Theatre in Schools Scotland announces year-long programme of creative experiences for schools and nurseries


11 Oct 2021

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Theatre in Schools Scotland (TISS), the National Theatre of Scotland and Imaginate’s successful schools touring project has today launched a new creative programme for 2021 – 22.

The new TISS programme integrates live performance with digital interactions from Scottish performing companies and artists, ensuring TISS can continue to provide regular high quality creative experiences for pupils across Scotland.

Mixed Up by Katy Wilson, commissioned by Starcatchers and Imaginate, is an energetic teacher-led creative experience for playgrounds and classrooms. Using a series of films, it offers hip-hop dance, beatboxing, street art and a box full of surprise resources delivered to schools.

Family Portrait presented by Barrowland Ballet, co-created by Natasha Gilmore and Robbie Synge, is an immersive video installation combining choreography and imagery, capturing Natasha and her children in an intimate portrayal of family life.

Lightning Ridge is a new show for schools created by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company investigating the story of two lost invisible friends in Lightning Ridge, Australia, the power of imagination and the strength of community.

Buff and Sheen is a comical roaming dance performance about two imaginative window cleaners presented by MoonSlide for pupils with additional support needs and performed through a closed window.

Chalk About presented by Curious Seed is a playful, funny and sometimes moving look at how we see ourselves and others featuring dance, chalk, chat and one perfect scene containing everything you could wish for.

TISS is liaising with schools and partners to make sure the return of its touring productions is as safe as possible. The programme will develop and expand accordingly throughout the year ahead, responding to school requirements and opportunities.

Anna Derricourt, TISS producer said:“We are in awe of the way Scottish schools have navigated the last years and have enjoyed finding new ways to work together. Last year we live streamed performers into classrooms, provided schools with online festive shows and supported teachers to lead amazing creative projects. TISS learnt and shared a lot and, as we move through another school year, will continue to create and support rewarding links between schools and Scotland’s theatre and dance sector.”

For more information on the programme, or for booking information for interested schools, visit