Curriculum for Excellence Resources

This performance offers a unique entry point from which to explore the nature of peer pressure, the impact of fake news and the roles and responsibilities of modern mass-media. These themes and the multi-media approaches in this production will support work in Literacy, Health & Wellbeing, Topical Science, and Expressive Arts.

Opportunities for learning and curriculum links


To help me develop an informed view, I can distinguish fact from opinion, and I am learning to recognise when my sources try to influence me and how useful these are. 

LIT 2-08a / LIT 2-18a

To help me develop an informed view, I am learning about the techniques used to influence opinion and how to assess the value of my sources, and I can recognise persuasion. 

LIT 3-08a  / LIT 3-18a


Health & Wellbeing

I know that popular culture, the media and peer groups as well as my own attitudes and values can influence how I feel about substance use* and recognise the impact this may have on my actions. 

HWB 2-39a / HWB 3-39a

* although not directly exploring substance misuse the themes of the show offer a unique starting point for conversations around peer influence and the impact of social media.


Topical Science

I can report and comment on current scientific news items to develop my knowledge and understanding of topical science. 

SCN 2-20b 

Through research and discussion, I have contributed to evaluations of media items with regard to scientific content and ethical implications. 

SCN 3-20b 

Expressive Arts

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

EXA 2-07a / EXA 3-07a

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

EXA 2-11a / EXA 2-15a / EXA 3-11a / EXA 3-15a

Class Stage
Curriculum Links
Expressive Arts
Health and Wellbeing
Literacy and English
The Studio
Duration: 50 min
Seating: Theatre seating

Warning: Contains flashing images, loud music and jump scares. Contains descriptions and depictions of issues related to mental health, neurodivergence and neurological disorders.

The Studio
22 Potterrow, Edinburgh, EH8 9BL
  • Monday 9 May 13:30
  • Monday 9 May 19:00
  • Tuesday 10 May 10:30
  • Tuesday 10 May 13:30
  • Wednesday 11 May 13:30
  • Wednesday 11 May 19:00
  • Thursday 12 May 9:45
The Hope River Girls on Tour
  • Saturday 14 May 19:00
25 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE
Mull Theatre
  • Tuesday 26 April 13:00
  • Tuesday 26 April 19:00
Mull Theatre
An Tobar & Mull Theatre, Druimfin , Tobermory, PA75 6QB
Macrobert Arts Centre
  • Thursday 28 April 13:00
  • Thursday 28 April 19:00
Macrobert Arts Centre
Stirling, FK9 4LA
Byre Theatre
  • Friday 29 April 19:00
Byre Theatre
The Byre Theatre , St Andrews , KY16 9LA
Eden Court
  • Tuesday 3 May 13:30
  • Tuesday 3 May 19:00
Eden Court
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, IV3 5SA
Lyth Arts Centre
  • Wednesday 4 May 19:00
  • Friday 6 May 10:45
Lyth Arts Centre
Lyth, Wick, KW1 4UD
  • Friday 13 May 13:00
  • Friday 13 May 19:00
The Bridge, Glasgow , G34 9JW

Commissioned by Imaginate, supported by Tramway

Hope River, upstate New York. A group of 24 schoolgirls begin behaving strangely and mirroring each other.  As the girls’ behaviour begins to draw the attention of parents, teachers and even the national news, the town quickly becomes a hotbed of fascination, fear and mistrust. Is there something in the water, in the soil or something much darker?

Inspired by real events, The Hope River Girls combines explosive choreography, video and text to examine how something as natural as teenage girls coming of age can become wholly unnatural and a subject of national scrutiny. 

The Hope River Girls is a reconceived version for young audiences of groupwork’s multi award-winning 2019 debut, The Afflicted. The new work is commissioned by Imaginate and funded through the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund.

Watch an interview with the creative team below:

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