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All ages: Mondays

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

Photos by Ivon Bartholomew and Andy Catlin.



Age group: 8-18
Dates: Mondays 6-8pm: 6th September - 29th November 2021
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

James is a director, playwright and tutor based in Edinburgh. He has been working with Strange Town since 2015 and currently leads the Wednesday 11-14s group, as well as several afterschool drama classes. In June 2019, his play Stolen Futures was presented at the Traverse by the Strange Town 8-18s. He also teaches and directs with East Lothian Youth Theatre and Acting Out Drama School. With his own company Aulos Productions, he has been producing award-winning work for both adults and children since 2014, including the award-winning children’s show Gobland for the Goblins! (Edinburgh Fringe 2017). In March 2019, Aulos did a small UK tour with two of his critically-acclaimed shows: Women of the Mourning Fields and Antigone na hEireann. As part of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland’s Directors’ Development Programme, he directed a devised piece of musical storytelling titled Juliet and Juliet with members from both East Lothian Youth Theatre and Strange Town. This was performed at the Traverse in November 2019. He holds a postgraduate MFA in Directing from Edinburgh Napier and is an honorary life member of the Edinburgh University Theatre Company from his time there as an undergraduate.

Bradley Cannon: Assistant Director

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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