Teachers’ Theatre Club (TTC) is an exciting opportunity open to primary, secondary and ASN teachers practising in local authority schools in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Applications are now open for TTC4, a group of teachers who will see a variety of live performances in Edinburgh between March 2023 to February 2024 including at the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Selected teachers will see performances, take part in group discussions with some of the artists and creative teams who made and/or presented the work, or meet industry professionals such as programmers and arts critics. These discussions cover the content of the show, how it could enhance and inform teaching practice, and different roles in the arts industry.

TTC will cover the costs of your show tickets, any post show activities, and access costs.

Benefits of taking part

You will:

  • attend a wide range of live performances in Edinburgh, including theatre and dance, followed by facilitated discussions with arts professionals, artists and other teachers
  • meet creatives – such as performance makers, writers, actors, directors, programmers and technicians – and understand their roles in the sector and how they think about quality in performance
  • help to curate your programme at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • socialise and engage with peers in a non-teaching environment
  • enhance the learning experiences of your learners
  • explore additional opportunities for school engagement with artists and shows.

You can hear more about Teachers’ Theatre Club in these videos of a past TTC members talking about their experiences of being involved.



Who can take part?

This programme is open to teachers employed by one of the following local authorities: City of Edinburgh Council, East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian.

You must attend as many TTC sessions as possible, including the first introduction meeting on Friday 21 April 2023. You should be willing to see performances on Friday afternoons, evenings and weekends, as well as during school holidays.

We want a variety of people to be involved, at all levels of experience, and are particularly keen to hear from teachers who face barriers to attending the arts due to:

  • disability or a long-term health condition
  • having a family or other caring responsibility
  • being from a minority ethnic group.

We are committed to working with you to make sure Teachers’ Theatre Club is accessible to you. In addition to covering the costs of tickets and post-show activities, we have funding to cover access costs (eg childcare costs, interpreters, etc.). If you would like to discuss your access requirements before applying, please contact [email protected].


  • Deadline to submit aplications: Friday 27 January 2023
  • Successful applicants notified by: Friday 03 February 2023
  • First get-together: introduction meeting: Friday 21 April 2023
  • Edinburgh International Children’s Festival: three shows during the festival (one evening and one weekend day): Saturday 27 May – Sunday 04 June
  • Catch up session and Fringe planning workshop: Friday 16 June 2023
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe: two Saturdays during August (TBC)

Apply now

Imaginate and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

This project is being run in partnership with Imaginate and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society.

Imaginate is a unique organisation in Scotland, promoting, developing and celebrating the performing arts for children and young people. Imaginate produce the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, which celebrates the best of children’s theatre and dance from around the world. For more information, please visit Imaginate.org.uk.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is the charity that underpins the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, an inclusive festival which offers anyone a stage and everyone a seat! The Fringe caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events. For more information on how the Fringe Society can support schools and teachers to take part in the festival, please visit edfringe.com.

  Thumbnail photo credit: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World (2022), Pleasance. Photographer: David Monteith-Hodge.