Project Bambert


A Creative Learning Project inspired by this year's festival show Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories by Barking Gecko Theatre Company.

For P4 – S1 classes

Schools across Edinburgh were invited to apply to be part of this exciting creative learning project in which they will work with professional artists to explore the world of theatre design and develop their own unique creative response to the production.  Watch this space for more information about the schools who were selected and the artists who will work with them.

Each class will be sent one of Bambert's stories and a video challenge before they spend a day with two designers in their class to create shoe box designs in response to their favourite 'scenes' from the story. The class will then go and watch Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories at the Festival. The final part of the project will be to learn more about evaluating a piece of theatre through a post-show workshop facilitated by a professional theatre maker.  

Participating schools

The following schools have been selected to take part in Project Bambert:

The Royal High Primary School (2 x Primary 5 classes)
Davidson's Mains Primary School (3 x Primary 5 classes)
Canal View Primary School (2 x Primary 4 classes)
Dalry Primary School (2 x Primary 6 classes)
Boroughmuir High School (2 x S2 Art & Design Enrichment classes)

Project Bambert Artists

Claire Halleran - is an in demand set and costume designer who is also co-founder of The Envelope Room, a Scottish organisation established to support and promote professional theatrical designers.  She has years of experience working in the young audiences sector including designing productions with Platform, Visible Fictions, Frozen Charlotte Productions, the National Theatre of Scotland, Wee Stories, Fish & Game and Cultured Mongrel Dance Theatre.  Claire is working on Project Bambert as the lead artist to design the workshops and create a video challenge for the participating schools.  

Alison Brown is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, and has worked as a designer and costume/prop maker within theatre for over 20 years. Most recently she has worked with companies such as Barrowland Ballet, Catherine Wheels, Dundee Rep, Grid Iron, Lung Ha's, Mamoru Iriguchi, The Macrobert, Scottish Dance Theatre and Shona Reppe. She has worked on productions that have toured extensively throughout the world.

Yvonne Buskie graduated from the School of Drawing & Painting, (Edinburgh College of Art). Her current practice is one of collaborating with theatre, dance and visual art practitioners. Having worked as a theatre stage manager for many years, she is interested in blurring the lines between gallery and theatre, performer and maker.

Elspeth Chapman is a designer and theatre maker based in Edinburgh. She studied Performance Costume at Edinburgh College of Art and since graduation last year has worked for Red Bridge Arts/Traverse Theatre, Macrobert Arts Centre and Frozen Charlotte Productions. She has a special interest in making performances for children and young people as this age group have such open minds and vast imaginations: there is huge scope for exploration and pushing boundaries. Her experience working with children includes volunteering for the Imaginate Festival, working with the Starcatchers project ‘Expecting Something’ and running weekly children’s storytelling sessions at Golden Hare Books.

Anna Orton graduated from Bristol Old Vic theatre School in 2016. Works since 2015 and upcoming set/costume design projects include: The last Queen of Scotland Director Jemima Levick, Messiah Director Tom Morris, Block Director Toby Hulse, Meadows to Meaders Director Lisa Gregan, All That we Found Here Director Sarah Bradley, Champ Director Jesse Jones, King Lear Director Tom Morris, Trojan Women Director Sally Cookson.  Prior to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Orton was a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee where she studied fine art. In Dundee she supported her art practice by working throughout the arts in diverse roles, including; lecturing, arts support worker, community education…

Orton’s art practice now consists of working with her two sisters, predominately in performance art, under the collaboration ortonandon.

Valerie Reid is a Visual designer for performance and print, who likes making art with everything from people to computers to torn up paper.   Trained at Edinburgh College of Art, gaining a BA (Hons) in Art & Design.  She spent some years as an arts administrator, working creatively in her spare time before embarking on a freelance design career in 2014 which has included print, identity and digital design, art installations for commissioned projects (From Here, 2014) and theatre and dance performance design – including work with Junk Ensemble (Bird with Boy, 2011 & 2012 Dublin, 2016 UK Tour, Sometimes We Break, 2012) and Megan Kennedy (Marble & Bread, 2015); and works for young audiences with Lyra Theatre (Rebecca’s Midnight, 2012) and Hannah Venet (Trio, 2015). Passionate about all forms of visual art and how they can be fused together and influence each other; particularly in graphic design, performance and installation design, printmaking, photography and film.  Interested in exploring cross-artform and interactive practice using skills learnt in conceptual, abstract and personal ways.

Margarita Vazquez Ponte is a Scottish/Spanish visual artist. She is interested in socially engaged art with a slant towards sharing knowledge and engaging with the community, often using film and photography as a medium. She has collaborated in various cross disciplinary Art and Theatre workshops in several Edinburgh Schools and has led and participated in various Imaginate events collaborating with schools and young people.  She has also curated and lead workshops for children and young people in Medellin, Colombia, Biella and Venice, Italy.  For 9 years she has collaborated with the Italian Zegna Foundation curating and teaching art workshops in two orphanage schools in Andhra Pradesh, India with an emphasis on sustainable practice.

If you would like to find out more about this project, contact Fiona Ferguson (Creative Development Director)