Baptism of fire for Newtongrange woman’s theatre company

Casey Enochs as Leila and Macleod Stephen as Lee, in Yellow Moon, an Auld Stag Theatre Company production
Casey Enochs as Leila and Macleod Stephen as Lee, in Yellow Moon, an Auld Stag Theatre Company production

A Newtongrange woman will present her theatre company’s first ever production at the world’s largest arts festival, just a year after graduating from university.

Julia Carstairs (22) set-up the Auld Stag Theatre Company with Joe Christie and McLeod Stephen a year ago, after leaving Edinburgh University with a journalism degree.

Its first production ‘Yellow Moon: The ballad of Leila and Lee’, is on at the Grand Theatre, theSpace @ Surgeons Hall as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Julia said: “Rehearsals are going absolutely brilliantly. The cast are unreal, the performances they give are just so great.

“Our props are basically just four chairs so a lot of it is asking the audience to use their imagination. For example some of the scenes are in the Highlands.

“I love the show, and I urge people to come and see it because you will feel refreshed and it will make you think after watching it.

“I just hope it gets a really great reaction, hopefully it does well and people enjoy it.

“I’m so proud of everyone that is involved in this for what they have done so far.”

Written by acclaimed playwright David Greig (‘The Architect’ and ‘Dunsinane’), the play tells how a shocking murder forces two teenage outcasts on the run to the Highlands, with reality and imagination colliding.

‘Yellow Moon: The ballad of Leila and Lee’, at the Grand Theatre, theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5:30pm, August 18-23. Tickets £8/£6. www.edfringe.com

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