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Verity Simpson

My first outing treading the boards was at the Churchill Theatre at age 12, when I was cast in the school musical (Bugsy Malone). I was hooked, and involved myself in every production till the end of my school years. At university I signed straight up with Leicester University Theatre Society (LUT), and was rewarded with my very first female role - a German prostitute in the chorus for Cabaret! LUT saw me through my time at university - often with my degree taking a backseat to whatever production was the "big thing" of the moment! Some of my favourite shows over the years with them include King Lear (Cordelia), Alice in Wonderland (Dormouse) and Caryl Churchill's Fen (Val). I even tried my hand at directing The Same... But Different, an unpublished one-act comedy I'd seen in the Edinburgh Fringe in 2006. My favourite acting role to date, though, came from my summertime job at the Edinburgh Dungeon, where Itty Bean (granddaughter of the infamous cannibal Sawney Bean) was born.

I joined ETA when I moved back to Edinburgh in 2008 and jumped straight into action with a part in A Christmas Carol. I was then cast as the housemaid, Bessie, in Laura, and the following summer I was able to realise a life-long dream of performing in the Edinburgh Fringe in A Tale of Two Cities (as Lucie Manette). Tons of Money followed, which gave me my first taste of Llandrindod Wells Drama Festival, and now I am thrilled to be a part of Macbeth in Scots this year.