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New writing from the Scottish Borders

Borders Pub Theatre playwrights
Borders Pub Theatre is a group of playwrights whose new writing is performed script-in-hand in all manner of informal settings across the Scottish Borders - from pubs to theatres.

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ABOUT BORDERS PUB THEATRE

What we do and how we started

Very first show in Selkirk

First show in Selkirk

Caitlin rehearses Emily and Matt

Borders Pub Theatre puts on several shows each year. A theme is chosen and the playwrights come up with their own ten minute plays inspired (sometimes loosely!) by this common thread. The writers give each other feedback, and the plays are then polished ready for an audience. To make the journey from concept to performance as fast as possible the plays are acted 'script-in-hand'. A director and three members of cast are picked - all professionaly trained. The director meets up with them on the morning of the performance. Rehearsals are all day, then the performance takes place that evening. But although this time-scale is scarily tight we still use props, lighting, sound effects, music - all whisked together in a relaxed atmosphere.
Group of trainees at reception in Edinburgh

Playwrights with mentors

Tom Murray (L) and Jules Horne (2nd R)

The project sprang from an initiative by Fiona Sturgeon Shea and Playwrights Studio Scotland. The idea was to encourage professional quality writing for the stage in the Scottish Borders. Writers were selected competitively, and a year-long training programme started, with input from highly respected playwrights, directors, actors and dramaturgs from the top echelons of Scottish theatre - including the National Theatre of Scotland. The concept for a regular informal evening of short plays came from Leith Village Theatre in Edinburgh, to whom we are more than grateful. The concept is to perform anywhere from pubs to village halls to theatres - wherever an audience fancies an evening of fun!

OUR WRITERS

Meet our talented team of playwrights


Anita John

Anita John

Playwright

Emily Larner

Emily Larner

Playwright and actor

Campbell Hutcheson

Campbell Hutcheson

Playwright

Clare Watson

Clare Watson

Playwright


John McEwen

John McEwen

Playwright

Robert Sproul-Cran

Robert Sproul-Cran

Playwright

Thomas Clark

Thomas Clark

Playwright

Sara Clark

Sara Clark

Playwright


Roger Simian

Roger Simian

Playwright

Sarahjane Swan

Sarahjane Swan

Playwright

Jules Horne

Jules Horne

Playright

Laura MacIntyre

Laura MacIntyre

Playwright




OUR DIRECTORS

The Directors who make a script zing within a single day

Fiona Mackinnon

Fiona Mackinnon

Director

Caitlin Skinner Credit Lauren McLay

Caitlin Skinner

Director

Clare Prenton

Clare Prenton

Director

Vivien Reid

Vivien Reid

Actor and Director




OUR ACTORS

The brilliant performers who bring our work to life

Vivien Reid

Vivien Reid

Actor and Director

Emily Larner

Emily Larner

Playwright and actor

Scott Noble

Scott Noble

Actor

Matthew Burgess

Matthew Burgess

Actor

Cate Barr

Cate Barr

Actor

Nicola Jo Cully

Nicola Jo Cully

Actor

Sara Innes

Sara Innes

Actor

David Bon

David Bon

Actor