TalkFest Perth

TalkFest Perth was a mini festival which ran from Thursday 25 October - Saturday 27 October 2018. It was an exciting opportunity for participants to see new writing in progress, meet playwrights and even try writing for the first time themselves. With rehearsed readings, playwriting workshops, script surgeries and a mini-bookshop, there was something for everyone.

Thursday 25 October

Simon McCallum

A Single Good Hour

Studio Theatre
Rehearsed Reading

by Simon MacCallum

A fascinating opportunity to hear a new script in development by Dundee playwright Simon MacCallum (Shadow Boxing, Time Watching). Be among the first to hear this brand new play. Scenes will be directed by Cross Trust Young Director Award recipient Shilpa T-Hyland and performed script-in-hand by professional actors.

Friday 26 October

Lesley Wilson

Lips That Touch Liquor

Rehearsal Room
Open Rehearsal

by Lesley Wilson

Set in Scotland at the beginning of the 20th century, Lips That Touch Liquor is a tale of love, loss and sacrifice and tells the story of one woman's determination to improve the lot of her family and those around her. 

The script development and open rehearsal will be led by Peter Arnott with a company of professional actors. A limited number of tickets are available to attend an open rehearsal from 2-4pm.

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And Another Thing...In Her Own Words 2

Studio Theatre
Rehearsed Reading

by Lesley Wilson

'When an old person dies, a library burns to the ground.' African Proverb

And Another Thing…In Her Own Words 2 is the second in a series of verbatim theatre pieces developed from Rivendell Care home residents' stories by playwright, Lesley Wilson, who is the writer in residence at Rivendell and Associate Artist at Perth Theatre.

Saturday 27 October

Ben Tagoe

In Conversation

12 - 1.30pm
Studio Theatre
With Ben Tagoe

Join playwright and screenwriter Ben Tagoe (Coronation StreetLucky ManWhen We Were Brothers) as he discusses growing up creative in Perth, his recent work and career path with Perth Theatre Artistic Director Lu Kemp.

Nicola McCartney

Writing for Performance: An Introduction

2 - 3.30pm
Studio Theatre

Join playwright Nicola McCartney (HeritageLifeboat) for a practical workshop to give you a taste of playwriting in a collaborative, safe, supportive and fun environment.

This whistle-stop, nuts and bolts workshop will give you an insight into some of the techniques used by playwrights. The workshop is an opportunity for people who have never considered writing for performance, to immerse themselves in the joys and challenges of playwriting for the very first time.

Oliver Emanuel

Writing History: Giving Voice to the Past

4 - 5.30pm
Studio Theatre

How do you tell the stories of people long dead with respect, integrity and compassion? How do you breathe new life into a story a century old, lifting it from the pages of a history book and making it vibrant, visceral and relevant today? Join playwright Oliver Emanuel (The 306 Dusk, Flight) for a practical workshop on his process for researching and creating The 306 trilogy.

Suitable for age 16+ at any skill level and from all writing backgrounds.

Annie George

Script Surgeries with Annie George

11am - 4pm
Rehearsal Room


Writing a play and looking for some advice on how to take it to the next draft? Apply for a fifty-minute, one-to-one session on an extract from your play with professional playwright, and Playwrights' Studio Associate Playwright  Annie George (Twa, Home Is Not The Place).

Details about the submissions process and how to apply can be found here.

Deadline: 5pm on 12 October 2018

Ben Tagoe

Career Surgeries with Ben Tagoe

3 - 5pm
Cafe, Perth Theatre
Are you an aspiring playwright in Scotland? Would you like advice on how to further your career? Perth-born playwright Ben Tagoe (Coronation Street, Lucky Man, When We Were Brothers) is offering free 30 minute, one-to-one meetings to offer guidance and advice on playwriting and career development. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please email your writing CV and a statement (1-page max) about your influences and aspirations for the one-to-one to

Be quick - these career surgeries are strictly on a first-come-first-served basis.

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