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Young actors’ company formed to offer free training in Scotland

Members of the Attic Collective with Susan Worsfold and Cat Sheridan. Photo: Neil Hanna Members of the Attic Collective with Susan Worsfold and Cat Sheridan. Photo: Neil Hanna
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A new company for emerging actors has been launched as part of a talent development initiative from Edinburgh’s Festival City Theatres.

Members of the 18-strong Attic Collective, aged between 18 and 25 years old, have been picked from nearly 400 applicants at open auditions held in September.

Membership of the company is open to those who are either aspiring to, or have completed, formal acting training. Members will receive a year of free training under the guidance of director Susan Worsfold and learning and participation coordinator Cat Sheridan.

The company will be based at the trust’s King’s Theatre and produce three main stage productions in the year, including a contemporary, a classical and a musical performance.

Director Susan Worsfold said: “Our ensemble members have proven their commitment to working in the theatre industry, either through education, creating or being in professional work. This next year will offer further access to the professional community and a support in their lifelong commitment to theatre in Scotland.”

The inaugural year’s productions will include Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, Brecht’s Threepenny Opera and the world premiere of War in America, commissioned from playwright Jo Clifford by the Lyceum in 1996 but rejected as being “too offensive”.

Welcoming the decision to stage War in America, Clifford said she was very proud it had been chosen by the Attic Collective.

She said: “I was deeply involved in training actors at Queen Margaret University, and it is something I still feel passionately about. So I am especially pleased that my play will be an important milestone in these young artists’ careers.”

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