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Summer Drama Project 2022:

Our Summer Drama Project for 2022 is to create an entire play from scratch and perform it in just 5 days. Are you up for the challenge?

8-10s Mon 4th July – Fri 8th July 2022

All sessions will take place at Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Dalmeny Street.

The cost is £150 per week, but bursaries offering discounted and free places are available.

To book a place please sign-up here.

Alternatively, please email james@strangetown.org.uk for more information.


Age group: 8-10s
Dates: Monday 4th July - Friday 8th July, 9am-4pm
Venue: Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh EH6 8RG, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG

Staff Members

James Beagon

Director (Monday 8-18s & Wednesday 11-14s) / Youth Theatre Manager

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 a number of Strange Town productions including Stolen Futures (Traverse Theatre, June 2019), Heart of the Storm and Something Special (Scottish Storytelling Centre, Dec 2021) both of which he also directed. 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.

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.

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