About the Grads
'The Grads' was founded in 1954 by some Edinburgh University alumni who were former members of the University Dramatic Society. Since then, the original members have been joined or replaced by fresh generations of talent. The University connection has been retained, though, and we still meet in the Grads Association rooms at 24 Buccleuch Place. We were the first-ever production in Adam House and also re-opened the theatre (following its refurbishment) with our 'Golden Jubilee' production of Maskerade by Terry Pratchett in 2004.
Grads average four theatrical productions each year, including participatin in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Never shy of a challenge, in recent years our full length productions have included plays by Tom Stoppard, Michael Frayn, Christopher Hampton, William Shakespeare, Caryl Churchill, David Hare, Patrick Marber, John Pielmeier, and Jez Butterworth, among others. In the one-act sphere, we have placed in the Edinburgh round of the SCDA One-Act Festival with, among others, Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman and Sara Kane's4:48 Psychosis. In fringe 2007, we produced Tiny Dynamite by Abi Morgan, for which we received a Commendation in the Edinburgh Evening News Drama Awards. The Grad's production of Margaret Edson's Wit was the winner of the SCDA full length competition for the 2009-10 season. The 2011-2012 season was produced in collaboration with, and as a part of the RSC OpenStages project. In 2011, the Grads were selected as one of 8 finalist, nationwide, to take part in the 2012 televised competition Nation's Best AmDram on Sky Arts and Sky 1. In 2012 we received the Spirit of the Fringe award from the Edinburgh Evening News' Drama Awards for Paul Higgins' Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us. The Grads have again been selected to take part in the RSC OpenStages (2014-2016) project, with a production of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus coming in the 2015 season.
Costume and Property Hire
We've an extensive archive of items of many different styles and periods. If you think there might be something we could help with, please contact the Secretary.
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