The drama group Duns Players will host the DunsPlayFest from 4th-11th May.
It’s a celebration of new dramatic writing and will feature work by playwrights from the Borders and Edinburgh.
The festival 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.