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Summer Holiday Project 2023
8-10s (Previous Project)

Sorry, but this event is no longer running.

Our 8-10s Summer Holiday Project for 2023 is now open for booking!

It’s your chance to create your own play from scratch in just 5 days with the help of our group leaders.

Then, you’ll get to perform it at the end of the week!

Are you up for the challenge?

8-10s Holiday Project
Mon 3rd July – Fri 7th July 2023

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

The cost is £155 per 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 11-14s and 14-18s this July.


Age group: 8-10s
Dates: Monday 3rd - Friday 7th July
Venue: Out of the Blue Drill Hall

£155 (Discounted and free places 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 7th July at approximately 3pm 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.

Debi Pirie

Assistant Director: Monday 8-18s

Debi is a queer, disabled identifying actor, director and theatre-maker from rural Aberdeenshire with a keen interest in imaginative new writing. Based in Leith, they are one half of arts collective Theatre Fakers – a space seeking to address imposter syndrome within the industry. In 2021 Debi gained 5 star reviews and a sold out venue for their MFA Directorial showcase at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. As well as theatre, Debi has a love of art, illustration, comedy and Scots folk music.