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Sam Heughan’s first theater company rewards campaign to enable women to go to college with new show


The Royal Lyceum Theater will be on a hunt for new young stars for “Seven Against Edinburgh”, which will see a group of teenage girls learn about the stories of the inspiring women who faced academia and medicine over 150 years ago.

The Lyceum’s Youth Theater Company, which Heughan joined as a teenager growing up in the city, will hold open auditions for the show.

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Billed as a story with “female tenacity and friendship at its heart,” the Lyceum says it will also draw comparisons between Victorian and modern Edinburgh.

Sam Heughan joined the Royal Lyceum Theater Youth Company and also worked as a bailiff on site.

Seven Against Edinburgh is expected to recall the impact of the Edinburgh Seven campaign launched by Sophia Jex-Blake after she was accepted to study medicine at the University of Edinburgh, but the decision was overturned as it was deemed too difficult and expensive to house one woman. student.

She persuaded then-The Scotsman editor-in-chief Alexander Russel to launch a Jex-Blake appeal, which led to six other women – Isabel Thorne, Edith Pechey, Matilda Chaplin, Helen Evans, Mary Anderson and Emily Bovell – to come forward and the newspaper would continue to support their campaign.

They were allowed to enroll in 1869, but faced growing sexism, bureaucracy, hostility, and legal challenges that kept them from graduating, although their efforts made it possible for women to get the right to go to college across Britain.

The Edinburgh Seven campaign was largely forgotten until students were awarded a plaque at medical school in 2015 and awarded posthumous degrees in 2019.

The 12 roles involved in the production are aimed at young people who will be between 16 and 21 years old at the start of next year, having no professional training as an actor and having little or no stage experience.

Nine “female” comedians-musicians are wanted as well as three young people to work as creators of the show, which will be in rehearsal from January and should be staged in April.

An official Lyceum announcement said: “Those who audition for actor-musician roles must be confident in singing and may be able to play an instrument, but otherwise

applicants of all abilities and experience are encouraged to apply.

“The focus will be on professional development, with each role designed to provide young people with a rich learning experience.

opportunities, training and insight into the creative process, and opportunities are designed for young people not attending drama schools.

Becky Hope, writer and director of the show, said: “Seven Against Edinburgh has young people at its heart.

“We want to create a production full of energy and revolution, putting the tenacity and friendship of women at the center.

“This will be the unique opportunity to train in live theatrical performance (or in a creative team).

“You don’t have to have any previous experience to be a part of this show, just a passion for telling great stories.

“You will participate in the development of the production and its performance in the exciting studio space of the Lyceum. “