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Scottish schools get a taste of the theatre with The Scottish Salmon Company and the National Theatre of Scotland

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) is supporting the Theatre in Schools Scotland (TiSS) touring programme for the third year helping to bring world-class theatre and dance productions to Scotland’s schools.

Presented by National Theatre of Scotland and Imaginate, in partnership with Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Starcatchers and Visible Fictions, the programme is entering the third year of its pilot, with the ambition to create and test a touring and producing model that could ultimately bring one piece of high quality theatre or dance to every child in a Scottish school or nursery each year.

The TiSS programme reaches schools the length and breadth of the country, from the borders to the Highlands, and the outer isles. A key aim of the project is to bring its productions to schools and school children in remote and rural areas, areas where many SSC staff live and work.

Following a successful schools’ tour of ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ in 2017, pupils at Sgoil Na Parc Primary on the Isle of Lewis and at the Gigha Primary school on the Isle of Gigha had a further treat when both primaries won a competition for funding packages to help plan and produce their end of term winter shows. National Theatre of Scotland practitioners lent their expertise to the schools with a full day workshop designed to capture the pupils’ creativity and develop their ideas in order to put on a spectacular show for friends and family.

Craig Anderson, Chief Executive of The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “We are committed to supporting communities across the west coast of Scotland and Hebrides where our people live and work and are proud to support Theatre in Schools Scotland. This fantastic project ensures theatre and the arts reach children across the country, which all kids deserve.

“We are proud to be able to help bring the arts to Scotland’s schools and I look forward to hearing about the programme’s work in the coming year.”

Jackie Wylie, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of National Theatre of Scotland, said: “Theatre in Schools Scotland as a ground-breaking initiative and bespoke programme of work for children, continues to grow, and in doing so, is also vitally growing the National Theatre of Scotland’s audience of the future. The success of TiSS to date wouldn’t have been possible without the enlightened support of teachers, the brilliance of the children’s theatre sector and our loyal partners The Scottish Salmon Company and the Culture & Business Fund Scotland.”

In the third year of the pilot, Theatre in Schools Scotland will be building on the touring infrastructure already established and is looking to broaden its scope, bringing seven productions to Scottish schools, suitable for audiences from nursery through to S1.

The year-long programme from April 2018 to March 2019 includes:

  • Poggle presented by Barrowland Ballet and Macrobert Arts Centre for Nursery, P1-P2
  • My Friend Selma presented by Terra Incognita for P5 - P7
  • Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth for P4 - S1 presented by Andy Cannon with Red Bridge Arts 
  • Titus for P6 - S1 presented by Red Bridge Arts
  • They are joined by productions from Theatre in Schools Scotland partner organisations - The Attic presented by Starcatchers and Hazel Darwin-Clements for Nursery and P1 which is currently touring; Martha for P1 - P4 and Pondlife for P5 - P7 both presented by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company.

For further information about Theatre in Schools Scotland please visit: theatreinschoolsscotland.com