•• Producers of the Future ••

Producers of the Future is our long term creative skills development programme that has been running since 2011.  During that time we have worked with more than 7,000 young people from across Dumfries & Galloway, as well as leading 87 young people through work placements on our festivals, on the stage, in the press office or leading some of our ground-breaking community performances.  The programme has been funded by the Holywood Trust and Creative Scotland.

Check our our Trainee Producer programme for 2021 below.

You can find out more information here.

Our Past Projects 

2011 –  We launch the company and work with secondary schools to offer young people lots of way to take part in performing arts. Ten young people work with us as young actors in a performance about Calvin Harris called Red or Dead.


2012 –  Five young people came on board to take part in a major community project that would run in 24 schools throughout South Scotland.  Taking roles in Stage Management,  Acting, Producing and Community Arts.


2013 – Six performance makers take part in our performance making lab which runs in the hills of Dumfries & Galloway as part of an incubation programme ran by Bryony Kimmings (Fake it’til you make it), Rob Drummer (The Bush) & Selina Cartmell (The Gate).  Work was presented across Scotland.


2014 – Our first Associate Artist programme runs for a year , which included directing a piece of work as part of the National Theatre Connections programme.



2015 –  Seven young people became Associate Artists leading to a broad range of work in different community settings, including our Creative Schools project as well leading different parts of our work.



2016 –  We pilot the first ever Creative Modern Apprenticeship in Community Arts with Fife College and we work with 24 young people in our festival office leading every part of our business alongside industry professionals.

You can read a write up about our programme here



2017 – We developed a cross-border programme that run in Dumfries & Carlisle and offered young people paid work-based placements at festivals in January and August.



2018 –  Three Associate Producers take part in our year-long training programme, we develop the Creative Sparks commission in Carlisle, we deliver Producer Training for University of Glasgow, University of Cumbria and a growing network of emerging producers.   Graham Main works with London International Festival of Theatre and the British Council by leading the International Festival Academy for Producers in Brazil.

We then went on to produce Offski which included 28 young people from South Scotland as part of the Regional Ensemble.  The piece was produced by Jack Finlay.

Offski took place under the vaults of the Crichton Church (Dumfries.)



2019 – Five trainee producers work with us in paid roles across Administration, Producing, Queer Culture and Festival Management.We develop the third edition of Queer Haggis

2020 –  We are re-developing our project to be re-launched in 2021 with 8 paid training commissions for emerging producers, makers and creators.  We will be announcing the recruitment steps in the coming months.  If you want to find out about it – email programming@bigburnssupper.com

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