Teachers' Theatre Club

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Photo by Kirsty Robertson

As an experienced teacher I have sought an opportunity like this for a long time now. This opportunity excites me greatly as it opens a line of communication which may help structure the types and choices of performances available to our young people. I work in a deprived area of Edinburgh and as a proactive artist myself and a full time Drama teacher I am always looking for opportunities for my learners.

—TTC member

Teachers' Theatre Club (TTC) is a new 3-year project run in partnership between Imaginate and Edinburgh Festival Fringe that aims to encourage Edinburgh’s teachers to see more live performance, develop their critical thinking skills, become more confident in discussing this with their students and in turn, inspire their classes to do the same.

Applications will open soon for TTC 2020, please contact Kirsty Robertson, Schools Project Manager, for futher details.

The group's exciting programme for 2019 includes:

Visits to Edinburgh International Children’s Festival

The group saw three very different shows: Us/Them (Bronks and Richard Jordan Productions), The Invisible Man (Theatre Artemis) and This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (Stellar Quines). Teachers not only watched the productions but also took part in Q&As and discussion sessions with artistic directors and performers from the companies. There was also plenty of time for socialising, networking and soaking up the festival atmosphere!

Visits during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 

The Fringe programme was made up of six shows, all selected from a shortlist by the teachers and seen over two full days: Buzz (Kopergietery), Burgerz (Travis and Hackney Showroom), Bromance (Barely Methodical Troupe), Electrolyte (Wildcard), Louder is Not Always Clearer (Mr and Mrs Clark featuring Jonny Cotsen), and Who Cares (LUNG and The Lowry).  Again, teachers took part in facilitated discussions with the creative team of all six performances and had social time together to talk about the work.

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Visits to performances outwith the festivals
Exploring the Autumn season at the Traverse Theatre the TTC will see:

The Drift by Hannah Lavery
Atlantis Banal: Beneath the Surface by Shona Reppe 

The teachers will meet with Jenny Lindsey (performance poet, event producer), Hannah Lavery and Shona Reppe to talk about these performances, both made and performed by two fantastic artists making work in Scotland.

As well as seeing performances, teachers get the opportunity to meet some of Scotland's key industry professionals including artists, designers, programmers, critics and production staff. Teachers taking part in the project benefit from:

  • Sessions counting towards staff CLPL requirements
  • Using critical thinking skills in an arts setting
  • Enhancing the learning experiences of their learners
  • Increased confidence in engaging with live performing arts
  • Developing a network of arts professionals and organisations

Our 2019 Teachers’ Theatre Club members are:

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Emily Bowerman – Tynecastle High School
Amanda Carmichael – Canal View Primary School
Jacqui Crawford – Queensferry High School
Norry Leonard - Victoria Primary School
Serena Jagpal – Pentland Primary School
Tanya McLaughlin – Corstorphine Primary School 
Lisa Macleod – Royal High Primary School
Judith Neeson – Forrester High School
Ann Russell – Woodlands Special School
Fiona Walker – Bonaly Primary School

Each TTC member is also asked to bring a colleague to each session - ideally someone who is not currently engaging with the arts, or lacks confidence in how to talk about performance. We hope everyone goes away from the sessions inspired to bring live performance into their school and with a new skill or piece of information to share with their class.

There will be a call out for teachers in 2019, 2020 and 2021, if you would like to find out more please contact our Schools Project Manager Kirsty Robertson.

Teachers' Theatre Club is part of Imaginate's Inspiring Schools programme and is supported by the PLACE programme, funded by the Scottish Government, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals, and supported and administered by Creative Scotland.