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DunsPlayFest 23 was a tantalising mix of new writing, new drama, music, dance, poetry, workshops and cabaret. The Volunteer Hall, decorated by Allanbank Arts, was a buzzing festival hub, with outlying venues including Duns Park, Duns Castle and Southfields and over 60 shows to delight and enthrall.

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Some more of our 2023 highlights included

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Firebrand in association with Aurora Nova

WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT By Nassim Soleimanpour

Dramaturgy by Daniel Brooks and Ross Manson

​Forbidden to leave his country, playwright Nassim Soleimanpour distilled the experience of an entire generation in a wild, utterly original play. 

​Since its joint premiere in 2011 in Edinburgh and Summerworks festival, White Rabbit Red Rabbit has been translated into more than 30 different languages and has been performed over 3,000 times with a different actor or actress reading the script cold for the first time. White Rabbit Red Rabbit was originally produced by Volcano Theatre in association with Necessary Angel and Wolfgang Hoffmann.

"Wildly unpredictable and completely unforgettable, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is a punch in the air for self-expression; a testament to the power of words to transcend cultures and borders. You have to be there."  
New Zealand Herald

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 The Smallest Story by RJ Flynn
TideLine Runners


DunsPlayFest hosted the world premiere of this acclaimed comedy drama about how to survive grief by playwright RJ Flynn founder of theatre company Tideline Runners

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Country Scotland:

Whit Like is it?

The erudite Professor Stramash, aka John McEwen, enlightened and entertained our audience with his vigorous, scholarly (and frequently hilarious) attempt to answer this question. 

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Rowanank Environmental Arts presentes:

A most glorious and inspiring day full of stories, magic and wonder and the joy of circus! 

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Moving Images Solar Powered Cinema 

A wonderful addition to our festival, people of all ages enjoyed this intimate and unique cinema experience showing a selection of films from makers in the South of Scotland. We love supporting local environmental arts initiatives.

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