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We are delighted to announce that Belinda McElhinney has been appointed to undertake a PhD over the next three-year in partnership with the University of Aberdeen, on the following topic: Valuing Young Audience: how children experience and value live theatre and dance, and why it matters. This research project seeks to explore and evidence the value of watching theatre and dance for children as audience members in a school setting and in an arts venue. It will use a combination of ethnographic tools including participant observation, semi-structured interviews and workshops to engage with children, teachers, parents and artists to understand the children’s experiences. 

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Three artists based in Scotland have been selected to take part in an international residency on the subject of ‘Failure’, as part of Imaginate’s Creative-Europe funded project PUSH+.

Edinburgh-based dancer and theatre maker Emma Jayne Park, Inverness-based circus artist and director Ellie Dubois, and Glasgow-based performance maker Eoin McKenzie will join another twelve artists from four different countries (Belgium, Norway, Ireland and Denmark) for the 10-day artist residency.

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Niroshini Thambar (PUSH artist) writes about representation in theatre for young audiences as part of her reflections on the Migration Lab.

This blog has appeared on the ASSITEJ website here.

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Rosa is one of two Launchpad artists with Imaginate, here she talks about her recent trip to Krokusfestival in Belgium.

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Rona's final blog post about her work in progress and final reflections on her residency experience (in Gàidhlig and English).

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Rona reflects on her visit to Export/Import Festival at Bronks in Brussels (in Gàidhlig and English).

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Rona talks about her experience of running workshops with Primary 3 pupils at Taobh na Pàirce (in Gàidhlig and English).

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Our PhD student Katie Hawthorne is discovering the treasure-trove of the Scottish Theatre Archive at Glasgow University, and meeting with a raft of people from Imaginate's past.

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As Imaginate prepares to celebrate its 30th birthday, PhD student Katie Hawthorne is creating an interactive archive to open up 30 years of Imaginate’s history to the public. In this series of blogs, she shares her experience of rummaging through boxes, dusting off photo albums and finding hidden gems...

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Imaginate has announced the programme for its 30th anniversary year, which will feature an enhanced Children’s Festival programme including an immersive production from ground-breaking Punchdrunk, two new commissions from Scottish theatre makers, an exciting year-round schools programme, new international partnerships and more development opportunities for artists.

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As part of the City of Edinburgh Council's 2050 Edinburgh City Vision, our Festival Director outlines his vision for a better, more equal city, one where children and young people are valued citizens who have access to a varied cultural life.

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Another blog from Clare McGarry reflecting on the creation and tour of Cosmopot, her new production for age 5+.

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As part of an effort to promote the highly regarded children’s theatre and dance sector internationally, Imaginate and Creative Scotland are supporting a delegation of Scottish artists, producers and companies making work for young audiences to the prestigious International Performing Arts for Youth showcase event in Philadelphia, IPAY 2019, from 15-19 Jan 2019.

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Clare talks about her second phase of r&d for Cosmopot

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Clare talks about her first development week for Cosmopot

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Imaginate have secured a Country Spotlight at the prestigious 2019 IPAY showcase of theatre and dance for young audiences in Philadelphia, USA.

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Every school pupil from P4-S1 on the Isle of Mull will be seeing Is this a Dagger? next week with Theatre in Schools Scotland, thanks to extra financial support from Comar and The Touring Network.

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