Inspiring Schools - Teachers' Theatre Club

c. Colin Hattersley

Teachers' Theatre Club 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. 

The group's exciting programme includes:

Visits at the 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 will 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 included: Buzz (Kopergietery), Bromance (Barely Methodical Troupe), Electrolyte (Wildcard). Again, teachers took part in facilitated discussions about the work they saw, building up their experience and confidence to talk about performance and how they respond to the work.

Visits to other arts venues in the Autumn season

The programme for this is currently being selected by the teachers.

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:

Each of them 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 new teachers for 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.