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Summer 8-10s: Create a play in 5 days (Previous Project)

Sorry, but this event is no longer running.

Start on Monday with the spark of an idea and on Friday perform the play you will have created. Learn performance skills, develop characters and plot, and have a lot of fun!

To book email admin@strangetown.org.uk


Age group: 8-10s
Dates: Mon 1 - Fri 5 July 9am-4pm
Venue: Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh EH6 8RG

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£150 (discounted and free places available)

What to Bring:

Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water. Please also bring a packed lunch and snacks unless you would prefer to buy from the Out of the Blue cafe.


Friday 5th July at 3.30pm for invited friends and family.

Staff Members

Ellen Shand: Director

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: 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.