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Out of the Blue
14-18s: Screen Thursdays

We have two groups for 14-18s, this is our new Acting for Screen group. From August 2019 they worked with filmmaker and director Ryan Dewar from Dreamcastle Films and then from January 2020 they will go on to make short films in collaboration again with Screen Education Edinburgh. (We are in the process of applying for funding for the January-June 2020 stage and will update members nearer the time.)

The Sep 17- Jun 18 Acting for Screen group made 3 short films in collaboration with Screen Ed, you can find links to watch them here.



Age group: 14-18
Dates: Thursdays 6-8pm: 29th August - 28th November 2019
Venue: Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh EH6 8RG



£105 per term NB bursaries giving discounts and free places are available.

What to Bring:

Loose, comfortable clothes and a bottle of water


This group will be learning acting for screen and filmmaking techniques with filmmaker Ryan Dewar.

Staff Members

Ryan Alexander Dewar: Screen Director

As a director or producer, Ryan has worked for Red Bull, STV, BBC, World Travel and on two feature films, winning multiple international awards for ‘Time Teens: The Beginning’ for best film and best director.  He has his own production company Dreamcastle Films www.dreamcastle-films.com

Other credits include media work for the official ‘Wicked’ & ‘Kinky Boots’ UK tours, ‘The Steamie’ and John Byrne’s ‘Cuttin’ a Rug’. He also directed short Films ‘Big Red’ & ‘The Wrong Guy’ with Andy Gray and Elaine C Smith and latterly worked with BBC’s ‘River City’. Ryan is a frequent collaborator as a director with Gilded Balloon at Edinburgh Fringe and Scottish tours.

In theatre, directed ‘Neither God nor Angel’ by Tim Barrow, Grant Stott in ‘Tales From Behind the Mic’, ‘Confessional’ by David Weir starring Jonathan Watson, ‘Double Feature’ by Philip Differ, starring Edinburgh King’s comedy favourites Andy Gray and Grant Stott and sell out musical ‘A Bottle of Wine & ‪Patsy Cline’ by Morag Fullarton.

He has taught acting for camera at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland and for UNSUB actors and frequently collaborates with Shooters films and Spiritaid on social and documentary films.

Ryan is currently developing two new features and a TV movie.

Ailis Paterson: Assistant

Ailis is an aspiring writer, director and facilitator. She has recently returned to Edinburgh after studying in Aberdeen where she was awarded an MA (Hons) degree in English and History. She has worked in theatre and venue management for five years with Aberdeen Performing Arts and Summerhall, and has recently moved to join the front of house team at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. Following on from volunteering with youth theatre projects and script in hand new writing nights in Aberdeen, Ailis has been with Strange Town since March 2016 and as well as working with our youth theatre groups, she leads some of the company’s outreach workshops in schools.

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