Class Act is the Traverse Theatre's flagship education project, challenging senior pupils from across Edinburgh to become artists and writers, creating brand new creative work to be premiered by the Traverse.

Our Class Act 2020 schools are Boroughmuir High School, Craigroyston Community High School, the Royal High School and Broughton High School. We’ll work with these four schools, to support young people to unleash their creativity and unique voice. The dynamic new creative work they make will be premiered by the Traverse as part of our winter 2020 season, after which, the four Class Act schools will be offered additional workshops to further increase their creative skills.

Beginning in 1990, Class Act is central to the Traverse Theatre’s commitment to connecting with, nurturing and unlocking the creative potential of young people. Each year we are blown away by the inspiration, insight and dedication they bring to the project.


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

Watching my play be performed, I had butterflies in my belly. It was soooo cool. I enjoyed seeing mine performed and everyone else’s. I laughed a lot!

Pupil Playwright, Craigroyston Community High School, Class Act 2019

I felt like everyone in the theatre sort of related to my story in some way.

Pupil Playwright, Craigroyston Community High School, Class Act 2019

Class Act's Impact

Class Act is a key part of the Traverse Theatre’s work and we are immensely proud of the past 28 years. Since 1990 we have:

  • Worked with 88 schools
  • Created 1,714 young writers
  • Produced 933 plays

We’ve also taken Class Act to India, Russia and Ukraine, working internationally with young people and schools in these countries.

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.


A teenage boy in a smart blue blazer smiles at the camera.
Two teenage boys sit smiling at the laptop in front of them.

I have been involved in Class Act several times and I have found that it has been universally beneficial for all pupils involved... Class Act has been a great boon for young people and I have seen their confidence grow throughout the process.

Shane O'Hagan, Teacher at Boroughmuir High School

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 info@traverse.co.uk


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.