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DunsPlayFest 22

Posted on: Wednesday, April 27th, 2022

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:

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.

Duns Play Fest

Posted on: Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Duns Play Fest

The drama group Duns Players will host the DunsPlayFest.

The festival is a celebration of new dramatic writing and will feature work by playwrights from the Borders and Edinburgh.

It starts with a large fancy-dress tea party where everyone is invited to dress as their favourite fictional or real-life character. There will also be an opportunity to try some Impro Comedy at the festival’s own ‘open mic’ version of Who’s Line Is It Anyway?

There will be music: a Sing Song night hosted by Duns District Amateur Operatic Society; the Coostie Folk Group will host a ceilidh; and Cameron Mabon and pupils from Berwickshire High School will provide musical interludes.

There are special performances from different mental health organisations as part of the Scottish Mental Health & Arts Festival 2019: a play A Different Tune by Elis Shotton, performed by Act Your Age in association with Brewery Arts Centre (Kendal), Age UK and Dignity in Dementia. Writing for Wellbeing Groups will also read some of their work.

There will be a host of workshops and talks on dramatic writing and acting involving well-known playwrights and experienced directors such as: Des Dillon, Tom Murray, Rhona Munro and Peter Lerpiniere.

John McEwen, the Festival Chair, says: “It will have something for anyone and everyone who loves performance and performing.”

The eight days will be full of events which will surprise and inspire, and the town of Duns will be at its festive best to welcome all visitors.

With the kind support of A Heart for Duns, most of the performances and events will be held at the Volunteer Hall in Duns, which will be transformed into a wonderful performance, community event and workshop space by Allanbank Arts.

Find out more at the DunsPlayFest website here

Macbeth Reading

Posted on: Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Fancy being Lady Macbeth or Banquo’s ghost for an evening? The Players invite you to join them for a reading of Macbeth in the Black Bull, Duns, on Friday 20th October at 7.30 pm. All welcome.

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