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Summer Holiday Project 2023
14-18s (Previous Project)

Sorry, but this event is no longer running.

Our 14-18s Summer Holiday Project for 2023 is now open for booking!

Create your own play from scratch in just 5 days alongside a professional playwright and director with a view to a script-in-hand  performance at the end of the week.

Are you up for the challenge?

14-18s Holiday Project
Mon 17th July – Fri 21st July 2023

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

The cost is £155 for the week, but discounted and free places are available via our access fund.

To book a place, please sign-up here.

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

We are also running Holiday Projects for 8-10s and 11-14s this July.


Age group: 14-18s
Dates: Monday 17th - Friday 21st July, 10am-5pm
Venue: Out of the Blue Drill Hall

£155 (Discounted and free places are available)

What to Bring:

A bottle of water
Packed lunch (or money to buy lunch)
Comfortable clothes


There will be a performance sharing on Friday 21st July at approximately 4pm for parents and relatives.

Staff Members

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.

Daniel Orejon

Workshop Leader: Friday 12-18s Film

Daniel Orejon is a theatremaker and performer. He has been commissioned by the Edinburgh Multilingual Stories Festival and collaborated with Scottish Youth Theatre and the Edinburgh International Science Festival. He is the artistic director of the Crested Fools, with whom he has created ‘Becquer’s Legends’ and his first solo show ‘The Rotting Hart’. He specialises in projects that focus on multiculturalism, queerness and mental health, with a special fondness for all things Hispanic.