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Out of the Blue
14-18s: Tuesdays

We have three groups for 14-18s.  Each one works closely with our team of writers, developing and performing new plays at venues such as the Traverse Theatre and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. This group recently created a play with writer Alan Gordon, on the theme of The Journey, called Last Night Me. It was performed in June 2017 at the Traverse Theatre. From September 2017 they will work on a new piece to be performed in June 2018.


Age group: 14-18
Dates: Tues 6-8pm 29th Aug - 5th Dec & 9th Jan - 27th Mar & 17th Apr - 19th Jun
Venue: Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh EH6 8RG



£97 (Aug-Dec) £97 (Jan-Mar) £97 (Apr-Jun) NB bursaries giving discounts and free places are available.

What to Bring:

Loose, comfortable clothes and a bottle of water

Staff Members

Becky Hope-Palmer: Director

Becky Hope-Palmer trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During this time she worked on projects with Shakespeare’s Globe, Oran Mor, The Arches and for London-based company, Action to the Word. She has since worked as a freelance director with companies such as Vanishing Point, A Play, a Pie, a Pint, predominantly with the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh and in various ways with Playwrights Studio Scotland. Last year, along with Phillip Breen she directed the York Mystery Plays in York Minster with a cast of nearly 200 volunteers and has recently finished working with the Royal Shakespeare Company in association with Hull Truck on a new Richard Bean play for Hull City of Culture 2017. She is also directing a new musical for East Riding Theatre called It’s Different for Girls with She Productions.

Becky founded Edinburgh-based company Thrive Theatre in 2012 with the artistic vision of creating an outlet for playwrights to create new, exciting work in and around the city. She directed the company’s debut play Riot Squat by Alan Gordon in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012 and Alan’s play Buffer in 2014. Becky is currently developing a new play with Thrive called The Jam Diaries by Gemma Stroyan.

Catherine Ward-Stoddart: Assistant Director

Catherine is a freelance facilitator and theatre maker from Glasgow. She graduated in 2014 with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Screen Acting from University of the West of Scotland. Since graduating she has worked extensively across the central belt of Scotland including at the Tron Theatre and Macrobert Arts Centre, as well as working in schools and various outreach projects. Her work focuses on devised theatre, both in her work with young people and through her own performance career with her theatre company Spilt Milk. Catherine is very passionate about her facilitating role and aims to bring out creative potential in all the young people she works with, allowing them to find their own creative voice through making and performing.
As well as assisting with our 14-18s youth theatre (Tuesday group), Catherine is directing our 8-10s youth theatre and leads workshops in primary schools for the company’s after school drama outreach programme.

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