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Supporting Young Talent at DunsPlayFest

Updated: Mar 20

DunsPlayFest aims first and foremost to show people a good time - but that is not just a frivolous aim, it is the outcome of many interconnected dreams. A whole community of passion, support, learning & joy, that we hope will last for generations to come.

Generous performing arts grant to be offered to a Berwickshire youngster again in 2024, in association with Marchmont Farms Ltd

The Hugo Award For Emerging Young Talent

Theatre is, of course, at the very heart of DunsPlayFest and to ensure the future of theatre and the DunsPlayFest itself, young talent must be nurtured and supported from the bottom up. Theatre matters, good times matter and good times provided by theatre matter tremendously. We at DunsPlayFest want to do all we can to help young people contribute to this endlessly fascinating & beautiful art form, involvement in which will undoubtedly enhance any young person’s emotional maturity, physical health, professional outlook, social skill-set, community-mindedness, literary knowledge and technological expertise – and that’s just for starters!

With this in mind, DunsPlayFest awards each year, a no-strings attached grant - £1,000 of pure encouragement - to a local youngster looking to make their way in the performing arts. (This grant is by nomination)

Youth Workshops

Led by our Festival Producer, Sara Best, who has extensive experience of youth theatre and current Chair of Trustees, Lucy Vaughan, a vastly knowledgeable practitioner in Creative Learning, we have branched out into all-year-round workshops for young people. Subscribe to the workshop mailing list here:

Not just for budding actors!

Workshops will also be available off stage. Future sessions are to be led by local professionals in Stage Design, Light & Sound and Film. We hope that graduates of these sessions will form part of the crew at DunsPlayFest in the future when our technical team will be led for the first time by Mark Inglis - most often seen at The Maltings in Berwick.

If anyone out there knows of any young people itching to get involved, back-stage or out front performing, please tell them to get in touch. DunsPlayFest supports the future! Workshop Sign-up: Email us:

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