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TOURING: Balisong (Previous Project)

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Balisong by Jennifer Adam is a co-production between Strange Town and Fast Forward, funded by No Knives Better Lives. It toured to 58 schools in the autumn of 2017 and was seen by 12,200 people.

Balisong charts the journey of four friends through the final weeks of school. They’re facing a dilemma. What should they do now that one of their friends is carrying a knife?


From September 2018 to February 2019 the play will visit secondary schools in every local authority across Scotland and will be seen by more than 25,000 pupils.

The show also appeared as part of a special double bill to celebrate Strange Town’s 10th anniversary.

Balisong has been produced in partnership with No Knives Better Lives and Fast Forward.

Photos by Andy Catlin 


Age group: Aimed at Secondary pupils
Dates: Balisong is touring from Sep 2018 to February 2019

Staff Members

Steve Small

Creative Director

Steve has worked with young people in theatre for 25 years. He was Associate Director for Scottish Youth Theatre, Head of Education at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh where he created the Education Department and founded the award winning Lyceum Youth Theatre and was Associate Director, Education & Community, at Dundee Rep.  Since founding Strange Town he has directed numerous plays including Teach Me which was shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Club Edinburgh Guide Scottish Theatre Award in 2012.  Other work includes; The National Theatre of Scotland, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Edinburgh College, Queen Margaret University College, Moray House, BBC Scotland, Aberdeen Council and he has led workshops in Norway and Japan.

Jennifer Adam: Writer

Jennifer is an award winning Scottish Playwright from Kinross and currently living in Edinburgh. Her play Walk a Mile was one of five plays that won the Scottish Short Play Award in 2017.
Jennifer wrote two plays for the Edinburgh Just Festival as part of the Edinburgh Fringe with Black Dingo Productions, one of which, Warrior, went on to tour in two separate school runs funded by Nil by Mouth and Sense over Sectarianism. Warrior also received a run at the Citizen’s Theatre in Glasgow.
Jennifer has written a number of short plays, working with Braw Fox Theatre Company, Village Pub Theatre, In Motion Theatre Company, the Tron Theatre, Discover 21 Theatre and she has also written a short radio play, Looped, for BBC Radio Drama.
She is a member of the Tron Theatre’s Maker Initiative and was one of the Playwrights’ Studio’s mentored playwrights in 2017. She is also one of the founding members of the playwright-led scratch theatre company the Tandem Writing Collective.