Play Dates

26 May - 17 July, every Tuesday to Friday at 2.00pm, online


A new eight week online interactive programme for children and families.

National Theatre of Scotland in association with leading children’s arts organisations Starcatchers and Imaginate connects with families at home during the COVID-19 crisis.

Play Dates is a fun digital programme of interactive and entertaining workshops and activities for children and young people, plus their parents and carers, created by some of Scotland’s leading creative practitioners and freelance artists.

From Tuesday to Friday over the next eight weeks, a new Play Dates workshop will be released every day here on our website and on our social media channels, for online audiences to access, take part in and enjoy. All the activities will be free.

Weekly activities


Connect, Create and Play | Ages 8+

Workshops by theatre artist Fraser MacLeod looking at creating tongue twisters, playing games online with friends and family and how to make your own stop motion film.


Storify - How to create stories | Ages 5+

An interactive video series about how to create and tell your own stories at home using imagination and everyday surroundings presented by theatre makers Sarah Rose Graber and Ruxy Cantir.


Grow Your Own Gesamtkunstwerk (GYOG!)- How to make a show in your house | Ages 7+

A video series about how to make a show in your house focusing on different areas of the arts created and presented by arts enthusiast Veronika Velvette, facilitated by Claire Willoughby and Rob Jones.


Unicorn Dance Party | All Ages

Also created by practitioners, Sarah Rose Graber and Ruxy Cantir is an inclusive new video series about finding the joy within us. Everyone has an inner unicorn, but sometimes it takes a bit of dancing to bring it out


Everything’s A Moving Picture - How to set the scene with video | Ages 10+

Workshops with leading Scottish theatre audio visual designer Lewis den Hertog using video to tell stories with “stock” and archive footage, making your own footage at home and being creative with text and subtitles for people who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing.

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Play Dates celebrates and offers fee-based employment to talented freelance artists, technicians and practitioners, who work regularly behind the scenes on the creation of world-class Scottish theatre.

Further summer Play Dates activities will be announced over the coming weeks. Plus a selection of curated online resources, including artistic demonstration videos, relating to previous National Theatre of Scotland projects, will be hosted online.

National Theatre of Scotland in association with Starcatchers and Imaginate.