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TalkFest at the Tron - Readings

TalkFest at the Tron was a mini-festival celebrating the work of Scotland's playwrights. Packed with new playwriting - rehearsed readings, discussions, workshops, script surgeries and networking opportunities.

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Rosanna Hall James Ley Ellie Stewart


Love Song

to Lavender



by Rosanna Hall

Directed by
Amanda Gaughan

by James Ley

Directed by
Ros Philips 

by Ellie Stewart

Directed by
Caitlin Skinner

Tues 19 April, 7.30pm
Main House, £3

A rehearsed reading of a brand new play with Esme Bayley-Knaggs, Stephen McCole, Maryam Hamidi, Paul Thomas Hickey and Lesley Hart.

Scott has returned from war. Scott cannot return from war. He repeats the impossible steps back home. What has he got to show for it?  Just the shape of his body as it falls through the glass of Waverley Train Station? Justice is coming for a man who gave his life for your values. Someone who has been small for too long is about to stand up and be counted.

Rosanna Hall was a recipient of one of Playwrights' Studio, Scotland's New Playwrights Awards in 2015.

Wed 20 April, 7.30pm
Main House, £3

A rehearsed reading of a brand new play with Matthew McVarish and Pierce Reid.

It's 1987 and Edinburgh's gay bookshop is celebrating its 5th birthday. Join the staff as they stage an unforgettable retrospective performance. Love Song to Lavender Menace explores the love and passion it takes to make something happen and the pain and grief that's caused when you have to let it go. 

James Ley is a playwright based in Edinburgh.

Thurs 21 April, 7.30pm
Main House, £3

A rehearsed reading of a brand new play with Jimmy Watson, Karen Fishwich, Mary Gapinski, Helen Mackay and Lewis Howden.

Hammy is home and navigating Redburn Gala Day. His daughter is an unlikely Gala Queen, his Dad is in cahoots with the fracking company, and his old flame wants to trim his nasal hair. Gala features sabotage, Snowballs, fireworks, a lopsided rabbit and a slosh.

Ellie Stewart is a playwright based in West Lothian.

Close Encounters Linda McLean Iain Heggie

Close Encounters

And The Future Will Take Care of Itself by Grace Knight

In the Event of Moone Disaster by Andrew Thompson

Every Five


Deck McGraw's

Last Words

Directed by
Peter Arnott

by Linda McLean

Directed by
Amanda Gaughan 

by Iain Heggie

Directed by
Ken Alexander 

Thurs 21 April, 8.30pm
Vic Bar, Free but ticketed

Readings of two brand new plays with Janette Foggo, Isobel McArthur, Hazel Ann Crawford and James Rottger.

Peter Arnott and a team of actors will encounter two new plays in a live experiment. During the day, the director and actors' immediate first response to the unseen texts as they unfold will be used to find each play's strengths and weaknesses. Both plays will be presented on the same night, bringing the audience into this close encounter with new writing.

Fri 22 April, 7.30pm
Main House, £3

A rehearsed reading of a brand new play with Kriss Dosanjh, Gabe Quigley, Paul Thomas Hickey, Maryam Hamidi, Tierney McCormick Nolen, Lewis Howden, Stephen McCole, Barbara Rafferty, Duncan Hart, William Foote, Olivia Stevenson, Esme Bayley-Knaggs, and Emily Strong.

A simple homecoming dinner spins out of control for Mo, who can see more than the people around him. Every Five Minutes explores the wild unbidden hinterland of trauma survived but not defeated. Can Mo's friends offer enough emotional ballast to restore him to himself?

Linda McLean is a playwright based in Glasgow.  Every Five Minutes was developed as part of a joint IASH/Traverse Theatre commission.

Sat 23 April, 7.30pm
Main House, £3*

A rehearsed reading of a brand new play with John Bett, Jimmy Chisholm,  Katherine Howden.

Lesley has recently lost her father, Deck when a stranger turns up. Or is he? Deck maintains his controlling ways by sending Lesley bossy messages from beyond the grave. Deck McGraw's Last Words is Iain Heggie's first full length two-hand comedy drama. It's dark and funny and continuously surprising.

Iain Heggie is a playwright based in Glasgow.

*included in TalkFest Ticket Deal

TalkFest at the Tron also included a series of workshops.

TalkFest Ticket Deal

Finding Inspiration with Lynda Radley
The Wonderful World of Playwriting with Anthony Neilson
12.15pm (ticket includes tea or coffee)
Show me the Funny with Johnny McKnight
Deck McGraw's Last Words by Iain Heggie

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