Category Archives: Religious and Moral Education

Primary 5-7: Lost at Sea touring production now taking bookings

Booking is open for February /March 2017 for in-school performances in Scotland.

Primary 5-7: Lost at Sea (in schools)

Catherine Wheels premiered a new production at the Edinburgh International Science Festival in April 2016. Lost at Sea was commissioned as part of EISF ‘Science in the Spotlight’ project which aims to bring together the wonder of theatre with science communication.


The journey begins with a boy and a girl, fascinated by the story of 28,800 bath toys that accidentally ended up flung into the unrelenting currents of the Pacific Ocean.

Their investigation sees them uncover the mysteries of the sea and discovering its importance to every one of us on earth.


This production is now available for touring into school halls in Scotland in February and March 2017.

Full details are on the attached. I have also attached one of the recent reviews, from The List.


Booking are made direct with schools or through local authorities. Please let me know if you are interested in booking a block of dates or would like to work with us to get Catherine Wheels into more schools in your area.


I look forward to hearing from you.






Anna Derricourt

Touring & Schools Development Manager


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Catherine Wheels Theatre Company

Tel: +44 (0)131 653 5255

Catherine Wheels Theatre Company – News for Schools and Educators

Each year Catherine Wheels tours one of our productions into school gym halls in the spring term.  These productions will then go on to tour around the world.

In 2014, our production of The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk left Sighthill in Edinburgh to be performed on a Broadway stage! In 2015, two casts performed Lifeboat simultaneously in Scottish school halls and in large theatres across the USA.

We also regularly present productions in Scottish theatres and schedule a variety of schools performances.

All in-school performances are designed to fit into school facilities with tight schedules. Costs to schools are by fee at £3 per child (by capacity).


Primary 4-7: Lost at Sea (in schools)

This week, Catherine Wheels premiered a new production at the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Lost at Sea was commissioned as part of EISF ‘Science in the Spotlight’ project which aims to bring together the wonder of theatre with science communication.

Suitable for P5-7, this production will be on tour into schools next spring.

The journey begins with a boy and a girl, fascinated by the story of 28,800 bath toys that accidentally ended up flung into the unrelenting currents of the Pacific Ocean.

Their investigation sees them uncover the mysteries of the sea and discovering its importance to every one of us on earth.



Primary 5-7: Pondlife (in schools and theatres) A new adaptation of Pondlife will be touring Scotland in the autumn. This is available for theatres, halls and schools (with larger facilities where space can be made available for longer set up period and black out can be achieved).

When Martin moves to a new school he feels lost in a sea of strange faces, especially when class bully Sharon takes a dislike to him. That is until he meets Simon McGurk and forms a friendship that not only changes Martin, but curses Simon for the rest of his school days. A poignant coming of age tale about just how difficult it can be to stay true to your friends.

Audience and Press Reviews Absolutely brilliant. Great performance. Wonderful storytelling. Very memorable. What a treat! (Edinburgh Fringe Audience 2012) The teachers of P5, P6 and P7 were very impressed with the performance. The actor was extremely skilled and engaging. The children could not take their eyes off him! It generated lots of interesting discussion back in the classroom. We would wholeheartedly recommend this performance to other schools. (Alyson Wier, Head Teacher, Tweedbank Primary)


Primary 1-3: The Story of the Little Gentleman (in schools)

The Story of the Little Gentleman is currently on tour into Scottish primary schools. By the time we reach the Imaginate performances at the end of May, we will have delivered 110 performances in 66 venues in 13 Scottish local authority areas.


Audience Reviews

Just had classes back from Little Gentleman performance – resounding triumph. Response from ALL kids and staff most positive I’ve ever seen (Head Teacher, Aberdeen Primary) The story was a powerful one. It grabbed the children’s attention from the outset and held it throughout. Pupils understood and could relate to the message it sent out and were eager to talk about it once back in class, linking it to their own experiences. The story was beautifully performed and was efficiently run by the company. Julie Conlan, Principal Teacher, St Mun’s PS (Dunoon)

Booking is open for all three productions. Schools performances are booked in a variety of ways, through Local Authorities or direct with schools themselves. Some schools come together to share a performance.

