We inspire children and young people's learning across the curriculum using live performance as a starting point, working closely with teachers to develop programmes that work for all interests and abilities. We support teaching staff by delivering skills-based workshops to give them the confidence to develop their own creative teaching and learning practice in schools and raise aspirations of children in disadvantage areas of Edinburgh through participation in the arts.


Awfey Huge Fantastic Variety Show

Starring children and young people from all state special schools in Edinburgh, the Awfey Huge Fantastic Variety Show is a showcase of talented performers and artists with additional needs.  Professional artists work with the children in their schools over a number of weeks to create a unique new piece  - dance, animations, film, drama, puppetry or music.  These are performed or screened at the Festival Theatre in front of a huge audience – last year hosted by panto stars Grant Stott and Andy Gray.  The project gives supported opportunities for these young people to explore their creativity, learn new skills and gain confidence and well as having a lot of fun with their class!

We are grateful to the Cruden Foundation Ltd and the Cordis Charitable Trust for supporting this project. 


Raising aspirations

Start aims to raise confidence, skills and aspirations in schools based in areas of multiple deprivation.  Over 300 children who have never previously visited the theatre, are given the chance to see professional shows, take part in workshops in their schools to develop skills in poetry, creative writing, clowning, puppetry or dance. They are supported to produce a piece of work in response to the show they have seen which is exhibited in their local arts centre. Forthview Primary School have even had  books of the children’s poems and short stories published!

“Wow! That was out of this world!Thank you for giving us this epic experience.”  Junior, P7B, Pirniehall Primary School