Theatre in Schools Scotland


Theatre in School Scotland, one year on.

Theatre in Schools Scotland is a pilot project run by Imaginate and the National Theatre of Scotland, in partnership with Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Visible Fictions and Starcatchers to support and develop the provision of theatre in Scotland’s schools.

This pilot has been created initially to explore different models for touring theatre and dance into schools. The ultimate aspiration of the project would be that every child in Scotland receives - at their nursery or school - a minimum of one performing arts production, per year, as a core part of their education. A huge challenge!

During the first year, we toured two award-winning, internationally recognised Scottish productions, Martha  by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and Shopping for Shoes by Visible Fictions.  The shows visited 60 primary schools across 26 local authorities, reaching an audience of 10,697 children and teachers. The tours enabled us to test some ideas and talk to new teachers, local authority departments and support organisations about what might work in their schools.

Read the summary of Year One Report here.

In the autumn of 2017, Year 2 of the pilot, Theatre in Schools Scotland will tour Up to Speed, produced and created by Rosalind Sydney, and Visible Fictions’ production of Jason and the Argonauts. Catherine Wheel’s The Story of the Little Gentleman will complement the programme and provide more choice for the schools.

In order to discover the potential of the sector and to develop plans for this project, we would like to hear from Scottish performing companies with experience of touring into schools in Scotland or companies keen to develop this part of their work. We would also like to hear from teachers who would be interested in helping us to plan our programme and resources.

An open call-out with opportunities for future participation will be announced in June.

The Theatre in Schools Scotland website contains further information on the project and the productions on tour.

Anna Derricourt
Associate Producer
Theatre in Schools Scotland