online. Click on the thumbnails below to go to the full gallery.

 

Humpty Opens

10th December 2010

THE annual Church Hill Theatre pantomime, Humpty Dumpty, opens tonight at 7.00pm. Good luck to all the cast and crew and also a huge thank you to them for battling through the snow to get everything setup in time!

Please allow extra time to get to the theatre. We recommend using public transport as, like in much of the city, on street parking may still be limited by snow banks on the kerb. If you arrive early, you can also relax with hot food and drink in Loop Lorna's Tea House at the theatre.

Humpty Fights On!

8th December 2010

Despite the awful weather conditions, Humpty's quest to rid the evil Monstro of his powers will not be thwarted! All performances will go ahead as sheduled.

Please allow extra time to get to the theatre. We recommend using public transport as, like in much of the city, on street parking is currently extremely limited. If you arrive early, you can also relax with hot food and drink in Loop Lorna's Tea House at the theatre.

Santa Parade Pics Online

26th November 2010

The cast of Humpty Dumpty welcomed Santa in style at the recent Dobbies Parade, despite the appaling weather! You can check out pictures of the event below.

 

If the above feature doesn't work, use this link to view the gallery.

Panto Cast Meet Santa

1st November 2010

The cast of the EPT's annual pantomime extravaganza, Humpty Dumpty, are set to meet Santa when he visits Dobbies Garden Centre, Lasswade at 11am on Sunday 21 November. Dame Dobb, Mother Goose and friends will welcome Santa to Edinburgh when he arrives by helicopter ahead of his busiest time of year.

The characters will all be appearing in EPT’s Humpty Dumpty at the Church Hill Theatre in December and are available for photos at the event on 21 November. Cast members will be taking part in the Santa parade and handing out information for the panto, tickets orders can also be taken on the day

Director, Mandy Black, is in charge of Humpty Dumpty and said, ahead of the event;

“This is a unique opportunity to meet the characters from Humpty Dumpty before the show and a great way to introduce children to them when they are greeting Santa.

“EPT panto is legendary and this year will be no different from the usual lively, bright and entertaining show people are used to.

“Characters like Dame Dobb, Mother Goose, Tommy Tittlemouse, Mary Quite Contrary and Little Bo Peep will be more than happy to stop for photos with anyone on the day and the cast are looking forward to helping people get in to the Christmas spirit as Santa arrives at Dobbies and kicks off the season in style!”

Click here to find Dobbies' location.

Charity Panto Preview

28th October 2010

EPT are throwing open our doors to charity for this year’s pantomime preview night. For the first time, we are inviting charities in the city to come along to the preview night of Humpty Dumpty on Thursday 9th December.

Charitable organisations are being offered the opportunity to see the show before the general public and at a reduced price of £5 per ticket, with £4 of that going directly to the charity.

Former EPT President and preview night organiser, Carol Caldwell, said;

“We are fortunate to be supported by a number of organisations in Edinburgh and we would just like to give a little something back to other charities who work hard.

“Panto is a great fun family show and our hope with having a charity preview night is to encourage people who might not normally come along to give it a go. No doubt everyone will be singing along by the end of the night and it’s just our way of helping out some worthwhile causes.

“The reduced rate of £5 for tickets is available to any charity in Edinburgh for the performance on Thursday 9th December. £4 of that price will go directly to the charity afterwards so do please get in touch with EPT, via Webmaster, Robert Fuller, stating which charity you work for, if you are interested in coming along on preview night”.

Prescription Review Online

16th October 2010

Edinburgh theatre critic, Thom Dibdin, has posted his review of Prescription For Murder on his website. Click on the link below to read it:

Read the Prescription For Murder Review here

Member’s Got Talent

15th October 2010

EPT member, Mairi Beaver, recently made it through to the Top 40 in Edinburgh’s Got Talent. The local talent contest, run by the Evening News, follows the theme set by the hit national ITV series.

Masses of entries were received by the paper and out of those, the judges compiled a shortlist of the Top 40 contenders. Now the public get to decide which of these make it through to the next round. The resulting 20 will then be whittled down by the judges to the last 10, when there will be another public vote, counting towards 50% of the overall result on the finals night, to be held at the Assembly Rooms.

You can listen to Mairi’s entry here. If you like what you hear, please vote for her (code 036) at the Edinburgh's Got Talent website.

Reserved Seating is back

12th October 2010

We are delighted to announce the re-introduction of reserved seating for pantomimes. This will begin with the 2010 production of Humpty Dumpty. So what are you waiting for? Book now to secure the best seats!

All other shows remain unreserved seating.

Visit our Box Office section to book now!

Tweet, Tweet...

29th September 2010

EPT are excited to announce that we are now on Twitter, the worldwide micro-blogging site. Why not keep up-to-date with all things EPT and follow along at www.twitter.com/EPeoplesTheatre?