Class Act

Class Act

I think that in the end, Class Act was even better than I expected because I felt as though I had really achieved something.

Pupil Playwright Leith Academy, 2016

Class Act is the Traverse Theatre's flagship education project, challenging senior pupils from across Edinburgh to become playwrights; creating brand new scripts to be premiered
on the Traverse stage.

In 2017, the Traverse Theatre celebrated the 26th anniversary of the bringing young people's voices to the stage. Since the project began in 1990, Class Act has

  • Worked with 80 schools
  • Created 1,601 pupil playwrights
  • Produced 881 plays

The project has involved playwrights such as Stef Smith, David Greig, Nicola McCartney, Douglas Maxwell and Gregory Burke. The plays have been brought to life by actors including Molly Innes, Colin McCredie, Kevin McKidd, Ryan Fletcher, John Kazek, Cora Bissett and Katrina Bryan.

In celebration of Scotland's Year of Young People in 2018, the participating Class Act schools will also be included in Class Act Connect - which gives Class Act pupils an opportunity to engage with the Traverse on an even deeper level over the school year. Class Act schools will have access to additional theatre skill workshops and free tickets for Traverse Theatre Company productions across the Autumn and Spring season.

To watch a short film featuring pupil playwrights and artists talking about the Class Act experience, please click here.

Information regarding Class Act Mumbai can be found here

For more information, please email Sunniva Ramsay, Creative Producer,

We would like to thank the following Trusts and Foundations for their generous support of Class Act, as well as those who wish their support to remain anonymous:

Backstage Trust

Dr David Summers Charitable Trust

The Gannochy Trust

The Nimar Charitable Trust

The Robertson Trust

The Steel Charitable Trust


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