Meet more of the Team
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 with 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 Strange Town when it began back in 2008 and spent four years with the youth theatre 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 two 14-18s shows that year – Friday, October 13th (Leith Theatre) and The Darkness or Else the Light (Traverse Theatre). He is now leading after school drama as well as assisting with the youth theatre.
James Beagon: Director
James is a director and playwright based in Edinburgh.
Since 2014, he has been producing plays with his own Edinburgh company Aulos Productions, including the award-winning productions First Class (2014) and Gobland for the Goblins! (2017)
As well as working with Strange Town, he is currently working as a Youth Theatre tutor with East Lothian Youth Theatre. He has also worked for groups including Passion4Fusion and Bedlam Youth Project, and has operated as the Children’s Shows editor at Broadway Baby for the past four Edinburgh Fringes.
He was very active in student theatre whilst studying an undergraduate degree Ancient & Medieval History at Edinburgh University. For his efforts, he was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Edinburgh University Theatre Company prior to graduating in 2014.
He is currently undertaking a postgraduate MFA in Directing at Edinburgh Napier University.
Drew Taylor-Wilson: Director
Drew Taylor is an award winning theatre director, playwright and Arts in Education specialist based in Glasgow. A multidisciplinary artist with over 10 years in the industry; Drew’s practice centres on the facilitation of seldom seen stories, multi-art-form presentation and creating theatre as an accessible, stimulating space for all audiences and participants.
Jennifer Adam: Writer
Nikki Kalkman: Assistant Director
Nikki is an independent theatre director and youth practitioner. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama) she has worked extensively in both the Australian and UK theatre Sectors. She creates dramaturgically strong, visual, experiential theatre within the disciplines of puppetry, physical and immersive theatre. She was commissioned by Puppet Animation Scotland to develop a performance based on the life of Dorothea Jordan, that was presented at Festival Mondial Des Theatres De Marionnettes 2015 in France. She also works extensively as a workshop assistant and chaperone with the Macrobert Arts Centre youth theatre. As well as assisting with our 14-18s (Thursday) youth theatre, Nikki leads specialist workshops in puppetry.
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