Student Theatre Companies

There are many student theatre companies that make fantastic drama all over Edinburgh and beyond. If you are interested in joining them, the best way to learn more is to go to one of their Welcome Week events! For other ways to get involved, read on:

Edinburgh University Student Theatre Companies

  Edinburgh University Theatre Company (EUTC)
The EUTC is the largest and oldest Edinburgh University theatre society, and runs the entirely student-run Bedlam Theatre, a 90-seat theatre in a neo-gothic church. We put on 40 shows a year of all sorts, along with a large number of workshops, socials, and other events in our own space.

The best way to get involved is to join a Fresher’s family or a Techie Family (links will follow, and be posted on the Facebook groups). That way you will be matched with experience Bedlamites who can answer all your questions. If you want to act, participate in one of the open auditions advertised on Social Media. If you want to do tech, backstage, producing or directing: Look out for people posting opportunities on Bedlam Backstage and Bedlam Techies

Facebook page and Facebook group, anyone can join!
  Edinburgh Studio Opera (ESO)
Since 1968, ESO have produced student opera in Edinburgh. Often producing one production a year, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved!

Facebook page
  EU Footlights
Footlights has a focus on musical theatre, and puts on one musical in February, showchoir in March, and one musical during Fringe.

Want to get involved as an actor? Their audition packs are now up!. To get involved with tech or stage, follow them on Social Media and wait until they put out a call for assistants.

Facebook page
  EU Savoy Opera Group (EUSOG)
Edinburgh University’s second oldest theatre company, EUSOG since 1961 has produced many productions from the Savoy Operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, to classic and contemporary musicals. They typically put on two productions a year (one per semester), and another at Fringe.

To get involved, follow them on Social Media and wait for the release of their audition packs or their call for tech and backstage assistants.

Facebook page
  Les Escogriffes
Les Escogriffes, or Edinburgh University French Theatre Society, has created French student theatre in Edinburgh since 1969. They produce at least one production a year, with many other socials and events for anyone interested in French theatre.

Facebook page
  Shakespeare Society (ShakeSoc)
ShakeSoc, or the EUSC, is a society for Shakespeare lovers who want to put on more Shakespeare! They do one main production a year and several Shakespearementals (experiemental Shakespeare and Shakespeare-related shows that don’t necessarily have to be written by Will himself), with plenty of socials and workshops in between.

Facebook page
  The Edinburgh Revue
The Edinburgh Revue is Edinburgh University’s comedy sketch and stand up society. Since 2006 they put on a large variety of shows and events for anyone to get involved.

Facebook page
Theatre Paradok Logo   Theatre Paradok
Theatre Paradok has been at the forefront of alternative and boundary pushing theatre. This has taken form in experimental art, radio plays, and site-specific theatre. They put on several productions throughout the year.

Check out their get involved page for all details. For a brief rundown: To get involved this year, either think of a proposal for their General Meeting at the end of week 2. You are welcome to discuss any plans with them by messaging or emailing them! You can also wait for auditions to go up in week 3, and look out for any calls for assistants or team members for tech, backstage, producing and directing on their members group (also for non-members)! You can also take part in their Movement course, which you can join at any point in the semester, or Intro to Acting course

Facebook page, and Members Facebook group!

Student Theatre Festivals

  National Student Drama Festival (NSDF)
From 1956, NSDF has been hosting student theatre from around the country at their festival each April. The EUTC has participated many times in the past.
  Inter-University Drama Festival (IUDF)
Started in 2011 by student theatre companies from Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, and Oxford, IUDF is festival that is composed of mutliple theatre companies from multiple universities in the form of a competition, that is hosted in a new location each year. Bedlam Theatre hosted in 2016.
  Scottish Online Student Drama Festival (SOSDF)
SOSDF is the new (2021) online theatre festival for student theatre companies from around the country.