Teachers Theatre Club

Photo by Kirsty Robertson
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.

—TTC1 participant

Teachers Theatre Club (TTC) is a 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.

Each year, participants attend performances at the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and take part in discussions. 

As well as seeing performances, teachers have 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

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.

The project completed its first year in February 2020 - you can read more about Year 1 here - and a new cohort was recruited in early 2020. As a result of Covid, the year 2 programme has so far been run online. You can read more about Year 2 progresses here.

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.