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Framework Festival '24

Scotland's 4th Annual Emerging Theatre Makers Festival
29th June - 20th July - 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-to-attend programme consists of one CONNECT Event (in-person at the Traverse Theatre) and 6 online workshops. We are also launching our survey of emerging theatre-makers Building a Framework, applications for our Framework Fringe Takeover and submissions for our next creative project. 
The 2024 Festival is funded by the National Lottery via Creative Scotland and delivered in association with the Traverse Theatre.

Building a Framework

Fill out our survey!

Have your voice heard in the second edition of our Building a Framework series! Emerging theatre-makers of any discipline from technicians, to designers to performers fill out our survey here.

Est. 5-10 mins to complete. 

Production Callout

Pitch us your work!

We are delighted to be running an open call for our next project and are seeking pitches from emerging writers and theatre-makers for our next show!

For more information and to apply head to the Work With Us tab. 

Fringe Takeover

Submit your show!

We're handing our Instagram over to 10 companies bringing a show to the Edinburgh Fringe!


If you’re a Scottish emerging theatre company taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe and want to takeover, please fill in this form. 


The Digital Workshops:


How to Support Accessibility in Theatre-Making with Amie Burns Walker

Tuesday 2nd July @ 7pm

Want to know how to support your own, or other people's, access needs? 


Amie Burns Walker is a Neurodivergent working class theatre director specialising in Immersive and Community theatre. 

Come and explore access riders, running access-friendly rooms and how we can all be making theatre in an accessible way!


An Intro to Technical Theatre with Louise Gregory

Saturday 13th July @ 2pm

Want to know more about different technical roles, what they do and how they intersect? Join Louise Gregory (Technical & Production Manager at An Tobar & Mull Theatre) as she runs through design, production, technicians and all the nuances in between!

Whether you're a director, theatre-maker, designer or technician - this session will give you some great insight into the world of production.


Sustainable Theatre & Eco-Dramaturgy with Isla Cowan

Friday 5th July @ 4pm

Want to know how to embed climate awareness into your theatre-making? Isla Cowan is an award-winning playwright, performer and director, specialising in creating ecofeminist performance.  


Spend an hour exploring Isla’s practice, and learning how to tackle the climate crisis through your theatre-making. 


Creative Scotland Funding with Laura Mackenzie-Stuart

Tuesday 16th July @ 4pm

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland, distributing funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.


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?


Making Community Led Theatre with Wonder Fools

Tuesday 9th July @ 7pm

Want to know more about making work with community at its core? Wonder Fools is a socially engaged theatre company who make work with communities that has national ambition and mass appeal. 


From full productions to festivals specifically for young artists, come and explore how Wonder Fools make work, and learn how to embed these skills into your practice!


Writing Your First Play with Sara Shaarawi

Sunday 20th July @ 2pm

Want to know how to go about writing your first play? Sara Shaarawi is a playwright whose work has been supported by National Theatre of Scotland, Playwrights Studio Scotland, the RSC and Edinburgh International Festival. 

In this hour, Sara will run through her tips and tricks for playwriting- providing a great baseline for emerging writers. 

Want to support Framework Festival?

Consider donating to our Ko-FI to help fund the Festival and our ongoing work. Even as little as £1 can go a long way to making our work possible!

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