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Pilmeny Centre
8-18s: Mondays

To celebrate Strange Town youth theatre turning 10 this year we have invited members of the youth theatre age 8-18 to join an all ages group that will perform a Strange Town classic: Love Bites by Sam Siggs at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in December 2018. From January the group will go on to rehearse and then perform Stolen Futures by James Beagon at the Traverse Theatre in June 2019.


Age group: 8-18
Dates: Mondays 6-8pm: 7th January - 1st April and 22nd April - 17th June 2019
Venue: Pilmeny Centre, 44 Buchanan St, Edinburgh EH6 8RF



£100 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 perform Love Bites at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on 5th & 9th December 2018 as part of a special double bill, tickets available here.

They will also perform at the Traverse Theatre in June 2019, check back nearer the time for tickets.

Staff Members

Ruth Hollyman: Creative Director

Ruth is an Edinburgh based director, arts manager and writer who has been working with young people in a theatre setting for 25 years, primarily in Scotland. She co-founded Strange Town and manages it with Steve Small and also runs the Strange Town Young Actors’ agency.  She worked in the marketing department at Edinburgh Festival Theatre in 1995, where she established the theatre’s education programme. From 1996-2000 she lived in Tokyo, setting up a children’s theatre company and working in television and the voiceover industry.  As a freelancer she has previously worked with Lyceum Youth Theatre, macRobert, North Edinburgh Arts Centre, Scottish Youth Theatre, Perth Theatre, Stirling Youth Theatre, Borderline Youth Theatre, and Dundee Rep.

Bradley Cannon: Assistant Director

Bradley graduated in a BA(Hons) Drama and Performance from the University of Highlands and Islands in 2016, specialising in gender and sexuality on the stage. Bradley was one of the original members of Strangetown when it began back in 2008 and spent four years with Strangetown before going on to university in Glasgow.

Bradley has performed in various theatres across Scotland since then including The Lyceum, The Traverse, Platform Glasgow, East Kilbride Village theatre and Eden court. Other work includes being a performer in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth games in Glasgow in 2014  and making a documentary for the BBC (Edinburgh Stories 2012).

Bradley returned to Strange Town in 2017 as a volunteer and assisted on 2 14-18s shows that year – Friday, October 13th (Leith Theatre) and Darkness or Else the Light (Traverse Theatre). He is now leading after school drama as well as assisting with the youth theatre.

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