Local Students’ Work Comes to Edinburgh’s Streets Thanks to Traverse Theatre

For nearly 30 years, the Traverse Theatre has been running Class Act, its annual creative learning programme that pairs established playwrights with students at secondary schools. As part of this year’s creative development programme, the Traverse Theatre is bringing original short scripts from Edinburgh students to poster sites around the city for all to view and enjoy.

The scripts which cover a wide range of topics, situations and characters, have been created by students from four local secondary schools that took part in the Traverse’s flagship education project, Class Act, in 2020. These schools are Craigroyston Community School, Boroughmuir High School, Broughton High School and Royal High School. 

The scripts are displayed on 17 different sites on the city’s Southside with a map of their locations available on the Traverse website. Available to view till Monday 19th April, they can be seen along Lothian Road; Fountainbridge; South Clerk Street; Dalry Road and Potterrow as well as the Traverse Theatre itself. The posters have been designed by Orlando Lloyd, and the trail has been made possible with the support of Jack Arts.

 Creative Producers at the Traverse, Robbie Gordon and Wezi Mhura said, “Although the pandemic created challenges for delivering Class Act 2020’s project, it has also created some fantastic opportunities, such as this chance to share the thought provoking and lively work of participating students with the whole of their home city. We’ve been constantly excited and inspired by the vision and imagination of all the students we’ve worked with, their determination to create even in difficult circumstances, and how passionate they are about a range of topics. We’re delighted that people around the city will be able to experience their brilliant words and ideas over the next couple of weeks.”

Before things properly open up again, this sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon walking in your local environs and learning about local talent through this innovative project.

Irene Brown

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