Strange Town young company exists to give young emerging actors the opportunity to learn their craft through hands on training. Working in partnership with other organisations Strange Town has developed a repertoire of issue-based plays for young audiences (TYA – theatre for young audiences) that have been performed in prisons, theatres, a football stadium and schools across Scotland! All these shows were directed by Steve Small apart from Flutter which was co-directed by Kai Peacock and Steve Small. Dr Korczak’s Example was directed by Steve Small and Kai Peacock was the assistant director.
BALISONG by Jen Adam
2019 began with Balisong by Jen Adam going back out on tour after a break over Christmas. This play highlights the dangers of carrying a knife and asks the audience to think about their own responsibility if they know someone is carrying a knife. It toured Scottish secondary schools tour until Feb ’19. Balisong was then revived for a third tour of Scottish secondary schools from September –November.
After three schools tours (2017–19) Balisong has toured to every local authority in Scotland and has been seen by an audience of over 44,000 young people.
Balisong was produced by Kai Peacock and funded by No Knives Better Lives in partnership with Fast Forward.
FLUTTER by Duncan Kidd
Flutter examines the growing problem of youth gambling. Toured March –May 2019. Look out for a new version of Flutter (now called Trust Me) touring secondary schools from January – April 2020.
Funded by Gambling Aware and produced by Fast Forward.
WASTED by Duncan Kidd
Raising the dangers of alcohol and the issues of peer pressure this play toured secondary schools from May – June.
Funded by Scottish Whisky Action Fund and produced in partnership with Fast Forward.
BEING A DAD by Duncan Kidd
Performed at the first Edinburgh Thrive Conference in November. Originally commissioned by Fathers Network Scotland for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016 this short play about a young father in the early stages of the criminal justice system has now been performed in prisons, theatres and conferences. Funded by A Sense of Belonging Arts Programme
DR KORCZAK’S EXAMPLE by David Greig
Performed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre at Edinburgh Festival Fringe followed by 17 performances in Secondary Schools in Edinburgh, East Lothian and Fife.
Funded by A Sense of Belonging Arts Programme.
Main image from Dr Korczak’s Example tour, photo by Andy Catlin