Inspiring Schools - Teachers' Theatre Club

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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, 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
Juliette Cinna – Kaimes School
Jacqui Crawford – Queensferry High 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

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.

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.