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Nurturing New Theatre, New Writing And New Talent!

The annual festival of brand-new theatre in the Scottish Borders

Friday 26th April-Saturday 4th May 2024
The Volunteer Hall, Duns, Berwickshire

Proudly announcing the first of our performances for 2024
Firebrand are back!
A Room of One's Own

Adapted from the writings of Virginia Woolf
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Building upon the success of its production of Nassim Soliemanpour’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit at Duns Play Fest in 2023, acclaimed Scottish Borders-based Firebrand Theatre Company is delighted to return to the Festival in 2024, this time with its own new theatrical adaptation of
Virginia Woolf’s famous feminist essay, A Room of One’s Own.
As profoundly thought-provoking as White Rabbit, but this time directed by the award-winning Richard Baron, this ambitious one woman show will once again feature the versatile Ellie Zeegen and engagingly reveal why Woolf’s brilliant and richly entertaining 1929 polemic has become one
of the most significant feminist manifestos of this time, and any time.

Friday 3rd May 7.15pm

Tideline Runners:
The Honourable Gentleman

'Tideline Runners are back at their brutal darkly comic best following 2023's lauded The Smallest Story. Based on true events, this sharply written and darkly comedic two-act dramatises the aftermath of the political scandal involving Northumberland MP Lord Lambton and high-class call girl Norma Levy that rocked the UK in 1973.

The play examines our fixation with public forgiveness, shame, and the social barriers that prevent forgiveness traversing the gender divide.'

Friday 3rd May      9pm

A Bear Named Wojtek

A half hour animated film, A BEAR NAMED WOJTEK is essentially a love story for one’s homeland – an important subject in times of refugees, nationalism and xenophobia. It relates the experience of the Polish people during World War II through the true story of Wojtek and his friend Piotr Prendys, a member of the 22nd Artillery Corps of the 2nd Polish Army.

Friday 3rd May    4pm

All this and more - All on Friday 3rd May.

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New Work, New Writing and New Artists.


A short film from DunsPlayFest 2023

Miss Lindsay's Secret
by Maria Mac Donell

Come in. Shut the door. Open the Box. What’s inside? ‘An outstanding and heartbreakingly beautiful
play’ (Jenny Gilruth, Scottish Culture Minister 2021) A museum curator finds hidden letters binding
Glenesk to Canada’s Klondike goldrush. But should she tell their intimate secrets? A true tale of
sewing and 1900’s sexting, revealed by The Curator, The Musician and The Man. Four and five star
reviews. ‘Powerful’ (Broadway Baby), ‘A delight’ (British Theatre Guide), ‘Confidently sweeps us away’
(Wee Review)

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Doors Not Walls

‘The Archive’ by Tom Murray.

Do you think you’ve led a good life?  The archive holds all your actions and thoughts.  When you die the archive is opened and the judgement begins.

A play that explores what constitutes a good life, if it’s possible to judge anyone else with impartiality, or will emotion, prejudice, self-interest, always make the final decision.

Thursday 2nd May 9pm

Our Closing Concert on Saturday May 4th is shaping up!

A seasoned ska/reggae band with several albums and many tours under their belt. Offering hard to resist grooves and catchy compositions. They are proud to introduce their latest sound  

with the addition of luscious female vocals and harmonic texturing of the Melodites. Be prepared to dance.

Saturday 4th May Closing Concert


We are very lucky to have
Fire In The Middle
back at our Closing Concert

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Fire in the Middle is a Scottish/English/Canadian rock band formed in Berwick-upon-Tweed just weeks before the first lockdown in 2020. Founded initially of members of Duns’ Easter Street and Berwick’s The Warehouse Announcement, the line-up now consists of Canadian schoolteacher Derek Huffman (vocals/guitars/piano), Scott Courtney (guitars), Steven Walker (vocals/bass) and Daniel Dishington (drums).

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