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Saturday 27 April 



12-2pm           Forum: Made In The Borders

2pm & 3pm     Storytelling: Katy Swift and Kate Cohen

4pm                Plays: Borderlands - The Fatal Misjudgement

5pm                Music: Arcadian Meadows - James Wyness

5:45pm           Play: Miss Lyndsay’s Secret - Maria McDonell

7pm                Music: The Doc

7.30pm           Play: El Duglas - Hot Trod Theatre

8.30pm           Music: James Wyness

9pm                Opera: DDAOS Cabaret


Made In The Borders - A meeting place for Writers and Artists

12-2pm Meeting and Discussion chaired by
Writer/Director Clare Prenton

2pm and 3pm

Cabaret Stage

Cailleach Creation Myth And Stories of Dragons


Story Telling


with Katy Swift and Kate Cohen

Cabaret Stage


Katy Swift and Kate Cohen Story Telling.jpeg

Bringing you story-telling soundscapes of magical mystical dragons and the Cailleach's creation.


Stories for All!

4pm Main Stage

Borderlands - The Fatal Misjudgement by Carol Robson


Following its initial success at the DunsPlayFest in 2023, by popular request, Carol has extended this story of the political machinations swirling around the captivity of Mary Queen of Scots in England from 1569 - 87. 


The original short play examined the interplay between Mary and William Cecil, the spymaster of Elizabeth I. 


The revised play includes an examination of the relationships and motivations of  Elizabeth, Cecil, and Mary in the events leading up to Mary’s execution at Fotheringay in 1587. Both Mary and Elizabeth tried to circumvent the plotting and planning of their respective supporters, ultimately without success. But as their story played out, they were both propelled into key roles in the hisstory of Great Britain. Come and immerse yourselves in the music and Court intrigues of Tudor England. And a fatal misjudgement! 


  5.45pm Main Stage 

Maria McDonnell presents

Miss Lindsay's Secret


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)


7pm  Cabaret Stage

The Doc



Performing a mellow blend of original songs, the Doc is back to soothe and entertain!



7.30pm Main Stage

El Duglas

Performed by 

Iain Fraser and John Nichol


New Writing from Hot Trod Theatre Company


Every year, in the Andalucian town of Teba, an event is held in honour of the heroic deeds of Sir James Douglas, often known as ‘The Black Douglas’, who fought and died there in the Battle of Teba in 1330. He was on his way to the Holy Land with the embalmed heart of his friend, Robert the Bruce. Sir James was Bruce’s ablest lieutenant and the most professional soldier of his day, whose menacing resourcefulness and outright genius undoubtedly led to victory in the Scottish Wars of Independence. Who better to tell his story than the Bruce himself?

5 and 8.30pm Cabaret Stage
James Wyness


Arcadian Meadows


Guitars and Lap steel, fingerpicked Appalachian delicacies on a bed of North Indian Raga. Garnished with Wild Mountain Thyme. Drenched in Desert Blues. Washed down with a vintage 60s east coast minimalism.


Duns & District Amateur Operatic Society


9.00pm Main Stage

Songs from the shows to entertain and delight! 

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