Richmond youth theatre group return to Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The cast and crew of Dorian Gray, with Youth Theatre Officer, Aimee Shields

A cast of students from The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre will be performing at the Fringe for the second year running thanks to the generosity of a lifelong theatre lover.

Brian Tennant from Yarm left a generous legacy, which is enabling the cast of 11 students, aged between 13 and 18, to appear at Venue 39, The Space on the Mile between 19 – 23 August, 2019.

Written especially for the Festival, Dorian Gray has already received critical acclaim and won two awards at a regional round of the prestigious All England Theatre Festival.

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The production is set in the Roaring Twenties and is based on Oscar Wilde’s scandalous Victorian novel that shocked early readers by its hints at unspeakable sins.

Charting the disintegration of a young man who trades his soul for eternal youth and beauty, the story is an exposé of a society poisoned by vanity and self-obsession.

“We are thrilled to be returning to Edinburgh this summer,” said Youth Theatre Officer Aimee Shields, writer and director of Dorian Gray.

“It is unusual for youth theatre groups to perform at the Festival so we are very pleased to be able to give our students this amazing opportunity.

“Not only do they experience life as a performer at one of the dedicated central venues but they also work as a team on the many back-stage activities that are essential to putting on a show.”

During term time, The Georgian Theatre Royal holds a range of after-school and weekend youth theatre classes in Acting and Musical Theatre. These are open to all young people from 6 to 18-years-old.

Anyone interested in joining should contact 01748 825252 or email:

Alternatively, an application form can be downloaded from