Duns Players is a non-professional group creating excellent theatre through the sharing and development of performance and production skills.

Welcome to the website of Duns Players. Here you'll find information about our past shows and, more importantly, future events and auditions.

Duns is a small town in the Scottish Borders with a population of around 2,500 souls. However, despite this humble background, we've established a reputation for thinking big.

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Forthcoming Productions

Jim Clark the Musical – world premiere in Duns sold out!

Jim Clark the Musical

Tickets sold out for all three nights of Duns Players’ latest production: Jim Clark the Musical at Duns Volunteer Hall on May 26 to 28th.

Written by Alex Watson, with music by Mike Hardy, the show starred Matthew Foster as Jim, Stuart Faed as Jim’s friend and early mentor, Ian Scott Watson, and Eric Branse-Instone as Colin Chapman, the Lotus boss whose cars helped Jim become twice World Champion and Indy 500 winner during the 1960s.

Jim’s long-term girlfriend was played by Queen Margaret University drama student Erin Kyles, while Duns Players Chairman, John McEwen, distinguished himself in several roles, including a laconic Roy Plomley during a scene featuring Jim’s appearance on Desert Island Disks in 1964.

The show was attended by several members of the extended Clark family, while the real Ian Scott Watson, now 92, the guest of honour one evening, described it as “bloody good”.

The real Ian Scott Watson, 92, loved Jim Clark the Musical. Here he is with members of the cast. Left to right: Eric Branse-Instone (Colin Chapman), Matthew Foster (Jim), Stuart Faed (Ian Scott Watson), Beverly Garden (Mechanic, Chorus) and Craig Knight (Lotus Chief Mechanic, Jim Edruweit).

 

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DunsPlayFest 22

The Festival is based in the Volunteer Hall in Duns, which is transformed for the Festival by local artists (Allanbank Arts) into a unique space for performances, with two stages, a Cafe / Bar area, and a Production base. Various other venues around Duns are used, including the grounds of Duns Castle, to ensure the Festival atmosphere can be widely experienced.

To find out details of the lineup for this year’s DunsPlayFest, and to book tickets, click here:

https://www.dunsplayfest.org.uk/

The DunsPlayFest was established in 2019 by Director John McEwen, with members of the Duns Players following a series of development workshops with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland. The PlayFest is rooted in the local community and our strategic partners are A Heart for Duns, and the Duns Players, with support from local businesses, including Duns Castle.

In 2022 the DunsPlayFest underwent a further evolution to become a separate registered charity (a SCIO) and is run by local Trustees and a voluntary steering group.

The DunsPlayFest 2022 is funded by Creative Scotland and a number of trusts and foundations to whom we are extremely grateful.

We look forward to welcoming you to the DunsPlayFest.