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NTS Exchange
16-25s: Mondays (Previous Project)

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This is a Strange Town special project.  The National Theatre of Scotland’s vibrant Exchange programme brings together groups of young theatre-makers (aged 16 to 25 years old) from across Scotland and beyond, to create and perform new and exciting pieces of theatre with the help and support of a professional creative team.

Strange Town’s Exchange group of 13 young actors are currently devising a new play Only the Brave, that will be performed as part of the Exchange Festival at Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling, in July this year and before then at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh.


Age group: 16-25
Dates: Mon 6-8pm 23rd Nov - 27th June
Venue: Pilmeny Centre, 44 Buchanan St, Edinburgh EH6 8RF (rehearsals only)



£250 to be paid in instalments NB bursaries giving discounts are available

What to Bring:

Loose, comfortable clothes and a bottle of water


Mon 27th June 7.30pm: Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Mon 4th – Sun 10th July (exact date tbc): Exchange Festival, Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

Staff Members

Debs Hahn: Director

Debs is a Leith-based freelance director and youth theatre practitioner. As well as Strange Town, she has worked with the Lyceum Youth Theatre and Eco Drama. Debs studied Theatre at the University of Glasgow and Freie Universitaet Berlin, and is currently studying for an MSc in Community Education.  She currently leads Strange Town’s 14-16s youth theatre and also Strange Town’s 16-25s group that is taking a devised performance to the National Theatre of Scotland Exchange festival.

Steph Smart: Director

Steph is an Acting and English graduate from Edinburgh Napier university. She has experience in a variety of acting styles and techniques, having performed in projects for both stage and screen. Her passions lie in directing and producing for both film and theatre, with several short films in post-production and a five star fringe show under her belt. She is in the process of setting up her own production company.  She is currently directing Strange Town’s 14-18s youth theatre (Thursday group), and has also led workshops at Newcraighall and Wardie primary schools as part of the company’s after school drama outreach programme.

What People Say

"Absolutely love it! I have not only picked up a variety of skills but I have also made some new friends along the way."

Exchange project participant

"Being part of a group of people who are passionate and creative is really encouraging. Knowing that there are other groups who are making interesting things too is exciting."

Exchange project participant

"I am exploring styles of drama I never have before and every week I am getting to try something new."

Exchange project participant