TalkFest 2019 Discussions

Playwrights' Studio, Scotland returns to the Traverse Theatre in August with TalkFest 2019. A fixture at the Traverse since 2011, Talkfest is an opportunity for you to meet with and discuss the work of artists behind the wider Festival programme, as well as an opportunity to network with your peers and share practice. Each lively session is chaired by a leading playwright or theatre-maker. You are cordially invited to join the conversation.

Monday 12 August


Ways and Means: theatre in 2019 and Beyond

3 - 4.30pm 
Traverse 2 
TalkFest in Discussion
Chaired by
 Douglas Maxwell  and Jenny Lindsay

What happens when we pair up two theatre artists from different backgrounds to co-host a panel discussion about what makes great theatre and performance in 2019? Join the conversation with Douglas Maxwell (Decky Does a Bronco, Charlie Sonata, The Whip Hand) and Jenny Lindsay (Flint and Pitch, This Script)

Panel includes: Harry Josephine Giles (Drone),
Alan Harris (For All I Care), Tomson Highway (Songs in the Key of Cree), Hannah Lavery (Call and Response: Lament for Sheku Bayoh), Dael Orlandersmith (Until the Flood).  

Part of A Year of Conversation 2019.

Saturday 17 August

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The Business of Playwriting

2.30 -4.30pm
Fringe Central @ Appleton Tower
Chaired by  Emma McKee

Curious about how to make the leap into the professional realm? Join a panel of professional practitioners to discuss making a career as a playwright - from working with an agent, to negotiating contracts, and getting your work published. Part of A Year of Conversation 2019.

Please note: This is the only TalkFest discussion at Fringe Central @ Appleton Tower

Panel includes: Shilpa T-Hyland (Artistic Director, Modest Predicament), John McCann (playwright and co-chair of the Scottish Society of Playwrights), Michelle Rolfe (Producer, Birds of Paradise) George Spender (Publisher)

Monday 19 August


Anatomy of a Play: How Not to Drown

11am - 1pm
Traverse 2
TalkFest in Conversation
Facilitated by
 Professor Sharon Cowan

Over the last three years, playwright Nicola McCartney and actor Dritan Kastrati have worked together to tell Dritan's story of two epic journeys of survival, set against the backdrop of the Balkan Wars and the British Care system.

Nicola and Dritan join Professor Sharon Cowan of the University of Edinburgh to dissect the process of writing this astonishing biographical play How Not to Drown. From the initial impetus to the final stages of its development and production, they discuss the biggest challenges in translating real life dramatic events to the stage.

Part of A Year of Conversation 2019.


Traverse Theatre
10 Cambridge Street,Edinburgh, EH1 2ED
Box Office:
0131 228 1404
Fringe Central
Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE Box Office:
0131 226 0000



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