A rock and dramatic venue: All Edinburgh Theatre.com

All the details for this weekend’s first StagEHd festival.

This weekend, Saturday May 28 and 29, 2022, the Ross Bandstand is invested for the first time StageEHd Festival, Edinburgh’s newest theater festival, funded by the Edinburgh City Council Community Fund.

Born out of a conversation about the commercialization of Edinburgh’s public spaces, StagEHd is a free, open-access theater festival, showcasing the best of Edinburgh’s independent, grassroots and community theater companies.

The nine productions range from amateur theatre, children’s theater and puppetry to musical theater for young people and avant-garde opera. Full details are in the listings below.

The Castle Rock – the inspiration for Claire Wood’s new play, rock.

One of the standout productions of the weekend for All Edinburgh Theater readers will be the production of rock on Sunday afternoon, a new site-specific work written especially for performance at the Ross Bandstand by Claire Wood for the Edinburgh Graduate Theater Group (EGTG).

The piece explores the impact that people throughout history have had on the global climate. In the wake of the organization of COP26 in Glasgow, he wonders if today’s society is doing enough to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.

Written from the perspective of Castle Rock, the play offers a potted history of Edinburgh from the Ice Age to the present day. The rock role is shared by three actors, with the remaining performers representing some of the people who walked through what are now the beautifully landscaped gardens of Princes Street, but weren’t always so cared for.

a cast full of ideas

Caire Wood says: “We are living in a global climate emergency. The global temperature is rising and the worst effects are already irreversible. We have to act. We need to stop thinking it’s someone else’s problem to solve. rock explores how we got here and what we need to do next.

The play, which will be staged at 2 p.m. on Sunday and is expected to last an hour, is directed by Alan Patterson with a cast of 14.

Patterson adds: “Having the chance to perform in Princes Street Gardens is a welcome delight and challenge for a cast brimming with ideas. The performance and storyline evolved throughout the rehearsal process and the end result is a visually interesting piece that should stimulate discussion and challenge the audience.

All performances are free, with the public encouraged to bring a picnic and blankets to enjoy the shows. Pre-book free tickets at the links in the listings or visit StageEHd’s Eventbrite page here.


A girl called Grace
Mr Blue
Sat 28: 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
How to beat a witch with kindness: the story of Grace and what happened when she met the witch, Baba Yaga. Puppet show suitable from 3 years old Book here

Wawel Dragon
The stage mirror
Sat 28: 11.30am-12.30pm.
Amusing adaptation of a famous Polish legend about the mythical dragon that once lived in a cave at the foot of Wawel Hill, below Krakow Castle on the banks of the Vistula. Who will become a hero and a savior of the city? Suitable for ages 5 and up Book here

Bard on the Cards: What a Witch
Hit a troupe of Prose Shakespeare
Sat 28: 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Were Shakespeare’s characters bewitched? If so, who knows? Was it really possession? Help us decide and take action: you can even challenge our Witches to a monologue on the spot! Fun entertainment that brings famous Shakespeare characters to you. Suitable for ages 6 and up at guardian’s discretion. Book here

The Paul Connolly Showcase
Paul Connoly
Sat 28: 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Paul Connolly, Scottish actor and improviser (Spontaneous Potter and Absolute Improv!) was looking for a show that would show him to the world. Then he decided to write one that probably made more sense. So join Paul as he presents a whole host of skits featuring a variety of characters in comedy, singing, dancing and more. 14 years and over Book here

musical mania
Momentum Performing Arts
Sat 28: 5 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
Momentum Performing Arts students present old and new songs from musical theatre. Our cast of ages 6-18 explores different genres and encourages our audience to join in if they know a song! From emotional to optimistic, from cute to energetic, join us on the adventure of Musical Mania Suitable for all ages. Book here

The wishing well
Kate Macsween
Sun 29: 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
A woman grieving for her lost child is drawn to the magic of the wishing well. She receives as a gift the thing she most desires. She accepts that there will be a forfeit but does not know what it will be. Many happy years pass but the threat of the Wishing Well hangs over her. One day, she must pay the price. Suitable for ages 6 and up. Book here

Mummers Meadows
Sun 29: 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
A 21st century adaptation of a traditional Scottish folk drama, performed by an all-female cast. This is outside of “normal” theatrical conventions. There is no attempt at reality. A presenter introduces the play; a villain appears, followed by a hero. There is a challenge, a sword fight, and the hero is killed. This is not how the story is supposed to unfold. How will good triumph over evil in the end? Suitable for ages 3+ Book here

Sun 29: 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spouted from a volcano 350 million years ago, Castle Rock has watched over Edinburgh ever since. Hundreds of thousands of lives, loves, promises kept and promises broken later, the temperature is rising. And the rock is powerless to stop it. Suitable for ages 6 and up Book here

KATABASIS: an underground opera
lone carp
Sun 29: 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Live performance of the studio debut of lonely carp, a concept album organized as a captivating descent into the underworld through seven moves of fused mythology, each more intense than the last. Drawing on neoclassical and industrial influence, lonely carp uses extensive vocal and instrumental technique to create a shocking live art performance that further expands the codes of the album, his latest multidisciplinary work of trans* activism. Recommended age 16+. Book here


Keywords: Alan Patterson, Amateurs, Claire Wood, EGTG, Annonces, Actualités, Ross Bandstand, StageHd, Théâtre