Our Charitable Projects
Did you know that we’re a charity? In addition to our 430,000 audience members, we engage over 25,000 people of all ages each year in our learning and outreach projects. We focus on making our theatres places for everyone to enjoy; enriching lives and supporting our local community to learn, take part and be inspired.
We work hard to make our theatres accessible for all and to overcome the barriers that prevents theatre lovers from enjoying a visit to our theatres. Our overcoming barriers programme include the introduction of relaxed performances specially adapted for the needs of children and adults with complex additional needs; the lovely Panto Presents Project, which brings the magic of the Christmas King’s Pantomime to the Sick Kids Hospital for those children who are too ill to leave their wards; and Forget Me Not, a three year project to make our theatres supportive and welcoming venues for people living with dementia and their carers.
Working with Schools
We inspire children and young people's learning across the curriculum, working closely with teachers by delivering skills-based workshops in order to raise aspirations of children in disadvantage areas of Edinburgh through participation in the arts. The Awfey Huge Fantastic Variety Show sees professional artists working with children in state special schools in Edinburgh over a number of weeks to create a unique new piece that is showcased on stage in front of an audience and the Start Project aims to raise confidence, skills and aspirations in schools based in areas of multiple deprivation by giving them the chance to see a show, take part in workshops and produce a piece of work in response to the show they have seen, which is then exhibited in their local arts centre.
Supporting emerging talent
As part of our emerging talent programme, we have supported numerous initiatives focused on talented individuals. The Attic Collective, a free talent development initiative to support young artists at the beginning of their career, offers a comprehensive, structured programme recruited on talent rather than income, while Dancefest is an annual celebration of Youth Dance, showcasing the talent of young groups from national and local dance organisations, schools and colleges from across Scotland.