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The following programme is subject to change. More events may be added, so please check back!

Saturday 4th May
4pm-6pm   FREE Grand Opening Fancy Dress Tea Party
7pm   Borders Pub Theatre − eight 10-minute plays
9pm   Rehearsed reading of Turning Tide by Emily Larner.

Sunday 5th May
111am-4.30pm  Children’s Event: Play in a Day, with Allanbank Arts
7pm  Margarets by John McEwen.
9pm   Game Show: Who’s Line Is It Anyway?

Monday 6th May

2pm    What’s the point of drama? Acting (Shakespeare) workshop/debate run by Peter Lerpiniere and Duns Players.
5pm Rehearsed reading of extracts from Test Log 19 by Grace Hobman and Mel Rae Thompson Fernandez
7pm  Somethin for Nothin by Thomas Clark.
9pm   Rehearsed reading of Shortlist by Bob Noble and All’s Fair by Arthur Parsons.

Tuesday 7th May
3pm A Different Tune by Elis Shotton, performed by Act Your Age in association with Brewery Arts Centre (Kendal), Age UK and Dignity in Dementia.
7pm  Better at the Strath by Campbell Hutcheson.
8pm  Rehearsed reading of No Regress by Robert Sproul-Cran.
9pm  Rehearsed reading of First Steps By Anita John

Wednesday 8th May
2pm   Community Lunch clients invited back to see devised play performed by Duns Primary School pupils guided by Tom Murray
2-3.45pm  Rona Munro gives Frankenstein workshop to Berwickshire High School S3 students (not open to the public).
3-6pm Treading the Borders Writing Workshop Writers’ Inner Voices.
7pm    Rehearsed reading of Colonel Anne by David Shirreff.

Thursday 9th May
2-5pm   A Gathering of Story-tellers: Professional storytellers meet local story tellers.
5-6.15pm Film show: On the Move.
6.30pm  (The Black Bull) Whodunnit Workshop. How to write suspense fiction, with Janet O’Kane.
7pm  Somethin for Nothin by Thomas Clark
9pm    Cabaret – Tom Murray’s Yes/No cabaret performance and Rebel Cello by Jules Horne.

Friday 10th May
2pm-5.30pm  Creative Writing for Health and Wellbeing. (All welcome to come and share their creative writing, or just listen. A safe space to think and be, hosted by Writers in the Library).
6pm   Talk by Des Dillon: How do you actually write a play?
7pm  Margarets by John McEwen
9pm   Sing Song Night hosted by Duns and District Amateur Operatic Society.

Saturday 11th May
11am-1pm  Jules Horne playwriting workshop sponsored by the Open University.
2pm  Better at the Strath by Campbell Hutcheson.

7pm  Ceilidh with The Coostie Folk




Other events during festival

A Murder Mystery Treasure Hunt – your chance to be a detective − spot the clues in Duns shop windows and find out who murdered the lady in the lake.



The Wilson’s Tales Project

The Wilson’s Tales Project is pleased to announce a collaboration with DunsPlayFest to provide an annual prize for an aspiring playwright to adapt and present one of Wilson’s Tales of the Borders as a 15-minute, radio-style play. Find out more.


Live music will be performed periodically in the Volunteer Hall in Duns throughout the festival, mainly by Berwickshire High School students guided by music teachers Cameron Mabon and Harris Playfair.