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Scheme to bring theatre to every primary school in Scotland to continue following successful pilot

The launch of free theatre in schools across Scotland Theatre in Schools Scotland will continue following a successful pilot.
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A programme aimed at bringing quality theatre to every nursery and primary school in Scotland is to continue following a successful three-year pilot.

Theatre in Schools Scotland is presented by Imaginate, Scotland’s national organisation to promote, develop and celebrate theatre and dance for children and young people, and the National Theatre of Scotland, working in partnership with associate theatre companies.

During its pilot, the scheme reached 52,000 children with 614 performances of 14 productions. Its touring model will continue to be developed with input from teachers.

Imaginate chief executive Paul Fitzpatrick said: “The incredible response from teachers and pupils is a testament to the excellence of theatre for children in Scotland and demonstrates a huge demand for high-quality theatre in schools.

“We’re proud to bring this new programme to schools all over Scotland for what promises to be another exciting year of touring.”

The programme will continue to offer heavily subsidised performances supported by online teacher resources. It is working with schools, local authorities, venues and touring networks to develop partnerships.

The Scottish Salmon Company has extended its existing sponsorship to cover this year’s tours, which will include six different productions.

Two productions, Mikey and Addie presented by Red Bridge Arts and Cloud Man presented by Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker, have been commissioned to be adapted for school halls. They will tour alongside A Ladder to the Stars, Daniel Padden’s WhirlyGig, Lifeboat and Slug.

The Theatre in Schools Scotland 2019-20 programme is available for booking. Further details on the TiSS website.

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