A Small Tale with Punchdrunk Enrichment (2023)

Photo by Stephen Dobbie
Photo by Stephen Dobbie
“After seeing how engaged and excited my pupils were throughout A Small Tale, it has made me see the value of using creativity as a tool for engagement.”

—Participating teacher in A Small Tale 2019

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Punchdrunk Enrichment to bring A Small Tale: A Teacher-led Adventure to Scotland. A Small Tale is an exciting Punchdrunk Enrichment project for Primary 2-5 classes aiming to inspire and develop imaginative teaching practices for literacy; placing the teacher at the centre of the creativity.

In A Small Tale, the teacher and their class read an old picture book about two tiny characters (Abe and Alba) who disappear from the book the following day leaving the pages blank, except for tiny footprints… The pupils are then asked to help find them through writing tasks.

Each school will receive online training from Punchdrunk Enrichment as well as a box of props to help teachers recreate the magic in their school.

How to take part

We are delivering A Small Tale in between February and April 2023, with a CPD session taking place on Friday 24th February. 

To express your interest in taking part, email Anna Broomfield (Schools & Communities Project Coordinator) by Wednesday 8th February.

A Small Tale is available at a discounted rate of £200 +VAT thanks to subsidy from Imaginate. 

The project is also available as a package with a Theatre in Schools Scotland performance and access to the Edinburgh International Children's Festival Digital programme through Explore - In School.


Since 2000, Punchdrunk has pioneered a game changing form of theatre in which roaming audiences experience epic storytelling inside sensory theatrical worlds. Blending classic texts, physical performance, award-winning design installation and unexpected sites, the company's infectious format rejects the passive obedience usually expected of audiences.

Punchdrunk has developed a phenomenal reputation for transformative productions that focus as much on the audience and the performance space as on the performers and narrative. Inspired designers occupy deserted buildings and apply a cinematic level of detail to immerse the audience in the world of the show.

Punchdrunk Enrichment takes the company's innovative practice into communities and schools, creating performances with and for children, young people and participants. Integral to the creation of this work is the same commitment to exemplary design and performance that defines Punchdrunk’s large-scale productions for adult audiences.

If you would like to talk about Imaginate's programme of work with schools, email Anna Broomfield (Schools & Communities Project Coordinator).