A Play, A Poet & A Pastry

A Play, A Poet and A Pastry


Theatre / Poetry

Huge thanks to Shax for assisting us with our set and props!

Starting Autumn 2017, the Bunbury Banter Theatre Company in collaboration with The Theatre Royal Dumfries, is producing a series of bi-monthly events, happening between September 2017 and March 2018, under the title A Play, A Poet & A Pastry.

A Play, A Poet & A Pastry involves the high-quality semi-staging of a new studio play, presented alongside poetry written in response to the script, which is also to be performed during the event. Following this, there will be pastries and a Q&A in the bar with the actors, creatives and poet, to conclude the evening.

Supported by the The Holywood Trust and Dumfries and Galloway Arts Council’s Regional Arts Fund, we are thrilled to also be partnering with the Theatre Royal Dumfries to bring this new and exciting addition to the Dumfries calendar.

PPP #1 – Friday 29th September 2017 


Playwright – Andrew Edwards

A Glasgow-based playwright, dramaturg and artist making work for stages, galleries and digital spaces.

His most recent play Scribble, a one-act play about gravity, anxiety and breakfast cereals, won the Assembly Roxy Theatre (ART) Award for emerging Scottish artists. Developed under Playwrights’ Studio Scotland’s mentoring programme, Scribble was performed at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Other recent work includes contributions to Nowhere (Dir. Andy Arnold, Take Me Somewhere Festival, Tron Theatre), The ground, The highest point (Emergency Festival, Z-Arts, Manchester) and the publication of talking dramaturgy: a zine.

Besides The Square Mile / Y Filltir Sgwar, Andy is currently developing two projects: In Burrows, a solo choreography about language, and JENNIFER, a quietly explosive performance about nouns.


Poet – Liz Niven

Liz Niven’s poetry collections (Canongate then Luath)and pamphlets are in Scots and English. Titles include Stravaigin, Burning Whins and The Shard Box. She has collaborated with artists to locate text in public places as well as books such as ‘Anything you say’, a collaboration about the island of Barra with Tasmanian conceptual artist, Fiona Lee. She has held numerous writing residencies including one at Inverness Airport about which a documentary film was made entitled ‘Poet on a Plane’. Awards include McCash/Herald for Scots poetry, TESS/Saltire for groundbreaking work in Scots language and she has received several Scottish Arts Council/Creative Scotland awards for writing projects.   She wrote the first Scots dossier for Mercator, European Bureau of Lesser Used Languages (2000) and its update (2017) and has written and edited a wide variety of education resources for the Scots language. Liz is an honorary Fellow of the Association of Scottish Literature and an Executive Board member of Scottish PEN.

‘Alternately tinkling and refracting like fragments of fine porcelain and clattering percussively like Olympics construction works, The Shard Box is a vivid portrait of modern China.  Posted by Colin Herd, Thu 24 Feb 2011 in The Skinny

‘Her techniques are diverse: translation into Scots of Chinese poems, Brechtian

observation of foreign things, jokes; they are often understated, ironic, compassionate, unsentimental, unobtrusively restrained’

‘Niven’s versions of ‘Comet’, ‘Boat ticket’ and ‘Stretch oot yer hauns tae me’ are moving and effective, both

defamiliarised and objectivised in Scots and at the same time made more intimately affecting,

without emotional overload. These are fine poems in themselves, and Niven’s translations are

unpretentious, memorable and strong.’

Prof. Alan Riach ASLS

‘Affirming and resonant, she’s a worthy heir to MacDiarmid’s crown.’ Waterstone’s, Bath

‘Liz Niven’s poetry is mature and humane…Her feminism is another aspect of her enlightened stance.’ PNReview



Andrew Byatt – Allan

Andrew has done seasons at many theatres including the Lyceum Edinburgh and the National in London. He was creator and Artistic Director of the Scottish Actors Studio for 10 years producing hundreds of World class workshops and also Producer of the Scottish Film Actors and Writers Workshop for 4 years. He was Producer and co-founder of THEATRE PKF (Peace Keeping Force) with his playwright father George Byatt.


Gavin Jon WrightDylan

This is Gavin’s 2nd time working in Dumfries having previously been involved in panto at DG One in 2012. He had a great time in Dumfries and is very pleased to return for the first Play Poet Pastry event.

Other theatre credits have included work for Tron Theatre (Scenes Unseen, Miracle on 34 Parnie Street, Ulysses and The Lying Kind this summer), National Theatre of Scotland (Black Watch), Vox Motus/NTS (Dragon), Citizens’ Theatre (Trainspotting), Cumbernauld Theatre (Cinderella, Snow White, Potterrow), macRobert (The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Titus), Red Bridge Arts (Titus US Tours), Pitlochry Festival Theatre (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Whisky Galore – A Musical!, The Servant o Twa Maisters, The Life of Stuff), Grid Iron (Decky Does A Bronco), Grid Iron/Traverse (Spring Awakening), Traverse/59 East 59 New York (A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity), Random Accomplice (News Just In) along with a number of shows at Oran Mor’s Play Pie Pint seasons.

Television work includes In Plain Sight, Taggart, Still Game, Shetland, Lip Service & Dear Green Place.

PPP #2 – Friday 24th November 2017

Playwright – TBC

Poet – TBC

PPP #3 – Friday 26th January 2018

Playwright – TBC

Poet – TBC

PPP #4 – Friday 30th March 2018

Playwright – TBC

Poet – TBC


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