Theatre in Schools Scotland

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Theatre in Schools Scotland is a new initiative, to support and develop the provision of theatre in Scotland’s schools, with the ultimate aim of ensuring 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.

The initiative has been created initially as a pilot project exploring different models for touring theatre into schools.

In 2017, Year 2 of the pilot, the two main touring shows for Theatre in Schools Scotland 2017 are Up to Speed, produced and created by Rosalind Sydney, in association with Catherine Wheels and Visible Fictions’ Jason and the Argonauts. In Year 2 we will also pilot an ‘in association’ production model with our partner organisations, which sees Catherine Wheel’s Lost at Sea tour schools from January to April 2017.

During the first year, Theatre in Schools Scotland toured two award-winning, internationally recognised Scottish productions, Martha presented by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and Shopping for Shoes by Visible Fictions. The shows toured to 60 primary schools across 26 local authorities, reaching an audience of 10,697 children and teachers. The first pilot year was supported by a host of regional partners and local authorities as well as receiving sponsorship from the Scottish Salmon Company and Arts & Business Scotland.

Read the Year 1 Report here.
Lucy Mason from NTS also wrote an article about this in Arts Professional magazine.

Theatre in Schools Scotland has been developed by Imaginate and the National Theatre of Scotland, in partnership with leading performing arts companies/organisations for children and young people; Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Visible Fictions and Starcatchers.

To find out more or ask how your school can get involved, please contact TISS@imaginate.org.uk