Leith's Village Pub Theatre present new work at the Traverse
- Gareth K Vile
- 7 June 2017
Director Caitlin Skinner tells us more about the group's latest project
Based in Leith, Edinburgh, the Village Pub Theatre is a community of artists determined to prove that drama doesn't always have to be in a formal venue. Promoting new writing and a DIY ethos in production, a visit to the Traverse brings their fresh attitude into one of Edinburgh's established stages.
'Village Pub Theatre has always been a small space for writers to connect with an audience and to take risks through short, sharp and direct plays,' explains director Caitlin Skinner. 'This project is the start of us exploring what it might be like to do that on a slightly larger scale.'
The four selections include scripts by Sylvia Dow, Giles Conisbee, Rosanna Hall and Grace Cleary, covering topics from fake news, through personal safety and an updating of The Odyssey, to 'banana and bongos'. Yet each evening will be about more than just the plays. 'We try to create events that have an informality and social nature to them, after and in-between the plays,' concludes Skinner. 'Although the content of the plays contributes to the discussion of ideas, VPT has an environment where it is that little bit easier for audiences to talk to each other too.'
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 7 & Thu 8, Thu 15 & Fri 16 Jun