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Tuesday 30 April 


12:00pm         Writers’ Workshop: Character and Comedy

2.30pm           Talk: Magical Highs - Loraine Burgon

5:30pm           Music: Hosted by Rolling Hills

6.30pm           Music: Zimbro

7.30pm           Plays: Wilson at Play - Borders Pub Theatre

8.45pm           Open Mic 

9:15pm           Improv: Damp Knight Comedy

12-2pm Cadet Hall

A workshop in character development and improvised comedy with experienced clown, and workshop leader - Oli Bisset

Join DunsPlayFest for an exciting and educational session exploring advanced Improvisation and Character creation.  Learn how to create and inhabit theatrical worlds through a series of games, exercises and problem solving.  Led by local Applied Theatre practitioner Oli Bisset, the workshop will focus on developing creativity through a series of improvisation techniques drawn from a range of styles and experts.  This workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in learning about gaining confidence and new skills whilst having fun in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.  All that is required is curiosity and a willingness to say "yes"!

2.30pm Main Stage

Magical Highs Alvin Lee & Me. 

A Woodstock Memoir by Loraine Burgon

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Loraine had a ringside seat as Alvin's group The Jaybirds became local heroes in their home town of Nottingham. The group became Ten Years After and Alvin was recognised as a leading rock guitarist, alongside Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.

If you've ever wondered what it's really like to be the partner of a rock superstar, Magical Highs is for you.

 5.30pm Cabaret Stage     Rolling Hills Folk Club


Come along and join Rolling Hills Folk Club for a sharing of songs, stories, and music.


6.30pm Cabaret Stage    Zimbro

Classic Brazillian bossa nova and latin-influenced originals from the Tweed Valley.


7.30pm Main Stage

Wilson at Play

Borders Pub Theatre


Borders Pub Theatre are back with six exhilarating ten minute plays. Wilson at Play is a show of short plays inspired by Wilson's Tales of the Borders, the 19th century publishing phenomenon. The new dramas are written by Robert Sproul-Cran, Anita John, Clare Watson, John McEwen, Campbell Hutcheson, and Emily Larner. Borders Pub Theatre started in 2019 and this is the collective's fourth appearance at DunsPlayFest.

8.45pm Cabaret Stage


Open Mic     FREE


9.15pm Main Stage

Damp Knight Comedy

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Join them as they invent and scramble their way through impossible situations and ridiculous games, knowing that they genuinely don’t have a script or storyline to fall back on.
Taking elements of popular improv TV shows (such as Fast and Loose & Whose Line Is It Anyway?), they add their own signature brand of surreal spontaneity and hit fast-forward to deliver a night of unforgettable high-octane comedy, inspired entirely by the audience’s suggestions, that is (probably) unlike anything you have seen before.


The Boaty McBoatface of Improvised Comedy! After an energising swim up the Whiteadder, Damp Knight Comedy escape the turmoil of their home town of Berwick to bring their ill-conceived comedy chaos to you, here at the DunsPlayFest.

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