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MARCH 2020

News. Shows. People. Opportunities.

“If you know where you're going, you can get there. You can.” 
― Rona Munro, Long Time Dead


and welcome to the Theatre Directors Scotland March newsletter! As always, bringing you our latest news, exciting shows, a lovely new Member of the Month, and great opportunities. 

So what is new with us? We ran a Ninja Drop-in Session, providing some last minute Edinburgh Fringe advice before the Early Bird deadline. During the 4-hour slot, we answered questions via email and in person at the Trav Bar, where we got to show off our shiny new TDS pop-up banner!

We also ran a practical workshop on Grotowski skills as part of the new TDS Book Club format. We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to the four actors who let us  play with them for the day: Danielle Farrow, Victor Sharkov, Jade Anderson and Zazu Klebba. This section was open to subscribed TDS members only, so get in touch with us about becoming a member to get access to exclusive events and opportunities.

Please note there will be no TDS Book Club this month, as we have a General Meeting on Tuesday 24th March in Glasgow, venue and time tbc. Please keep an eye on our twitter feed for further details. Everyone is welcome to this meeting, but only paid up members have voting rights. You can pick up a membership form and join up at the meeting, though.



Of course there are loads of shows on, all directed by fabulous talent, but we won't tell you about all of them. The entry below was submitted through our newsletter call out. Feel free to drop us a line if you want to be included in our April Newsletter. 

Green Knight
Tue 24th - Sat 28th Mar, 7pm (60 min)
ADC Theatre, Cambridge
£9/£8/£7/£6, book here.

Christmas at Camelot: a monstrous green warrior issues an unwinnable challenge to Arthur’s finest knight. But what if the story was retold by the woman at its heart? A one-woman version of the medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, written and performed by Debbie Cannon (winner of Female Actor Award, Buxton Fringe 2018), dramaturgy by Jen McGregor.

Directed by Flavia D'Avila



Here are some opportunities with approaching deadlines: 

Deadline: ongoing Jane Hobson production photography - Book now for Fringe publicity shots!

Deadline: various - The Edinburgh Passion 2020 workshops - see info below:

As part of the citywide storytelling project 'The Edinburgh Passion 2020'... Cutting Edge Theatre is offering the opportunity for writers and creatives to join free workshops and a panel discussion at The Traverse Theatre

Details of workshop are listed below, if you would like to sign up for any of the events please email

Writing / Directing for Community Theatre
10th March :  10.00 - 12.00
Cutting Edge Theatre will lead participants through an introduction to writing and directing for community theatre. The workshop will include devising/improvising in a community setting, developing stories and working with vulnerable members of the community

Writing Passion Plays
17th March :  10.00 - 12.00
Using the passion themes and narratives of grief, hope, love, renewal and more found in the Gospels. This workshop will explore these themes as a basis for writing a Passion play script/scene.

Writing / Directing for Community Theatre
31st March :  18.00 - 20.00
Cutting Edge Theatre will lead participants through an introduction to writing and directing for community theatre. The workshop will include devising/improvising in a community setting, developing stories and working with vulnerable members of the community

Panel Discussion on Passion Plays

7th April  :  18.00 - 20.00

An opportunity for writers and academics to examine historical background and explore the modern day relevance of the Passion play format

for info please email
Our full event info can be found at 



Morna Burdon

Morna has been creating theatre for over 30 years now. She got her first job at Theatre Workshop Edinburgh and worked there for 10 years producing, devising, acting, directing with wonderful people who shared the common belief that theatre belongs to everyone. Since then she has worked freelance and directed around 50 productions. Morna's work often arises out of devising (so she writes a lot) and has ranged from one woman shows to cabarets to directing a 9-month international project involving over a hundred participants. It has been interspersed with performing and heading up theatre-based projects and guest visits to various educational establishments including Milan University and Paolo Grassi (also Milan).

Currently, Morna is getting ready to take her second one-woman-show, Gie’s Peace, about women activists for peace, to the Prague Fringe. Her show Bonnie Fechters is on a back boiler and After Judy Chicago is a homage to the feminist art work The Dinner Party, which involves the audience honouring a woman they admire and being served a meal. Morna is about to give up being Chair of East of Scotland Equity Branch, which will free her up to focus on developing new work, includes an exciting idea for a film!

Thanks for reading - hope to see you at one of our events soon!

Theatre Directors Scotland



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