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The D21 Club – great!

Fantastic opportunities for anyone interested in performance and able to reach Edinburgh!

Discover 21 is Edinburgh’s newest – and smallest – permanent theatre space. The D21 Club relates to great events including plays, workshops, hire of space, and more…

The D21 Club. Discover 21 - The D21 Club:

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JOYCE MCMILLAN on BRECHT AND THE SOB FACTOR IN 21ST CENTURY THEATRE  for the Scotsman Magazine, 6.9.14. _________________________________________________________

IN THE LAST WEEK of this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, a show swept into town like brisk, sharp wind of change, first felt two generations ago, still blowing today.   The show was Handspring Puppet Theatre’s Ubu And The Truth Commission, first seen in Johannesburg in 1997, yet still supremely relevant in an age when the impunity of those who commit crimes against humanity continues to fuel rage and conflict across the world.

And what was immediately striking about this show – in the context of Edinburgh 2014 – was how little it cared to be liked, or to invite empathy for its characters.  Based on Alfred Jarry’s great absurdist classic Ubu Roi, the show has two human characters who are defined by their obscene grotesquery, the one more repellent than the…

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JOYCE MCMILLAN on NEW BEGINNING FOR THE BYRE? for the  Scotsman Magazine, 13.9.14. _________________________________________________________

IT WAS A JUST A brief piece of news, flitting past on my laptop screen; it said that director Gordon Barr and his Glasgow-based Bard In the Botanics company had just been commissioned to present Jack And The Beanstalk, as the 2014 Christmas panto at the Byre Theatre in St. Andrews. As casual updates go, though, this one could hardly have been more welcome; in that it signalled the return of one of Scotland’s best-loved theatre venues, dark since its operating company slid into bankruptcy in January of last year, and now about to reopen, following the signing in mid-August of a new deal between Fife Council and the University of St. Andrews.

Under the deal, the University leases the theatre from the council for the peppercorn rent of £300 a year, and becomes wholly…

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Coming up at D21: Collider #2!

Discover Fine Acting:

Opportunity for writers, actors and directors (in Edinburgh, Scotland)…

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We’re now accepting submissions for our second Collider event!

You can find all the information you’ll ever need about Collider plus a wee bit more if you click here, but in brief, it’s a chance to meet people you might like to collaborate with in future. Monday 6 October is Selection Night.

If you’re a writer, bring along copies of a short script or an extract. If you’re an actor, come along and volunteer to read things. If you’re a director, come and check out the writers and actors and see if there’s anything that speaks to you. At the end of the night we’ll have a vote to decide which scripts will feature at Collider (Performance Night will be Monday 3 November).

We’ll read as many scripts as we can on Selection Night, and we’ll read them in the order that they’re received so if you want to…

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Take It Back and Start All Over - Directed by Neil Rolland

Take It Back and Start All Over – Directed by Neil Rolland

Monday 29th September 2014, 6.15pm at Filmhouse. 

A panel discussion introducing and discussing a new feature film movement in Scotland that believes that micro budget feature film production can co-exist and even feed into the larger Scottish industry as a whole, creating an infrastructure for skills and talent development while encouraging a sustainable industry.

Sarah's Room - Directed by Grant McPhee

Sarah’s Room – Directed by Grant McPhee

Over the past year several feature films have been made in Scotland at budgets of £1,000 to £50,000, using Scottish crew and talent, screening at International festivals and picking up awards. At this special Write Shoot Cut event the panel will showcase some of this work through trailers and clips as well as holding an open discussion with the audience as to how things can progress in the future.

Skeletons - Directed by Craig-James Moncur

Skeletons – Directed by Craig-James Moncur

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Hyde & Seek, Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Hyde & Seek

Of the shows I’ve reviewed for Edinburgh Spotlight this Edinburgh Fringe Festival, here are the top ones which are still playing:

Shakespeare for Breakfast
Hamlet (C too)
The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare
Human Child (children’s show)

Shows still playing, seen but not reviewed and worth catching:

Hyde & Seek
Such a Nice Girl
Light Killer

along with free shows:
First Class
New Room Theatre: The Second Half (note that two monologues are being performed, the third mentioned will be on at a later date: keep an eye on Discover 21 for that)

Be sure to comment below, if you have any last minute Fringe recommendations, or if you have your eye on upcoming International Festival shows you think are worth a mention…

There is so much to see in the Edinburgh Festivals, with the Fringe being the largest arts festival in the world!

Here is a selection compiled from shows in some way associated with Discover Fine Acting:

Discover Fine Acting Fringe 2014

That’s one way to start getting an idea of what is on offer in a Fringe festival that has more than 3100 shows packed into almost 300 venues across the city!

As well as performing in I Promise I Shall Not Play Billiards, Danielle Farrow of Discover Fine Acting – and others associated with DFA – are reviewing.

You can read those reviews and much more information about the festivals and Edinburgh in general at Edinburgh Spotlight.

I Promise I Shall Not Play Billiards - play about Madeleine Smith, Edinburgh Fringe 2014

I Promise I Shall Not Play Billiards, by Fiona McDonald Image: Susie Cavill



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