Four touring productions for children, in partnership with Theatre in Schools Scotland, announced for 2017/18.

The National Theatre of Scotland and Imaginate in partnership with Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Starcatchers and Visible Fiction are delighted to announce that four acclaimed productions for children are to tour primary schools Scotland-wide in autumn 2017 and spring 2018. This is part of the second year of the Theatre in Schools Scotland pilot project, supported by The Scottish Salmon Company. 

A new dedicated Theatre In Schools Scotland website for educators and theatre-makers has been launched, providing production and school booking information alongside teacher’s resources. There is an open call out to Scottish theatre companies to become part of the initiative, to help us grow and reach as many young people as possible.

Theatre in Schools Scotland was launched as a three year pilot project in 2016 to resounding positivity at its ambition to create and test a touring and producing model that could ultimately bring one piece of high quality theatre to every school child in Scotland, each year.

The Theatre in Schools Scotland initiative has been developed by the team at Imaginate, the national organisation in Scotland which promotes, develops and celebrates theatre and dance for children and young peopleand the National Theatre of Scotland. We’ve been working in partnership with leading performing arts companies/organisations for children and young people; Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Visible Fictions and Starcatchers to bring together a wide range of expertise in the area.

In 2016, Theatre in Schools Scotland saw Catherine Wheels’ Martha and Visible Fictions’ Shopping for Shoes tour to 60 primary schools across 26 local authorities. The first pilot year was supported by regional partners and local authorities as well as receiving sponsorship from The Scottish Salmon Company and Arts & Business Scotland.  

For 2017/18, Theatre in Schools Scotland is building on the strong programme of work and touring infrastructure established in the first year of the pilot and will be introducing a year-long rolling programme of touring shows for Scottish primary schools.

In autumn 2017 Theatre in Schools Scotland will tour Up to Speed, created by Rosalind Sydney, in association with Catherine Wheels Theatre Company for pupils from P3 - P5. They will also tour Visible Fictions’ Jason and the Argonauts to P6 and P7 pupils, and Catherine Wheels’ production of The Story of The Little Gentleman to classes from P1 - P4. Performances for these shows will run from August 28th to 3rd November 2017.

In early 2018, Theatre in Schools Scotland presentsHow to Fix a Broken Wing, a new play from Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, created by Pete Collins. This production will be shared with P4 - P7 pupils and performances will run from 5th February to 30th March 2018.

As a new development to the touring model, Theatre in Schools Scotland is also offering a commission for an existing work by a Scotland based artist or company, to tour in the autumn of 2018. This production will be supported by the network and selected through an Open Call process. Full details on the call-out, application details and deadlines are available on the Theatre in Schools Scotland website.

This year’s Theatre in Schools Scotland tour is expected to extend its capacity, performing to around 20,000 children and teachers at primary schools throughout Scotland from Shetland to the Scottish Borders. Schools can still get involved in Theatre in Schools Scotland’s autumn tour - if you’re interested in booking a performance, you can check the website for more details or contact TISS@imaginate.org.uk.

In addition to the performances, there will also be opportunities to develop and encourage teacher engagement through ongoing CPD events and consultations.

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