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8-18s: Mondays Invitational Group

Upcoming performance: Beneath the Surface by James Beagon

Dates: Friday 10th & Saturday 11th June, 8.30pm

Venue: Traverse Theatre

Tickets available soon.

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 already established in our youth theatre to join us in this group.

Photos by Ivon Bartholomew and Andy Catlin.



Age group: 8-18
Dates: Mondays 6-8pm: 10th January - 4th April 2022
Venue: Face-to-Face sessions at Pilmeny Youth Centre, 44 Buchanan St- some sessions may be online using Zoom if needed

£107 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

Director (Monday 8-18s & Wednesday 11-14s) / Youth Theatre Manager

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 a number of Strange Town productions including Stolen Futures (Traverse Theatre, June 2019), Heart of the Storm and Something Special (Scottish Storytelling Centre, Dec 2021) both of which he also directed. 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.

Bradley Cannon

Director (Thursday 12-16s); Assistant Director (Monday 8-18s & Friday 11-14s)

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.

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