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Summer 8-10s: Create a play in 5 days

Come and take part in our holiday projects, learn a new skill and increase your self-confidence, while making friends at the same time.

Start on Monday with the spark of an idea and on Friday perform the play you will have created.  Work on performance skills, develop characters and plot, and have a lot of fun!


Age group: 8-10s
Dates: Mon 29th June – Fri 3rd July 9am-4pm
Venue: Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG

£150 (discounted & free places available)


Parents, carers, friends and family welcome to watch a short performance on Friday 3rd July at 3pm

Staff Members

Ellen Shand: Director

Ellen is a freelancer who has been working with Strange Town since 2015. Since then she has directed several plays for the Friday 11-14’s Youth Theatre, delivered After School Drama workshops, led holiday projects and even choreographed a flashmob! Her most recent work as an ASPIRE Drama Artist with Dundee Rep Theatre and Dundee City Council involved delivering drama workshops for Nursery to P7. Ellen is also a singer and actress, playing regular gigs and performing in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; including Strange Town’s production, A Field of Our Own.

James Beagon: Director

James is a director, playwright and tutor based in Edinburgh. He has been working with Strange Town since 2015 and currently leads the Wednesday 11-14s group, as well as several afterschool drama classes. In June 2019, his play Stolen Futures was presented at the Traverse by the Strange Town 8-18s. He also teaches and directs with East Lothian Youth Theatre and Acting Out Drama School. With his own company Aulos Productions, he has been producing award-winning work for both adults and children since 2014, including the award-winning children’s show Gobland for the Goblins! (Edinburgh Fringe 2017). In March 2019, Aulos did a small UK tour with two of his critically-acclaimed shows: Women of the Mourning Fields and Antigone na hEireann. As part of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland’s Directors’ Development Programme, he directed a devised piece of musical storytelling titled Juliet and Juliet with members from both East Lothian Youth Theatre and Strange Town. This was performed at the Traverse in November 2019. He holds a postgraduate MFA in Directing from Edinburgh Napier and is an honorary life member of the Edinburgh University Theatre Company from his time there as an undergraduate.

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