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SUMMER 2021: 8-10s (Previous Project)

Sorry, but this event is no longer running.

Our summer projects will be focused on general drama skills & activities and they will take place at Out of the Blue 9am-4pm each day-

8-10s Mon 28th June- Fri 2nd July

11-14s Mon 5th- Fri 9th July (click here for more)

As the future changes to government guidance are unknown, we plan to send an update to everyone who has booked a place nearer the time to confirm the exact protocols that will be in place. We aim to run these projects as safely as possible while still making them a fun opportunity to build drama skills and meet new people!

The cost is £155 per week, bursaries offering discounted and free places are available.

To book a place please email admin@strangetown.org.uk.



Staff Members

Ellen Shand

Director (Friday 11-14s) / Workshop Leader (5-7s)

Ellen is a freelancer who has been working with Strange Town since 2015. Since then she has directed several plays for the Friday 11-14’s Youth Theatre, delivered After School Drama workshops, led holiday projects and even choreographed a flashmob! Her most recent work as an ASPIRE Drama Artist with Dundee Rep Theatre and Dundee City Council involved delivering drama workshops for Nursery to P7. Ellen is also a singer and actress, playing regular gigs and performing in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; including Strange Town’s production, A Field of Our Own.

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.