Village Pub Theatre are back by popular demand, with a very special CoastWord showcase for 2017, featuring the work of three established playwrights and Village Pub Theatre stalwarts, Catherine Grosvenor, Sophie Good and Jenna Watt along with new work written in our short course playwriting workshops in Dunbar. All performed by a professional cast and directed by Jenna Watt.
Village Pub Theatre
Village Pub Theatre (VPT) is a lo-fi, new writing theatre collective based in the Village Pub in Leith, Edinburgh. For their regular events, they stage new short works in the form of monthly rehearsed readings in an informal pub setting accompanied by home baking and beer. Founded in June 2012, the company consists of six Edinburgh-based playwrights; James Ley, Colin Bell, Catherine Grosvenor, Morna Pearson, Sophie Good andLouise Knowles. The Artistic Director is Caitlin Skinner and they are joined each month by a cast of actors. The company is also involved in developing full-length scripts and presenting new writing in other venues and contexts.
Catherine Grosvenor's performed plays include The Tinderbox (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 2013); Gabriel (Oran Mor 2009); Cherry Blossom (Traverse/Polski Teatr Bydgoszcz 2008) and One Day All This Will Come To Nothing (Traverse 2005). Her translation of Anna Wakulik's A Time To Reap was part of the Royal Court's Olivier Award winning Jerwood Theatre Upstairs programme in 2013. She also wrote the Scottish adaptations of Esa Leskinen and Sami Keski-Vähälä's Continuous Growth, which won a Fringe First in 2012, and The Overcoat, which won Billy Mack The Stage's Best Actor Award 2011 for for his role as Akaky.
Catherine is passionate about encouraging people to write. She created and runs Scribble, a weekly theatre writing course for young people aged 16-18, at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. She has also taken part in the Traverse's education project Class Act many times since 2006, working with teenagers across Edinburgh and West Lothian from a wide variety of backgrounds, and is the patron of Firefly Arts in Livingston.
Catherine is a founding member of the Village Pub Theatre collective, an exciting new playwright-led venture which creates new work in the heart of Leith in Edinburgh.
Jenna Watt is an award winning director and playwright.
Her works include Faslane; winner of a Scotsman Fringe First and Summerhall Lustrum Award 2016 (Contact Manchester, Showroom) How You Gonna live Your Dash (Showroom / Platform Easterhouse), Fringe First award winning Flâneurs (Summerhall, Battersea Arts Centre, Traverse Theatre, Tron Theatre, Woodend Barn, Mayfest, Play Pieces, Cumbernauld Theatre, Big Burns Supper), Little Vikings are Never Lost (The Arches, National Review of Live Art) and It's OK, It's Only Temporary; the apple smashing piece (Battersea Arts Centre, The Arches, Forest Fringe, Edinburgh Peer Group, The Basement).
Jenna has worked with companies including; The National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse Theatre, Magnetic North, Unlimited Theatre, Northern Stage, Made In China, The Macrobert Young Company, Scottish Youth Theatre, Scottish Drama Training Network, Buzzcut Glasgow, The Arches, Forest Fringe, Junction 25, Lung Ha Theatre Company, National Review of Live Art, The Basement, Edinburgh Science Festival and the Arnolfini.
Jenna is also a member of the Single End Collective; an artist run space based in Barras Art and Design.
Sophie Good is an Edinburgh based playwright who is one of the founding members of the successful Village Pub Theatre in Leith. VPT regularly produce short play performances both at the Village Pub as well as venues such as Traverse Theatre, Lyceum Theatre and previously at Coastword. Sophie’s short plays performed at the Traverse Theatre, CCA Glasgow and the Tron Theatre Glasgow. She has recently had a sell-out play ‘Green Tea’ produced by Blazing Hyena Theatre Company at Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh.