Teachers’ Theatre Club is a new project, run in partnership between Imaginate and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, that aims to encourage Edinburgh’s teachers to see more live performance, become more confident in discussing this with their students and in turn, inspire their classes to do the same.

In addition to meeting up and watching shows at the Edinburgh festivals, members of the club also get to:
  • participate in Q&As and discussion sessions with artistic directors and performers from the companies
  • take part in facilitated discussions about the work they have seen, building up their experience and confidence to talk about performance and how they respond to the work
  • bring colleagues who are not currently engaging with the arts or lack confidence in talking about performance, the better to spread the benefits of the club
  • network, socialise and enjoy the festival atmosphere.

We hope that by meeting some of Scotland's key industry professionals – including artists, designers, programmers, critics and production staff – teachers will in turn increase their confidence in engaging with live performance and develop their critical thinking skills.

Our core teachers 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.

We hope everyone leaves the sessions inspired to bring live performance into their school and with a new skill or piece of information to share with their class.

Teachers’ Theatre Club is a three-year project, with new cohorts each year. It is supported by the PLACE programme, funded by the Scottish Government, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals, and supported and administered by Creative Scotland.