Creative Futures

Creative Futures

Working in theatre isn’t always about standing in front of an audience or learning lines. There are many people working in vastly different roles to bring performers to the stage. This Autumn, the National Theatre of Scotland opened its doors to secondary school pupils to allow them to learn about careers within the arts and discover what skills are required to get them there.

Ten secondary schools joined National Theatre of Scotland staff across two sessions “Journeys to a Dream Job” and “Theatre Insights” both supported by Aberdeen Standard Investments as part of the Creative Futures Strand.

Pupils had a rummage through the Company’s costume store discovering all the weird and wonderful outfits that have donned the stages of Scotland and came face to face with hundreds and maybe thousands of cables in technical department.

As well as understanding the variety of roles that make a theatre company, pupils also heard from National Theatre of Scotland staff to learn about the paths that brought them towards working in theatre.


Feedback from students and teachers was very enthusiastic:

“(This was a) great opportunity to get pupils out of the classroom and into the real life industry setting, opening their eyes to the huge variety of career opportunities within the arts, thank you.” Teacher, Largs Academy
“(A) great insight into a range of production areas, including lighting, sound and costume I was not aware of.” Pupil, Bo’ness Academy

“I’m glad I came along to learn more about the creative industries. I feel as if have developed a better understanding certain things and everyone was very helpful and interesting.” Pupil, Knightswood Academy

More opportunities for pupils to take part in these sessions will be scheduled for February / March 2020 either at National Theatre of Scotland’s building Rockvilla in Glasgow or directly at your school.  Please keep an eye on our website or social media channels for updates.




The Aberdeen Standard Investments Partnership

In 2019, we entered into a new partnership with leading global asset manager, Aberdeen Standard Investments to co-create a programme of activity reaching out to engage with those on the margins of society.

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