A Small Tale with Punchdrunk Enrichment


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, contact Fiona Ferguson Creative Development Director.

Photo by Paul Cochrane and Stephen Dobbie

“I had pages of writing from children who usually struggle to put pen to paper.” 

—Year 3 Teacher, 2016

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Punchdrunk Enrichment to bring A Small Tale:A Teacher-led Advenutre to Scotland for the first time.  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.

We are delighted to have nine schools taking part in the project; seven schools in Edinburgh - Gilmerton, Newcraighall, Liberton, Towerbank, Longstone, Perniehall Primary School and Bun Sgoil Taobh na Pàirce - and and two from Aberdeen - Bramble Brae and Skene Square Primary school (who are being supported by the Early Intervention & Community Empowerment at Aberdeen City Council)

Taobh na Pàirce, Edinburgh's Gaelic school will use the project to expand the range of stimulus used by teachers to encourage and progress the writing experience of their primary four classes, some of whom who will be introduced to English writing/reading for the first time. 

The 21 participating teachers joined us on 11 of January 2019 in Edinburgh to receive a CLPL training day with Punchdrunk Enrichment, giving them the skills, resources and confidence to deliver the project in their schools during the spring term 2019.