Edinburgh Theatre Arts

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John McLinden 

I made my acting debut for Edinburgh Theatre Arts in the early 1970s. I made my directorial debut in 1975 with a production of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite. I have combined acting and directing with, for a number of years, the role of Club treasurer and secretary. I am presently Chairman of the
One of the benefits of being a member of ETA is the opportunity to work with talented directors and actors and to play parts that professional actors would die for. I have been able to develop my skills over the years and this is a unique selling point of ETA. It is a perfect training ground for
people interested in following a professional stage career.
Among my favourite roles are:  Stanley and McCann in our two productions of The Birthday Party; Biff Loman in Death of a Salesmen;  MacDuff in Macbeth; Van Helsing in Dracula; Gayev in The Cherry Orchard and Arthur Wicksteed in Habeas Corpus. As a director my favourites are The Odd Couple (which was my first award winning production); David Copperfield; The Ride down Mount Morgan; The Weekend; The Day they shot John Lennon and A Tale of Two Cities which won an Evening News Drama Award.