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18-25s: Mondays

This is a joint project with theatre company ACTive INquiry and Out of the Blue, exploring the history of Leith Docks. Following on from the huge success of the collaborative Gretna 100 Project in 2015, Tales from the Hanging Captain was performed at Leith Festival in June and at Forest Fringe in August 2016. Dramaturgy by Duncan Kidd, devised by the company and directed by Gavin Crichton. The same team has begun work on part two of the project, a play called The Waves on the Seas. See below for performances dates and tickets.


Age group: 18-25
Dates: Mon 6-8pm 3rd October onwards
Venue: Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh EH6 8RG



£5/£3 (concessions) NB this project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

What to Bring:

Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water.


22-24 June 2017: Leith Festival

Tickets available HERE.

August 2017: Fringe dates tbc: Out of the Blue

Staff Members

Steve Small: Creative Director

Steve has worked with young people in theatre for 25 years. He was Associate Director for Scottish Youth Theatre, Head of Education at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh where he created the Education Department and founded the award winning Lyceum Youth Theatre and was Associate Director, Education & Community, at Dundee Rep.  Since founding Strange Town he has directed numerous plays including Teach Me which was shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Club Edinburgh Guide Scottish Theatre Award in 2012.  Other work includes; The National Theatre of Scotland, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Edinburgh College, Queen Margaret University College, Moray House, BBC Scotland, Aberdeen Council and he has led workshops in Norway and Japan.

Duncan Kidd

As a playwright Duncan has worked with Imaginate, Tramway, Active Inquiry, Out of the Blue, Village Pub Theatre, Charioteer Theatre and Piccolo Theatre, Milan.  He has presented a music show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and was the winner of the Rowan Tree Playwriting Competition 2013.

He has extensive experience working with young people aged 8-18 using a devising process. He has written and developed many scripts for and with children and young people for Strange Town and has worked in many primary schools throughout Scotland.

What People Say

"The work we have devised has come from the participants, and has really impacted the audiences. It's helped me to learn how to work with people who have a different approach to their performance."

Young Company member

"I really enjoy all the different ideas that come out of it, all the different personalities make it so much more interesting. I also think that even though it is a wide variety of ages, this helps with the knowledge and I have learnt a lot from them all; basically I just love it!"

Young Company member
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