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Village Pub Theatre

Village Pub Theatre (VPT) is a lo-fi, new writing theatre collective based in the Village Pub in Leith, Edinburgh. For their regular events they stage new short works in the form of monthly rehearsed readings in an informal pub setting accompanied by home baking and beer.  Founded in June 2012, the company consists of six Edinburgh-based playwrights; James Ley, Colin Bell, Catherine Grosvenor, Morna Pearson, Sophie Good and Louise Knowles. The Artistic Director is Caitlin Skinner and they are joined each month by a cast of actors. The company is also involved in developing full length scripts and presenting new writing in other venues and contexts. 

Our work

In its first year the company produced over 50 plays by 26 playwrights including work from our core group of playwrights and guest writers including some of the most exciting voices in Scottish theatre. They often write to a monthly theme such as their annual Halloween special or the more unusual titles such as Parent's Evening, Erotica or Empires. 

The Village Pub Theatre launched 'Tweet Plays', in March 2013 - a whole play in 140 characters submitted via Twitter and performed in the pub. The project resulted in the creation of some 170+ Twitter plays shared with us and performed in the pub. There were also live performances of the Tweet Plays on Radio Scotland's Culture Show. In October and November 2013 The Village Pub Theatre worked with the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company to present Tweet Plays inspired by the shows in the Lyceum season and 70 tweet plays were performed on the Lyceum stage. You can view the tweet plays here.

How to get involved

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