Theatre in Schools Scotland is touring two award-winning, internationally recognised productions to primary schools throughout Scotland this autumn.
Martha, presented by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and Shopping for Shoes by Visible Fictions will visit Gardenrose Primary School, Maybole on 22 & 29 August 2016.
Theatre in Schools Scotland is a new initiative, celebrated earlier this year at a launch event in Edinburgh, established to support and develop the provision of theatre in Scotland’s schools, with the ultimate aim of ensuring that every child in Scotland receives - at their nursery or school - a minimum of one performing arts production, per year, as a core part of their education. The initiative has been created initially as a pilot project, which will expand over the next three years, exploring different models for touring theatre into schools.
Theatre in Schools Scotland is developed by Imaginate, the national organisation in Scotland, which promotes, develops and celebrates theatre and dance for children and young people and the National Theatre of Scotland, in partnership with leading performing arts companies/organisations for children and young people; Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Visible Fictions and Starcatchers.
Margaret Toner, South Ayrshire Council’s Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder said: “It’s fantastic that Theatre in Schools Scotland is coming to South Ayrshire and we’re pleased to welcome the companies to Maybole, where children will see not one, but two excellent productions.
“The fact that the plays will be performed for children in our rural areas is particularly significant, with events like these usually found in major towns and cities.
“I’m confident that everyone involved will enjoy an experience which is designed to get young people thinking about growing up and friendship, two things that we’ve all dealt with at some point in our lives.”
Craig Anderson, Managing Director at sponsors, The Scottish Salmon Company said: “We’re proud to be supporting this exciting cultural initiative, which will ensure children up and down the country are given the chance to experience the thrill of live, professional theatre performances.
“Playing an active role in the communities in which we live and work is really important to us and we’re proud to support Theatre in Schools and its ambition to enhance opportunities for youngsters across Scotland’s more remote and rural regions.”
This year Theatre in Schools Scotland is visiting approximately 25 local authorities and around 15,000 pupils in over 36 primary schools across Scotland will enjoy performances.