TalkFest 2019

Delve deeper into what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Edinburgh Festivals with these fun, engaging workshops and discussions

Different Stages International: Scotland’s New Writing Symposium

Aug 9 15:00-18:00, Informatics Forum

A must-attend event for theatre professionals passionate about new writing on the international stage. How do we share and celebrate the tremendous success of playwrights and their work globally? With a keynote address by award-winning playwright and Royal Lyceum Artistic Director, David Greig, join playwrights, translators, promoters, producers, dramaturgs, directors and others – from all over the world. Registration is being run by Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland. To register your interest and receive further information, please email with your name and contact details or follow this link.

What’s your truth? Theatrical Storytelling with Mara Menzies

Aug 4, 11:00-13:00, Workshop Room, Fringe Central

Join award-winning performance storyteller Mara Menzies (Blood & Gold) for a practical workshop on traditional storytelling that fuses contemporary theatre and ancient mythology.

Free but ticketed, follow this link to book.

What’s the Big Idea? Playwriting workshop with Oliver Emanuel

Aug 4, 15:00-17:00, Workshop Room, Fringe Central

Playwrights’ Studio Associate Playwright Oliver Emanuel (Flight, The 306 Trilogy) takes you through a story and ideas workout: how to generate them, crystallise them and talk about them.

Free but ticketed, book your ticket here.

Script Surgeries

Aug 17, 10:30-13:30, Workshop Room, Fringe Central

Writing a play and looking for some advice on how to take it to the next draft? Script surgeries are 50-minute, one-to-one sessions with a professional playwright on an extract from your play. Due to demand, there is a simple application process for these surgeries. Please e-mail for more information. Available to registered Fringe participants and/or playwrights based in Scotland.

Free but ticketed, book your ticket here.

The Business of Playwriting

Aug 17, 14:30-16:30, Workshop Room, Fringe Central

17 Aug 2.30 – 4.30pm, Workshop Room Curious about how to make the leap into the professional realm? Join a panel of professional practitioners to discuss making a career as a playwright – from working with an agent, to negotiating contracts, and getting your work published.

Free but ticketed, book your ticket here.

Ways and Means: theatre in 2019 and beyond

Aug 12, 15:00-16:30, Traverse 2

What happens when we pair up two theatre artists from different backgrounds to co-host a panel discussion about what makes great theatre and performance in 2019? Join the conversation with Douglas Maxwell (Decky Does a Bronco) and Jenny Lindsay (This Script!).

This event is ticketed: £5 / £3conc. Buy your tickets here.

Anatomy of a Play: How Not to Drown

Aug 19, 11:00-12:30, Traverse 2

In-depth conversation about the biographical play, How Not to Drown (Nicola McCartney and Dritan Kastrati): two epic journeys set against the backdrop of the Balkan Wars and the British Care system.

This event is ticketed: £5 / £3conc. Book your tickets here. 

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