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, become more confident in discussing this with their students and in turn, inspire their classes to do the same.
We are delighted to announce our 2019 Teachers’ Theatre Club members:
- 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 Schoo
- Lisa Macleod – Royal High Primary School
- Judith Neeson – Forrester High School
- Ann Russell – Woodlands Special School
- Fiona Walker – Bonaly Primary School
The group have an exciting year ahead – first up is Edinburgh International Children’s Festival. The group will be seeing 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 will not only watch the production but will also take part in Q&As and discussion sessions with artistic directors and performers from the companies. There will also be plenty of time for socialising, networking and soaking up the festival atmosphere!
The group will reconvene in August 2019 and watch a number of live performances as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Again, teachers will take part in facilitated discussions about the work they have seen, building up their experience and confidence to talk about performance and how they respond to the work. We hope that by meeting some of Scotland's key industry professionals including artists, designers, programmers, critics and production staff, teachers will in turn increase their confidence in engaging with live performance and develop their critical thinking skills.
Our core teachers taking part in the project will 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
Each of our ten teachers will be asked to bring a colleague with them to each session - thinking about 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.