Festival 2017 - Didn't We Have Fun!


 A list of all Playwrights' Studio, Scotland's activities at the Edinburgh Festival:

Throughout Festival     Bookshop & Information Point
Every year our bookshop stocks an extensive collection of plays by Scotland's playwrights for sale and Playwrights' Studio staff were on hand to answer queries.
Sun 6 Aug The Business of Playwriting
A panel of professional practitioners discussed making a career as a playwright in Scotland. The focus was on building relationships with theatres. Andy Arnold (Tron Theatre),  Nan Barnett (National New Play Network, Washington), Gez Casey (Live Theatre), Rosie Kellagher (National Theatre of Scotland), Muireann Kelly (Theatre Gu Leòr), Dougie Irvine (Visible Fictions) and Lu Kemp (Perth Theatre).
Mon 7 Aug The Writer's Director   Discussion chaired by Rona Munro
Leading directors Philip Howard (director), Stellar Quines Artistic Director Jemima Levick (The Last Queen of Scotland), Traverse Artistic Director Orla O'Loughlin (Meet Me at Dawn), Caitlin Skinner, Artistic Director of Village Pub Theatre (Woke) and Associate Director at Birmingham Rep Tessa Walker (The Whip Hand), who are known for their work specialising in contemporary playwriting or in revitalising classics, discussed their careers and their productions at Edinburgh Festival 2017. 


It's a Playwright's Life   Discussion chaired by Philip Howard
Brad Birch (Black Mountain), Elinor Cook (Out of Love), Chris Dolan (The Cause of Thunder), Rona Munro (Chair, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland), Frances Poet (Adam) discussed what (or who) have been their main influences and what they feel the future holds for playwriting. 
Mon 7 & 14  Aug Pre-View  Readings of work by students from MSc in Playwriting
Readings from five new plays from writers graduating from the MSc in Playwriting at the University of Edinburgh. Extracts from the plays were performed as script-in-hand readings by professional actors.
Thurs 10 Aug
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I Second that Emotion  Workshop led by Martin O'Connor
Our first TalkFest17 workshop was led by playwright Martin O'Connor, where participants looked at the crossover between music and storytelling, exploring the process behind his and Michael John McCarthy's unique theatre project Turntable, which aims to combat loneliness and isolation.
Fri 11 Aug Speaking Out   Workshop led by Susan Worsfold
Susan Worsfold, Director (The Last Post Eve) and specialist in the Nadine George Voice Work technique, explored creative approaches to developing the writer's voice and how this approach can be applied to their own work and practice.
Sun 13 Aug The Local, The Global and The Universal   Workshop led by Adam McNamara and Joe Douglas
Writer Adam McNamara and director Joe Douglas (Stand By) delivered a practical workshop on writing and directing a new play rooted in lived experience, but still hugely imaginative
Mon 14 Aug Pop Goes the Theatre!  Discussion chaired by Nicola McCartney
Where do pop and theatre meet? Has the connection evolved from the phenomenon of the jukebox musical into a different, more experimental form? Does pop make theatre more accessible - or does it trivialise?  Neil Cooper (arts journalist), Julia Croft (Power Ballad), Clare Marcie (What Would Kanye Do?) Gareth Nicholls (Letters to Morrissey) discussed how popular music has influenced them and theatre-making in general.
Photo Gallery Staging a Revolution   Discussion chaired by Adura Onashile
Apphia Campbell (Woke), Annie George (Home is Not the Place), Jaimini Jethwa (The Last Queen of Scotland) and Selina Thompson (Salt) discussed how they approach the dramatisation of political themes and historical events and how do they balance the political message with the creation of an absorbing theatrical experience.
Fri 18 Aug
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The Performer Playwright   Workshop led by Pauline Goldsmith
In our final workshop, Pauline Goldsmith explored the concept of death as an inspiration for theatre, focussed on her award-winning piece, Bright Colours Only. Participants considered their own stories and how they might bring it to a stage.
Sat 19 Aug Script Sugeries
Gowan Calder and Stephen Greenhorn led one-to-one script surgeries for Fringe participants and/or Scotland-based playwrights.
Mon 21 Aug
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James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2017: The Award Ceremony
The James Tait Black Prize for Drama celebrates ground-breaking drama produced worldwide in the last year. The £10,000 prize is awarded to the play that most clearly demonstrates an original voice and makes a significant contribution to the artform.

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