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 work like a book group but for live performance.

Each year, we will recruit a group of teachers (from state-run primary, secondary and ASN schools in Edinburgh) who will attend a range of performances over the year together. Following the shows, they 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. The group will also discuss how the shows could enhance and inform teaching practice by:

  • Bringing a class to see a theatre or dance performance 
  • Incorporating aspects of the discussion into your practice
  • Developing creative activities and tasks around the themes of a performance

The group will meet some of Scotland's key industry professionals including artists, designers, programmers, critics and production staff. The project will be co-designed with the group and will involve developing practical skills to enable them to confidently explore live performance both as an individual and as a teacher.

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

Selected teachers will be asked to bring a colleague with them to sessions - someone who is not currently engaging with the arts, or lacks confidence in how to talk about performance.

The ten teachers for 2019 have been selected and will be announced here soon.  They will meet for the first time on Friday 15 March before attending a programme of performances at Edinburgh International Children's Festival in May and at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

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.