Curriculum for Excellence Resources

An introduction to the magic of planet earth, invention and the human body, this atmospheric performance will explore themes of Technologies, Social Studies, and Science.

Opportunities for learning and curriculum links

I can recognise a variety of materials and suggest an appropriate material for a specific use. TCH 1-10a

Expressive Arts
I can respond to the experience of drama by discussing my thoughts and feelings. I can give and accept constructive comment on my own and others work. EXA 1-15a 

I have experienced the energy and excitement of presenting/performing for audiences and being part of an audience for other people’s presentations/performances. EXA 1-01a

Social Studies
I can consider ways of looking after my school or community and can encourage others to care for their environment. SOC 1-08a

Literacy (Listening and Talking)
I can show my understanding of what I listen to or watch by responding to and asking different kinds of questions. LIT 1-07a

Class Stage
Curriculum Links
Expressive Arts
Literacy and English
Social Studies
The Studio at Festival Theatre
Duration: 55 min incl. Q&A
Seating: Theatre seating
The Studio at Festival Theatre
22 Potterrow, Edinburgh, EH8 9BL
  • Monday 27 May 10:45
  • Monday 27 May 13:15
  • Tuesday 28 May 10:45
  • Tuesday 28 May 13:15
  • Wednesday 29 May 10:45
  • Wednesday 29 May 13:15

Inspired by the world-famous textbook Orbis Pictus, Cabinet of Miracles is a theatrical introduction to planet Earth. Following the format of ancient cabinets of curiosities, the actors explore and present artefacts which come to life via the oldest and most traditional puppet tricks. Through this theatrical magic, the audience is drawn to examine the greatest miracles of life.

We wonder at human discoveries and inventions – books, fans, cogs, metronomes – as well as the beauty of the human body, and the greatest miracle of all, the planet Earth and its function in space.

Access Information

  • Set design: The stage consists of a large, folding wooden cabinet evoking the ancient Cabinet of Curiosities, which hides a small puppet theatre + four historical chairs.
  • Performers: 5 performers - 2 women +3 men manipulating with various objects and demonstrating old puppetry techniques and tricks.
  • Lights: Chamber theatrical lighting, carrying elements of mystery and surprise.
  • Experience: The performance offers an intimate experience, colored by subtle humor.
  • Capacity: 98

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