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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: Traverse Theatre

Dates: Monday 11th September – 11th December (Half-term 16th Oct, no session) working towards a performance in June 2024

Class Times: 6-8pm (2 hours)

Term Fee: £110

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 11th September - 11th December (Half-term 16th Oct, no session) 
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.

Debi Pirie

Assistant Director: Monday 8-18s

Debi is a queer, disabled identifying actor, director and theatre-maker from rural Aberdeenshire with a keen interest in imaginative new writing. Based in Leith, they are one half of arts collective Theatre Fakers – a space seeking to address imposter syndrome within the industry. In 2021 Debi gained 5 star reviews and a sold out venue for their MFA Directorial showcase at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. As well as theatre, Debi has a love of art, illustration, comedy and Scots folk music.

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