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.
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!
I felt like everyone in the theatre sort of related to my story in some way.
Class Act's Impact
Class Act is a key part of the Traverse Theatre’s work and we are immensely proud of the past 30 years. Since 1990 we have:
- Worked with 92 schools
- Created 1,776 young writers
- Produced 950 scripts
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.
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.
Class Act is a project which, in my experience, changes lives for young people involved. Every time I do the project it changes mine.
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.