Teachers' Theatre Club


4 February 10.00


Theatre Club members should keep these dates free:

  • First get together: planning meeting – 15 March 2019, 15.00
  • Edinburgh International Children’s Festival – 29 May, 19.00 – 21.00 and 31 May, 13.30 – 20.00
  • Fringe planning meeting – 17 June, 16.00 – 18.00
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe – 02 – 26 August (2 sessions - dates tbc)
  • Teacher’s Theatre Club October session (date tbc)
  • Teacher’s Theatre Club December session (date tbc)

4 February 10.00

How to apply

To take part in this opportunity, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Your Head teacher is required to fully support your application, and to sign off your application form.
  • Some shows will take place on a Friday afternoon, however, you must commit to seeing performances during evening and weekends, as well as during school holidays.
  • You must commit to attending the first planning meeting on 15 March at 15.00.
  • You must be teaching in an Edinburgh City Council school between January – December 2019.

To apply, please complete the online form on the Fringe website.

Applications are open for teachers working in state-run primary, secondary and ASN schools in Edinburgh, to take part in our first Teachers Theatre Club, in partnership with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Selected teachers will have the opportunity to attend a range of live performances in Edinburgh over eight months. Following each show, the group will take part in facilitated discussions about the work they have seen, building up their experience and confidence in talking about the quality of different performances. The group will also discuss how the shows could enhance and inform teaching practice by:

  • Bringing a class to see a theatre or dance performance 
  • Incorporating aspects of the discussion into your practice
  • Developing creative activities and tasks around the themes of a performance

The group will meet some of Scotland's key industry professionals including artists, designers, programmers, critics and production staff. Selected teachers will be required to demonstrate an enquiring and critical approach to the work seen and be expected to draw links to their own practice and to actively share their ideas on this. The project will be co-designed with the group and will involve developing practical skills to enable participants to confidently explore live performance both as an individual and as a teacher.

Teachers taking part in the project will benefit from:

  • Sessions counting towards staff CLPL requirements
  • Using critical thinking skills in an arts setting
  • Enhancing the learning experiences of their learners
  • Increased confidence in engaging with live performing arts
  • Developing a network of arts professionals and organisations

The following will be included in the programme, free of charge:

  • Tickets to all shows
  • Cost of transport to all shows on public transport
  • Refreshments
  • Supply cover, caring or childcare costs if required
  • Adjustments required to ensure shows are accessible to you

Bring a colleague!

Participating teachers will be asked to bring a different colleague to sessions - someone who is not currently engaging with the arts, or lacks confidence in how to talk about performance.