Electric Theatre Workshop works in partnership with schools throughout Dumfries & Galloway. Our approach to work is about connecting young people to the creative industries at an early age.
We support young learners to develop their own creative manifesto, which allows them to reach their creative potential in outside of the formal learning framework.
In Secondary Schools we take a whole year approach and we develop interdisciplinary learning contexts surrounding our major public performance projects.
Over 5000 children and young people have engaged in our work throughout Dumfries & Galloway since our company began in 2011.
Our company is focussed on providing services for children and young people who are normally excluded from artistic or creative services, by becoming the agent to services which are delivered in their own community.
If your school is interested in working with Electric Theatre Workshop, please contact Justin. Creative Lochside
We are the creative company in residence in Lochside – and our Associate Director Justin now spends part of his week based in this community, supporting other community organisations like schools and after school groups.
At Lochside Primary School, we run Drama Sessions which are part of their Curriculum for Excellence and every pupil in the schools gets to develop their performance skills through our young people’s theatre model.
At Maxwelltown High School we support students connectivity with the creative industries by placing them at the centre of our project based work. This year students will be helping to shape the Carnival by creating the story and some of the major installations which lead our biggest Community Arts project.
We spent a year with the Higher Drama students at Maxwelltlown High School in Dumfries, working to bring the characters of their plays off the page. These practical master classes focused on improving performance and directorial skills in the same way that we approach professional productions. This complimented the academic understanding they had learned in class, and saw students develop greater confidence in performance and written work and achieve great results in their final exams.
Dumfries High & Dumfries Academy
Electric Theatre worked in conjunction with Big Burns Supper to deliver the Homecoming Carnival, a large-scale community parade that took to the streets of Dumfries as the lights fell on Burns Night 2014. Dumfries High and Dumfries Academy were our principle partners in designing the project and their students were involved from the very beginning. It began with a simple question: Who came home, and who didn’t?
From this the students’ imaginations led us on the journey of the unknown soldier, marking the centenary of WWI, through to the present day. Students designed sections of the carnival, made costumes and performed in the final procession. They also documented the process to gain an Arts Award accreditation.
Students worked with professional artists from all over the world, including theatre-makers, choreographers, carnival artists, costume-makers and a samba band. The students’ work was seen by the thousands of people from the community who turned out to enjoy the carnival on 25th January in an evening unlike anything Dumfries has seen before. St. Josephs College
Two lucky students from St. Joseph College became our first intensive emerging artists beating stiff competition from young playwrights throughout the region. Alix Adir and Babbette Wickham-Riddick both took part in our Make Performance Project which saw their work being developed intensively by artists like Bryony Kimmings.
Both pupils will start to shape the work they have incubated over a longer period of time. and eventually present the work to the public at one of the festivals in Dumfries & Galloway.