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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 5 online workshops. We also have bursaries on offer to support attendance at our Connect Event! There will be more exciting ways to get involved in the festival announced on the 29th of June at our Connect Event!
The 2024 Festival is funded by the National Lottery via Creative Scotland and delivered in association with the Traverse Theatre.

The CONNECT Event: 

29th of June @ The Traverse Theatre

Running from 11am – 6:30pm, the day will contain:


  • Speed Date Networking

  • An industry panel*

  • 2 workshops*

  • A mini scratch night showcase of two new scripts!

  • & plenty of breaks to grab food, chit chat and rest up!

*exact panels and workshops will be announced soon - but will be tailored for emerging theatre-makers!

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Financial Support Bursary

This bursary is designed to support those who might lose income, or incur expenses to attend the in-person Connect event on the 29th June. These may be expenses such as childcare or transportation. If this is you, please apply to the bursary below. We have 5 x £20 and 3 x £50 bursaries available. 

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

system to decide who receives the bursary. 

Deadline 24th June at 12pm (noon)

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 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. 


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. 


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. 


Come and explore how Wonder Fools make work, and learn how to embed these skills into your practice!


We can't wait to see you!

29th June - 20th July 2024

Any issues, concerns or questions just email

All digital workshops will be captioned by Zoom and recorded for archival purposes. 

Every session is free to attend, or pay-what-you-can. If you can spare the cost of a coffee to attend a workshop please consider it to support the Festival as a whole!

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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