Curriculum for Excellence Resources

This performance invites you to explore the concept of family, what it means to care and be cared for, supporting work around relationships in Health and Wellbeing. The incredible filming locations offer a taste of the glory of Scotland’s natural environment, with potential links to work in Social Studies. The approach to dance and movement in a natural environment could also support learning in Expressive Arts and Outdoor Education.

Opportunities for learning and curriculum links

Health and Wellbeing

I know that friendship, caring, sharing, fairness, equality and love are important in building positive relationships. As I develop and value relationships, I care and show respect for myself and others. 

HWB 0-05a / HWB 1-05a / HWB 2-05a

I understand positive things about friendships and relationships but when something worries or upsets me I know who I should talk to. 

HWB 0-44b / HWB 1-44b 

I am aware that positive friendships and relationships can promote health and the health and wellbeing of others. 

HWB 2-44b 

I know that there are people in our lives who care for and look after us and I am aware that people may be cared for by parents, carers or other adults. 

HWB 0-45a / HWB 1-45a 

I can describe the role of a parent/carer and the skills, commitment and qualities the role requires. 

HWB 2-51a 


Social Studies

I can describe and recreate the characteristics of my local environment by exploring the features of the landscape. 

SOC 1-07a 

I can describe the major characteristic features of Scotland’s landscape and explain how these are formed. 

SOC 2-07a 

By exploring a natural environment different from my own, I can discover how the physical features influence the variety of living things. 

SOC 1-13b 

I can explain how the physical environment influences the ways in which people use land by comparing my local area with a contrasting area. 

SOC 2-13a 

Expressive Arts (Dance)

Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express my ideas, thoughts and feelings through creative work in dance. 

EXA 1-09a / EXA 2-09a

I can respond to the experience of dance by discussing my thoughts and feelings. I can give and accept constructive comment on my own and others’ work. 

EXA 1-11a / EXA 2-11a

Class Stage
Curriculum Links
Expressive Arts
Health and Wellbeing
Social Studies
Your School
Duration: 35 min
Seating: Cushion Seating
Your School
Video installation in your school hall followed by outdoor workshop
  • Monday 9 May
  • Tuesday 10 May
  • Wednesday 11 May
  • Thursday 12 May
Traverse Theatre
Duration: 35 min
Seating: Cushion Seating
Traverse Theatre
Edinburgh, EH1 2ED
  • Friday 13 May 15:00
  • Friday 13 May 16:00
  • Friday 13 May 18:00
  • Friday 13 May 19:00
  • Saturday 14 May 10:00
  • Saturday 14 May 11:00
  • Saturday 14 May 12:00
  • Saturday 14 May 13:00
  • Saturday 14 May 15:00
  • Saturday 14 May 16:00
  • Saturday 14 May 17:00

Family Portrait is a four screen video installation work, combining striking imagery and choreography, capturing Barrowland Ballet’s Artistic Director Natasha Gilmore and her three children in an intimate portrayal of family life. 

With space to roam, her children encounter rabbit skulls, converse with spiders, make war paint with berries and discover the fun of burying their mother in bark. With humour and candour, the work shares an honest depiction of what family really is - responsibility, joy, balance, intimacy and, most of all, love. 

Filmed in the splendour of Scotland’s natural environment.

Read about one Orkney school's fabulous experience of Family Portrait here.

"It is as pure a picture of joy and love as they come." ★★★★★ The Stage

Dazzling and full of depth... a powerful narrative, through images and movement, about motherhood and creativity, and the relationship between the two” ★★★★ The Scotsman


Supported by Walter Scott & Partners Giving Group



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