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Summer Holiday Projects 2024 for 8-10s, 11-14s & 14-18s

It’s time for our Holiday Projects again! Specialising in what Strange Town does best, these camps allow you the opportunity to bring your own ideas to life in the form of your own short play.

This July, create your own play from scratch and perform it to your friends & family in just five days!

This year’s Summer Holiday Projects are for 8-10s, 11-14s and 14-18s respectively.

8-10s
Monday 1st – Friday 5th July
9am-4pm
Out of the Blue Drill Hall

11-14s (SOLD OUT)
Monday 8th – Friday 12th July
9am-4pm
Out of the Blue Drill Hall

14-18s
Monday 15th – Friday 19th July
10am-5pm
Out of the Blue Drill Hall

HOW TO SIGN-UP
Current members, please head to your membership page and simply add the relevant Summer Holiday Project to your current membership.

If you are not currently a member of Strange Town, you are still welcome! Please contact our Youth Theatre Manager James at james@strangetown.org.uk to receive a sign-up link.

Details

Age group: 8-10s, 11-14s and 14-18s
Dates: July 2024: Mon 1st - Fri 5th (8-10s); Mon 8th - Fri 12th (11-14s); Mon 15th - Fri 19th (14-18s)
Venue: Out of the Blue Drill Hall
Prices:

£155 but discounted and free places are available

What to Bring:

A bottle of water and please wear comfortable clothing.

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.

Catherine Ward-Stoddart

Director: Tuesday 14-18s & Friday 8-10s

Catherine is a freelance facilitator and theatre maker from Glasgow. She graduated in 2014 with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Screen Acting from University of the West of Scotland. Since graduating she has worked extensively across the central belt of Scotland including at the Tron Theatre and Macrobert Arts Centre, as well as working in schools and various outreach projects. Her work focuses on devised theatre, both in her work with young people and through her own performance career with her theatre company Spilt Milk. Catherine is very passionate about her facilitating role and aims to bring out creative potential in all the young people she works with, allowing them to find their own creative voice through making and performing.

Rebecca Forsyth

Assistant - Monday 8-18s

Rebecca is a graduate of Edinburgh Napier University where she studied Acting and English Literature. She since joined Strange Town youth agency and has toured extensively around Scotland with performances for high schools, in the premiere of STORM LANTERN in 2022, and BALISONG (Strange Town in partnership with Fast Forward productions).

She has also toured the UK with various shows including ANTIGONE NA hEIREANN (Aulos Productions) and THE SHAKESPEARES; SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE (Storyboard Theatre), which was also taken to high school pupils.

She has enjoyed working with young people in various theatrical settings: post-show discussions/workshops, script development and short film work for BFI/Screen Education Edinburgh. She has a great passion for music in performance and has assisted in teaching songs in a children’s theatre group.

She cares about allowing young people to create and play in a way that lets them learn and express themselves, and she enjoys learning just as much from them.

Charlie Houston

Workshop Leader: Friday 5-7s & Assistant Director: Thursday 14-18s

Charlie has been working in Youth Theatre since 2016 and joined Strange Town in 2019 as part of the After School Drama program.

Charlie graduated from Edinburgh College with a HND in Acting and Performance in Summer 2021. They have performed all over Scotland with many theatre groups and they have also directed several times as well.  They love their work with StrangeTown and enjoy working with all the young people to make art that the young people can be proud of.

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