Class Act – two evenings of exciting new theatre this week

19 November 2018 ← return to listing

Class Act – two evenings of exciting new theatre this week

The Traverse Theatre's flagship education project, Class Act, is now in its mighty 27th year. Working with senior pupils from schools across Edinburgh to stimulate them to become playwrights, the project culminates in a series of brand new scripts premiered on the Traverse stage.

This year we have been working with 52 pupils from across Craigroyston Community High School, Currie Community High School, Firrhill High School, and Leith Academy. Under the support and mentorship of playwrights James Ley, Nicola McCartney, Gary McNair, and May Sumbwanyambe they have created a total of 25 new mini plays which speak to the world they live in.

This week sees Traverse 1 host two evenings of exciting new theatre -Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 November (full details below) - showcasing the finished work of this next generation of young playwrights, directed by Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir, Brian Ferguson, and Caitlin Skinner. The actors bringing the plays to life will be: Daniel Cahill, Jess Chanliau, Ali Craig, Martin Donaghy, Rebecca Elise, Alasdair Hankinson, Helen Mallon, Kirsty McKay, Sarah Miele, Grant O'Rourke, Laurie Scott, and Ashley Smith.

Furthermore, in celebration of the 2018 Year of Young People, this year the Traverse has expanded its engagement programme to create Class Act Connect. Across the Autumn/Winter 2018 and Spring/Summer 2019 seasons, the four participating Class Act schools will be offered free tickets to Traverse Theatre Company productions. In addition, in spring 2019, the Traverse will offer Class Act Connect schools a further two free theatre skills workshops, aiming to strengthen our relationship with schools and young people in our community.

Orla O'Loughlin, Outgoing Artistic Director, says:

'Over the past seven years, it has been a privilege to see the ideas of young people from across Edinburgh come to life on the Traverse 1 stage. The space is brought to life with stories filled with big questions, high emotion, huge empathy and timely reflections on contemporary life. Class Act's rich legacy continues thanks to the world-class playwrights who commit so entirely to this next generation of Scottish new writing talent: our Class Act pupil playwrights. As outgoing Artistic Director of the Traverse Theatre, I would like to say a big thank you to all the actors, directors and creatives who put so much energy into the project each year. I know how much this project has transformed them every bit as much as it has the young people they so brilliantly collaborate with.'

Wed 21 Nov: Craigroyston Community High School and Firrhill High School, 7:30pm
Thu 22 Nov: Currie Community High School and Leith Academy, 7:30pm

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh EH1 2ED. Tickets on sale: £7 (£5) via 0131 228 1404 and here.


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