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Theatre (Performance)
8-18s: Mondays (Invitational)

To celebrate Strange Town youth theatre turning 10 in 2018, we invited members of the youth theatre aged 8-18 to join an all ages group to work together year round.

Each year since, we have continued to invite members who are seeking a challenge and who have excelled in Strange Town performances with other groups to join the Monday group.

Are there currently spaces available? No. This group is an invitational group for current members of Strange Town in other groups. For more information on this, please contact james@strangetown.org.uk

Location: Broughton St Mary’s Church

Term 1:

Monday 8th January – 25th March 2024 (Half-term 12th Feb, no session)
Term 2:
Monday 15th April – 17th June 2024
Performance Dates:
Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd June

Class Times: 6.30-8.30pm (2 hours)

Term Fee: £115 per term

Free and discounted places are available. Please visit our Access Fund – Bursaries page for more information.

For more information, please contact james@strangetown.org.uk

Photos by Charlie Park-Long and Andy Catlin.



Age group: 8-18
Dates: 6-8pm: Monday 8th January - 25th March 2024 (Half-term 12th Feb, no session) & Monday 15th April - 17th June 2024
Venue: Various

£110 per term NB bursaries giving discounts and free places are available.

What to Bring:

Loose, comfortable clothes and a bottle of water

Staff Members

James Beagon

Youth Theatre Manager & Director: Monday 8-18s & Wednesday 11-14s

James is a director, playwright and creative learning facilitator who has lived and worked in Edinburgh for over a decade.

He has worked with Strange Town since 2015 and has written and directed a number of Strange Town productions including Stolen Futures (Traverse Theatre, June 2019) Beneath the Surface (Traverse Theatre, June 2022), Heart of the Storm & Something Special (Scottish Storytelling Centre, Dec 2021) and Over the Waves (Traverse Theatre, June 2023). In addition to his role as Youth Theatre Manager, he leads the Monday and Wednesday youth theatre groups.

Previous credits with his own group Aulos Productions include the award-winning Fringe productions First Class (2014) and Gobland for the Goblins (2017) and the award-nominated Women of the Mourning Fields (2015) and Antigone na hEireann (2018).

James has worked extensively as a freelance drama practitioner with companies including East Lothian Youth Theatre, Lyceum Youth Theatre, Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, Theatre Sans Accents and Acting Out Drama School.

He holds an MFA in Directing from Edinburgh Napier and an M.A. (Hons) in Ancient and Medieval History from Edinburgh University and has run workshops and guest-lectured at both institutions.

Rebecca Forsyth

Assistant - Monday 8-18s

Rebecca is a graduate of Edinburgh Napier University where she studied Acting and English Literature. She since joined Strange Town youth agency and has toured extensively around Scotland with performances for high schools, in the premiere of STORM LANTERN in 2022, and BALISONG (Strange Town in partnership with Fast Forward productions).

She has also toured the UK with various shows including ANTIGONE NA hEIREANN (Aulos Productions) and THE SHAKESPEARES; SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE (Storyboard Theatre), which was also taken to high school pupils.

She has enjoyed working with young people in various theatrical settings: post-show discussions/workshops, script development and short film work for BFI/Screen Education Edinburgh. She has a great passion for music in performance and has assisted in teaching songs in a children’s theatre group.

She cares about allowing young people to create and play in a way that lets them learn and express themselves, and she enjoys learning just as much from them.

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