Our flagship education project, Class Act, heads to India

08 January 2018 ← return to listing

Our flagship education project, Class Act, heads to India

Hi Mumbai! Our flagship education project, Class Act, heads to India…

Introducing young people to the theatre and supporting them to become theatre-makers lies at the heart of the Traverse Theatre's Creative Learning activities, with our long-running education project, Class Act, turning secondary school pupils from diverse backgrounds across Edinburgh into playwrights since 1991. In its time it has worked with a total of 80 schools, birthed 1601 young playwrights, and produced 881 new plays.

Now successfully running in Russia and the Ukraine, in January 2018 we're thrilled to be taking the project the furthest it has ever been - Mumbai, India! - opening the eyes and minds of even more young people to playwriting and creating theatre, as well as promoting cultural collaboration and continuing to advocate far and wide for access to the arts for all.

Partnering with the Mumbai-based RAGE Productions, artists Nicola McCartney, Stef Smith and Emma Callander will travel to Mumbai to collaborate with playwright mentors Irawati Karnik, Akash Mohimen, Shaili Sathyu and Karishma Attari, and directors Anahita Uberoi, Sheena Khalid and Dhanendra Kawade.

They will work together to turn a group of 15-18 year-old school students from the city into playwrights, mentoring a total of 64 students from diverse backgrounds and levels of education. The Indian artists will work under the Traverse artists, gaining knowledge of the project with the intention of future independent delivery from RAGE Productions.

Over the course of two weeks, the students will take part in playwright-led workshops and script development sessions - creating, developing, rehearsing and producing plays which speak to the world they live in, whilst being listened to, respected and supported as artists. Their work will then be performed by professional actors before a live audience on 23 and 24 January, at Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai.

Sunniva Ramsay, Traverse Theatre's Creative Producer (Learning) says:

'For the past 26 years, Class Act has motivated young people from Scotland, Russia and the Ukraine to explore their creative voices through creating brand new plays. Not only do these young writers create plays, but also provocations, inspiring Traverse playwrights, directors and actors with their creativity and unique perceptions of the world. Working with young people from across Mumbai will be an exciting and enriching experience and we're delighted to be working with RAGE Productions to find out what the young people of Mumbai want to say, right now.'


11 January - Introductory meet and greet with all participants
12-19 January - Playwriting and script development workshops
20 January - Final script deadline
21 & 22 January - Rehearsals
23 & 24 January - Final performances at Prithvi Theatre

Class Act Mumbai is part of the British Council's UK/India 2017 Season and is supported by the British Council, Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government. 

For press-specific queries, please contact Traverse Press and Media Officer Anna Docherty, on anna.docherty@traverse.co.uk.

Image: Nicola McCartney. Photo by Eoin Carey.


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