Since 2014, he has been producing plays with his own Edinburgh company Aulos Productions, including the award-winning productions First Class (2014) and Gobland for the Goblins! (2017)
Meet more of the Team
Becky Hope-Palmer: Director
Becky Hope-Palmer trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During this time she worked on projects with Shakespeare’s Globe, Oran Mor, The Arches and for London-based company, Action to the Word. She has since worked as a freelance director with companies such as Vanishing Point, A Play, a Pie, a Pint, predominantly with the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh and in various ways with Playwrights Studio Scotland. Last year, along with Phillip Breen she directed the York Mystery Plays in York Minster with a cast of nearly 200 volunteers and has recently finished working with the Royal Shakespeare Company in association with Hull Truck on a new Richard Bean play for Hull City of Culture 2017. She is also directing a new musical for East Riding Theatre called It’s Different for Girls with She Productions.
Becky founded Edinburgh-based company Thrive Theatre in 2012 with the artistic vision of creating an outlet for playwrights to create new, exciting work in and around the city. She directed the company’s debut play Riot Squat by Alan Gordon in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012 and Alan’s play Buffer in 2014. Becky is currently developing a new play with Thrive called The Jam Diaries by Gemma Stroyan.
Jim Alan: Assistant Director
Jim is an Acting and Performance graduate from Performing Arts
Studio Scotland (PASS), based at Edinburgh College, with a wide range of acting
experience ranging from Classical Greek, to Shakespeare, to
contemporary Scottish and British Theatre. Jim has a technical and
practical knowledge of directing and assistant directing having worked
on a final year production of “Attempts on her Life” by Martin Crimp
whilst at PASS, and having devised several original productions as an
actor, director and writer. As a practitioner, Jim is extremely
interested in physical theatre and movement to see what can be said by
actors when words are taken away. As well as working as an assistant
director with the Thursday 14-18s, Jim also works as a workshop
assistant in a variety of primary schools around Edinburgh.
Shona Mackay: Director
Having been a youth theatre member herself at Lyceum Youth Theatre, Shona went on to assist youth theatre directors there and to lead groups for Strange Town, facilitating youth theatre and outreach workshops, as well as school holiday projects for the company. In addition to this, Shona also spent time in the role of Administrator for Strange Town, prior to taking a career break while she enjoys the adventures of motherhood. Shona is thrilled to be stepping back into her Strange Town freelancer shoes and is looking forward to getting creative with the 8-10s youth theatre.
Fin Ross Russell: Assistant Director
Fin Ross Russell is a theatre-maker and facilitator who alongside his role at Strange Town runs his own emerging arts company ‘Island Life Productions’. He is a recent graduate having completed his BA in Drama, Applied Theatre & Education from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in 2018 and has worked at SPID Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre before his recent return to Edinburgh where he now also facilitates for Edinburgh City Council, Lyceum Youth Theatre and Edinburgh Youth Theatre. Fin was additionally a former Strange Town youth theatre member himself having been part of the 2013 show Let Sleeping Beauties Lie and 2014 show Trash Palace.
Ryan Alexander Dewar: Screen Director
As a director or producer, Ryan has worked for Red Bull, STV, BBC, World Travel and on two feature films, winning multiple international awards for ‘Time Teens: The Beginning’ for best film and best director. He has his own production company Dreamcastle Films www.dreamcastle-films.com
Other credits include media work for the official ‘Wicked’ & ‘Kinky Boots’ UK tours, ‘The Steamie’ and John Byrne’s ‘Cuttin’ a Rug’. He also directed short Films ‘Big Red’ & ‘The Wrong Guy’ with Andy Gray and Elaine C Smith and latterly worked with BBC’s ‘River City’. Ryan is a frequent collaborator as a director with Gilded Balloon at Edinburgh Fringe and Scottish tours.
In theatre, directed ‘Neither God nor Angel’ by Tim Barrow, Grant Stott in ‘Tales From Behind the Mic’, ‘Confessional’ by David Weir starring Jonathan Watson, ‘Double Feature’ by Philip Differ, starring Edinburgh King’s comedy favourites Andy Gray and Grant Stott and sell out musical ‘A Bottle of Wine & Patsy Cline’ by Morag Fullarton.
He has taught acting for camera at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland and for UNSUB actors and frequently collaborates with Shooters films and Spiritaid on social and documentary films.
Ryan is currently developing two new features and a TV movie.
Bradley Cannon: Assistant Director
Bradley graduated with a BA (Hons) Drama and Performance from the University of Highlands and Islands in 2016, specialising in gender and sexuality on the stage. Bradley was one of the original members of Strange Town when it began back in 2008 and spent four years with the youth theatre before going on to university in Glasgow.
Bradley has performed in various theatres across Scotland since then including The Lyceum, The Traverse, Platform Glasgow, East Kilbride Village Theatre and Eden Court. Other work includes being a performer in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth games in Glasgow in 2014 and making a documentary for the BBC (Edinburgh Stories 2012).
Bradley returned to Strange Town in 2017 as a volunteer and assisted on two 14-18s shows that year – Friday, October 13th (Leith Theatre) and The Darkness or Else the Light (Traverse Theatre). He is now leading after school drama as well as assisting with the youth theatre.
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