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.

Beginning in 1990, Class Act is central to the Traverse Theatre’s commitment to connecting with brand new talent and unlocking potential. Over 28 years we are immensely proud that the project has remained a key part of the Traverse Theatre’s work since 1990:

> Working with 84 schools
> Creating 1,654 pupil playwrights
> Producing 904 plays

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

Actor reading a script.
Actors are sitting round a table reading a script. Young people look on with excitement.

Our Class Act 2019 schools are Boroughmuir High School, Craigroyston Community High School, Trinity Academy and Wester Hailes Education Centre.

We’ll work with these four schools, to support young people in creating their own plays which will be performed in Traverse 1 in November.

We’re excited to offer a new, expanded programme through Class Act Connect. Across our autumn 2019 and spring 2020 season, the four Class Act schools will be offered free tickets to Traverse Theatre Company productions, as well as further theatre skills workshops of their choosing.

To get a feel for the Class Act project, watch a short film featuring pupil playwrights and artists talking about their experience:

Class Act is a project which, in my experience, changes lives for young people involved. Every time I do the project it changes mine.

Nicola McCartney, playwright

For more details about Class Act and the application process, get in touch with

Supported by The City of Edinburgh Council, The Robertson Trust, Anderson Anderson & Brown Charitable Initiative, Dr David Summers Charitable Trust, John Thaw Foundation, The Mackintosh Foundation, The McGlashan Charitable Trust, The Murdoch Forrest Charitable Trust, The JTH Charitable Trust, The Nimar Charitable Trust, The Russell Trust, The William Syson Charitable Foundation, The W M Mann Foundation and Unity Theatre Trust.