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Framework Festival '22

Scotland's Emerging Theatre Makers Festival
7th - 25th June 2022, In-Person and Online

A series of workshops, panels and networking events designed to connect, upskill and support emerging and early-career theatre-makers across Scotland.

Our free programme consists of two CONNECT Events (1 in-person and 1 digital), and 8 online workshops. We also have two bursaries on offer for support to attend the CONNECT events. 

The CONNECT Events: 

In-Person @ The Traverse Theatre

Tuesday 7th June @ 6pm-10pm (5:30pm Doors)



Saturday 25th June @ 1pm-5pm 

This is a great chance to come and meet emerging and established theatre-makers, see some of Scotland's exciting talent and learn a thing or two! We can't wait to see you, either in person or online. We are delighted to be presenting our in person event in association with the Traverse Theatre, and thank them for their help in supporting emerging artists!

The CONNECT Event:

  • A Q&A Panel with established Scottish theatre makers*

  • A tailored workshop for emerging theatre makers

7th June @ Traverse - Know Your Worth with Rachael Brown

25th June @ Online - Accessible Theatre-Making with Birds of Paradise

  • A Performance of "Words on World's Ending" by Joe Hunter

  • A Performance of "Love the Sinner" by Imogen Stirling

  • Networking Time!

*exact panels will be announced in due course, and will be different at each of the CONNECT events!

The Workshops:

Applying for Creative Scotland Funding with Vanessa Boyd

Thursday 9th June @ 2pm

In this session you will learn about who, what and how Creative Scotland fund. What do the different funds do? How do you know when to apply? What do Creative Scotland look for?


All this and more will be covered in this informative session with Vanessa Boyd, Interdisciplinary Performance Officer.


Careers in Directing Theatre Panel

Wednesday 15th June @ 7pm

A panel featuring Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir (Me and My Sister Tell Each Other Everything, hang, Maryland) and Caitlin Skinner (Stellar Quines, Jordan & Skinner) discussing their careers in directing Scottish theatre, and sharing their tips and tricks for emerging directors.


Sustainable Theatre Practice

with Isla Cowan

Saturday 18th June @ 2pm

Join Isla Cowan, a Scottish playwright, performer and director, to learn about embedding sustainable practice and ecological thinking into your theatre-making.


Isla describes her work as ecofeminist, and has won the Assembly ART prize 2022, and the Alpine Fellowship 2021.


A Coffee Meeting

with Framework Theatre

Saturday 11th June @ 2pm

Come chat to Framework Theatre’s team to learn more about the festival, what we do and how we do it in a relaxed Saturday afternoon chat!

This is a great chance to learn about the wider festival and get some advice on what to attend!


Careers in Writing Panel

Thursday 16th June @ 2pm

A panel featuring literary officers Jackie Crichton (Royal Lyceum Theatre) Emma McKee (Playwrights Studio Scotland) and Eleanor White (Traverse Theatre) discussing how their organisations support emerging playwrights, and giving advice on how to take the next steps.


A relaxed session to learn the ins and outs of playwriting in Scotland.


Embedding EDI in the Arts

with Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh 

Thursday 23rd June @ 7pm

Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh is an Opera Libretto Doctoral Artistic Researcher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she also teaches on the Masters in Opera Making and Writing of which she is an alumnus. 


This session provides an insight into working with diversity as a theatre-maker. 


Casting Q&A with

Simone Pereira Hind

Monday 13th June @ 3pm

A Q&A with Casting Director Simone Pereira Hind, to get to know the ins and outs of the casting industry and its relationship with actors.


Simone and her team regularly cast feature films, television and theatre in Scotland and beyond.


You can learn more at:


Technical Careers 

with Louise Gregory

Tuesday 21st June @ 3pm

Louise Gregory works as a freelance Production & Stage Manager, Lighting and Sound Designer.


Join her to learn more about developing a career in production and backstage. Alongside her technical work, Louise also runs the NAVIGATE emerging artists programme.


We can't wait to see you!

7th-25th June 2022

Any issues, concerns or questions just email

The Bursaries:

Bursary applications are now closed.

Financial Support Bursary

10 x £50 bursaries (5 per CONNECT event), to support those who would lose income or need to spend money e.g on childcare to attend the event. We appreciate that there are many barriers, and encourage emerging artists to apply. 

We will not ask for proof of need, and will use a lottery

system to decide who receives the bursary. 


Travel Bursary

To support the cost of travel to the in-person event via public transport. This is designed to both support attendance and encourage sustainable travel options, we can cover train and bus fares either booked in advance or reimbursed on the day.

NB: Applicants must have applied to the bursary and

been approved to be reimbursed on the day.

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