I am Tiger
Oliver Emanuel, Produced by Perth Theatre
12-16 yrs

Curriculum for Excellence Resources

Through a mixture of metaphor and magical realism this production offers a unique insight into the very real impact of suicide and grief, and the devastating results of silence on our mental health.  A powerful opportunity to explore some of the very real issues facing our modern society, naturally supporting work around emotional Health and Wellbeing.

Opportunities for learning and curriculum links

Health and Wellbeing

I am aware of and able to express my feelings and am developing the ability to talk about them. 

HWB HWB 2-01a / HWB 3-01a 

I know that we all experience a variety of thoughts and emotions that affect how we feel and behave and I am learning ways of managing them. 

HWB 2-02a / HWB 3-02a 

I understand that there are people I can talk to and that there are a number of ways in which I can gain access to practical and emotional support to help me and others in a range of circumstances. 

HWB 2-03a / HWB 3-03a 

I understand that my feelings and reactions can change depending upon what is happening within and around me. This helps me to understand my own behaviour and the way others behave. 

HWB 2-04a / HWB 3-04a 

I understand the importance of mental wellbeing and that this can be fostered and strengthened through personal coping skills and positive relationships. I know that it is not always possible to enjoy good mental health and that if this happens there is support available. 

HWB 2-06a / HWB 3-06a

I am learning skills and strategies which will support me in challenging times, particularly in relation to change and loss. 

HWB 2-07a / HWB 3-07a 

Class Stage
Curriculum Links
Health and Wellbeing
Traverse 1
Duration: 50 min
Seating: Theatre seating

BSL interpretation by Amy Cheskin on Tues 10 May 19:00

Traverse 1
  • Monday 9 May 13:45
  • Monday 9 May 18:45
  • Tuesday 10 May 13:45
  • Tuesday 10 May 19:00
  • Wednesday 11 May 9:45
I am Tiger on Tour
Perth Theatre
  • Thursday 5 May 13:30
  • Friday 6 May 11:00
  • Saturday 7 May 14:30
  • Saturday 7 May 19:00
Perth Theatre
Perth Theatre, Perth , PH1 5HZ

Commissioned by Imaginate and Horsecross Arts T/A Perth Theatre

A month after losing her big brother to suicide, Laura’s parents buy her a pet tiger. They never explain the tiger and never discuss Laura’s big brother. Not ever. It’s like Laura’s big brother didn’t exist. And having a pet tiger is illegal for a reason. Soon things start to spiral out of control… as things tend to do with feelings of grief… and tigers…

Inspired by two facts – that the number one killer of men in the UK under 40 is suicide, and that there are now more tigers kept as pets than live in the wild – this is a drama about how to survive when the worst has happened. Heart-breaking, comic and thought-provoking, I Am Tiger is about trying to live with loss, how keeping wild animals at home will quickly increase your shopping bills, and why keeping silent is not always the best solution.

There will be a creative writing workshop and resources available to support pupils and teachers on the themes raised in this show.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised, you can contact the Samaritans who provide a safe place to talk 24 hours a day. Phone 116 123.


Please click here to access:

  • Further information about the show/We Are Tiger project/Perth Theatre/Imaginate
  • Links to resources for teacher/parent/carers supporting young people experiencing grief/concerned about a young person at risk of suicide
  • A ‘Get Help’ page – links to organisations that offer further support around grief and suicide prevention and awareness


I am Tiger will also be showing in Perth Theatre from 5 -7 May. Please contact the venue directly to book tickets on 01738 621031.

This work has been developed and supported by the Scottish Government's Festivals Expo Fund and Imaginate’s Accelerator programme. Accelerator is supported by the PLACE programme, funded by the Scottish Government (through Creative Scotland), the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals.

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