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TalkFest Fringe @ VPT: exploring new writing in a pub theatre context

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Playwrights' Studio hosted Script Surgeries at the Village Pub in Leith as part of our TalkFest Fringe. The Surgeries helped people who written a play and wanted some advice on how to take it to the next draft. Script surgeries were 50 minute, one-to-one sessions with professional playwrights Isabel Wright and Ronan O'Donnell


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Tales from the Village Pub (Theatre)

Pub theatre is an important part of the ecology of theatre. 

Many of the UK's most notable playwrights cut their teeth in a room above/below or inside a pub.   A panel from Scotland's newest pub theatre, Village Pub Theatre Leith, together with artists who began their career in pub theatre took part in an informal discussion about the pub theatre phenomenon. Answering questions like; What makes pub theatre sucha thrilling way of experiencing theatre? What are the challenges - and what is the future? 

Chaired by Fiona Sturgeon Shea, Creative Director, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland Fiona was formerly Marketing Manager at the Orange Tree Theatre and The Room (above the Orange Tree Pub).

Panelists included Andrew Haydon (Freelance Theatre Critic), James Ley (Playwright and Founder of Village Pub Theatre), Caitlin Skinner (Artistic Director of Village Pub Theatre), Adam Spreadbury-Maher (Artistic Director of King's Head Theatre).
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Village Pub Theatre 

VPT is Leith's acclaimed, year round pub theatre. Each night of the Fringe, VPT presented a different programme of new short plays from some of Scotland's most exciting playwriting talent, served script-in-hand. 'A brand new vortex of powerful theatrical activity in Edinburgh; everyone in the city who enjoys the raw energy of theatre should sample it, and remember to leave plenty of room for cake' (Joyce McMillan, Scotsman).

'VPT has quietly become a significant force on the theatre scene... All of the works on show displayed just how powerful short plays can be in an increasingly vital form of presentation' (Herald).

The theme on Thursday 20 August was Parents.

Parents. Who'd have 'em?An evening of new writing about Ma's and Da's. 
Including short plays by James Ley, Louise E. Knowles, Helen Shutt, Sophie Good and Sylvia Dow.

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