The Fringe Society’s Learning team, in collaboration with the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER), is hosting a free webinar for teachers and educators on utilising art-based learning and live performance to discuss race and racism in schools.

This event will take place at 16:00 on Thursday 10 December via Zoom, and will bring together artists and teachers to discuss how live performance can be a stimulus to discuss the themes of race and racism in classrooms. Attendees will have the opportunity to acquire practical knowledge of how interventions and projects can successfully engage with issues around racism, and positively reflect race and diversity in our society.

The session, chaired by CRER, will last one hour and feature input from artists and teachers who have experience of using art-based learning and live performance as tools to aid teachers in exploring these topics (allowing learners the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of the society they live in). There will be a chance to get involved with the discussion and ask questions.

The event is open to all teachers and educators, everywhere – so please feel free to invite others along!

The speakers at this event will be:

  • Mara Menzies (
    Mara is a narrative artist, drawing on her rich, dual Kenyan/Scottish cultural heritage, to create worlds that explore contemporary issues through legend, myth and fantasy. 
  • Gitika Buttoo (
    Gitika is a British Indian Theatre Director from Yorkshire. She has recently been appointed as Associate Director and Engagement Manager of LUNG Theatre.

They will be joined by two Scottish teachers with experience in this field. 


Photo credit: Colin Hattersley Photography (actor and storyteller, Mara Menzies – part of the Made in Scotland programme – with the world premiere of “Blood and Gold”).