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Scottish Borders Playwriting Programme

Year One

In 2017, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland launched a workshop programme for playwrights in the Scottish Borders. The aim of the programme is to provide a forum for writers to learn, grow and develop their work in the region, actively supported by Playwrights' Studio and Scotland's wider playwriting community.

Led by Hawick-born playwright Jules Horne, the monthly workshops form a practical toolkit covering topics such as conflict, status, secrets, objects, dramatic irony, reversals, rhythm, character arcs, and other vital cornerstones of the dramatist's craft.

July 2017

Induction

Monday 3 July, the Scottish Borders Playwriting group met for their first session with Jules Horne. Fiona Sturgeon Shea, Creative Director and Rona Munro, Chair of Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, were also in attendance.

Images: Alwyn Johnston

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August 2017

Edinburgh Festival

On Tuesday 22 August, the group travelled to Edinburgh, where they took part in a Finding Inspiration  workshop led by Associate Playwright Lynda Radley. Later in the afternoon, they joined the annual celebration of the playwrights at the Edinburgh Festival. In the evening the group met with playwright Frances Poet before attending a performance of her Fringe First award-winning play Adam.

Images: Hayley Sinclair

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January 2018

TalkFest in the Borders

TalkFest in the Borders was a mini-festival in Galashiels from Thursday 25 - Saturday 27 January 2018. A packed programme of readings by Borders playwrights and practical workshops for aspiring writers meant there was something for everyone. 

Images: Alwyn Johnston

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As part of the event, the each member of the group received a readthrough and script feedback from a professional director and actors, followed by a rehearsed reading of an extract of their script on the opening night of the festival.

March 2018

Script Feedback Sessions

In March 2018, the group received individual one to one script feedback sessions with Gowan Calder and James Ley on how to take their scripts forward to the next stage. 

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