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TalkFest 2016 Discussions

Playwrights' Studio, Scotland explores what stimulates the artists behind the Made in Scotland showcase, the Traverse Theatre's own programme and the wider Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. Lively, engaging discussions, expertly led by Scotland's leading playwrights and theatre-makers.

Dear Audience, Let's Be Perfectly Queer

Chaired by Deb Jones and Kathy McKean

Monday 8 August, 2.30 - 4pm, Traverse 2

Is Queer theatre the only radical theatre left - or has it actually gone mainstream?  Does it already move beyond and outside the margins of work that represents gay or transgender identity?

Panel includes FK Alexander ((I Could Go On Singing and Over The Rainbow), Rachael Clerke (Cuncrete), Howard Coase (Callisto: A Queer Epic), James Ley (Love Song to Lavender Menace), Nic Green (Cock and Bull).

The End of the World as We Know It?

Chaired by Zinnie Harris

Monday 8 August, 5 - 6.30pm, Traverse 2

Many performances at this year's Festival imagine a dystopian future where the human race has plundered the earth for its own, short-term gain.  What is the impact on the stories artists tell now that fictional predictions have become everyday reality?

Panel includes Andy Cannon (Leaf by Niggle), Alexander Devriendt (​World Without Us), Chino Odimba (Amongst The Reeds), Sita Pieraccini (Bird), Julia Taudevin (Heads UpBlow Off).

The Business of Playwriting

Chaired by Fiona Sturgeon Shea

Saturday 13 August, 1 - 3pm,     

Join a panel of professional practitioners to discuss making a career as a playwright in Scotland - from working with an agent, to negotiating contracts and getting your work published.

Panel includes Matt Applewhite (Nick Hern Books), Anita Gallo (Writers' Guild of Great Britain), Emily Hickman (The Agency), Rosie Kellagher (Traverse Theatre), Katie Langridge (Knight Hall Agency), Martin O'Connor (SSP).

Please note: This is the only TalkFest discussion at Fringe Central @ Infirmary Street, Studio 2.

Do You Know Where You're Going To? International Theatre in the 21st Century

Chaired by David Greig

Monday 15 August, 2.30 - 4pm, Traverse 2

What does it mean to work internationally in the 21st Century?  Is cultural mobility harder as borders begin to close?  Or are new ways of working opening up a rich seam of artistic exchange?

Panel includes Natasha Gilmore (Whiteout), Martin Lyngbo (Mungo Park - Travels in the Interior of Africa), Arthur Meek (On the Conditions and Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me as her Young Lover), Sara Shaarawi (Lifted), 
Linda McLean (A View from Castle Rock)

Let's Work Together

Chaired by Lewis Hetherington

Monday 15 August, 5 - 6.30pm, Traverse 2

Theatre is a naturally collaborative art form.  Some artists take this further by pushing it to its limits or beginning their collaboration from unexpected starting points.  How are roles affected within a radically collaborative process - and how does this affect the experience for the audience?

Panel includes Janis Claxton (POP-UP DUETS (fragments of love)), Rebecca Durbin (PLAY), Matt Regan (Greater Belfast), Gary Gardiner (Dancer), Nir Paldi (Bucket List)





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