Please contact us if you require further information on any of the above.


Anna Derricourt

Touring & Schools Development Manager




Catherine Wheels Theatre Company

Tel: +44 (0)131 653 5255

Traidcraft invites your class to take part in its annual innovation competition – Snack Attack!

Have your class design and market a new fair trade snack and win £100 of prizes for your school. At Traidcraft, we want to encourage the next generation of decision makers to be creative and pioneering in their approach to enterprise, so Snack Attack not only promotes team work and communication skills, but it also ticks boxes for curriculum subjects such as art, English, design & technology, and citizenship.

The deadline for entries is 27 March, so it’s not too late to get involved! Read more and download your information pack here:

FREE Twilight CPD sessions for primary teachers: A Scottish Christmas

Scottish Screen Archive

Filmhouse, Edinburgh (27 October); Glasgow Film Theatre (29 October); Dundee Contemporary Arts (19 November); Callendar House, Falkirk (27 November).

This CPD will help you use archive films in the classroom for interdisciplinary learning. Learn how to access the online learning resource Scotland on Screen to watch and discuss archive films, use them as the starting point for building projects and download them for use in moving image presentations.

The Scottish Screen Archive will present a new learning resource that explores amateur films and Christmas customs. The resource is tailored for use in primary education (CfE levels 1 & 2: literacy, technologies, social studies, RME, health and wellbeing, sciences).

For bookings in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, please contact the venues. For bookings in Falkirk, please book using Falkirk CPD Manager (course code YMc22)

Schools workshop: A Very Scottish Christmas

Dundee Contemporary Arts (2 December); Bo’ness Hippodrome (3 December); Glasgow Film Theatre (8 December); Filmhouse, Edinburgh (9 December)

Polish up your party shoes and bring your favourite toy to this special Christmas-themed screening and workshop created by the Scottish Screen Archive and theatre-maker Geraldine Heaney.

Mrs Claus has forgotten what Christmas in Scotland is like but she has some home movies from the past to help her remember. Can you help her understand the Christmas traditions and write a letter for her to take back to Santa?

Recommended for Primary 4 & 5 (suitable for ages 7+)

CfE levels 1 & 2: literacy, technologies, social studies, RME

Film content: suitable for all. Running time approximately 1 hour.

Colour and black & white footage from 1930s – 1960s.

To book please contact the venues directly.

Creative Competition 2015 – Anti-Racism and Anti-Sectarianism: Celebrating Diversity Together

Show Racism the Red Card is celebrating the 11th year of their anti-racism/anti-sectarianism creative competition.

The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Celebrating Diversity Together’. Entries are welcome from individuals and groups. Entrants are invited to develop a piece of creative work that gets across clear messages of anti-racism or anti-sectarianism and celebrates diversity in Scotland’s communities.

Detailed information for teachers and lecturers, full competition rules and application forms are on the website:

Take One Film Festival – screenings on social and environmental change and concern

Take One Action Film Festival celebrates the people and movies that are changing the world. These world-class films focus on issues of social and environmental change and concern.

Inequality for All

Edinburgh Filmhouse / 23 September

Glasgow Film Theatre / Wednesday 1 October, 10am

Does inequality matter? Arguments against its corrosive effects rarely come as cogently and powerfully expressed as in this rousing exposé. Robert Reich, who served Presidents Ford, Carter and Clinton, charts the history of America’s rich/poor divide and argues that the status quo is not sustainable. But this is not just an American story: the UK is one of the most unequal countries in the developed world; in Scotland, the 3 richest families own more wealth than 20% of the population (source: Oxfam report). What are the root causes of inequality and what can we do about it? This topical film allows us to explore the issue in a refreshingly entertaining and accessible way.

Recommended for S4 – S6. Social studies / Health and wellbeing / Mathematics / Economics. 120mins

Click here to access learning resources to go with the film.

The Revolutionary Optimist (NC 12+)

Glasgow Film Theatre / Tuesday 23 September, 10am

Edinburgh Filmhouse Thursday 2 October, 10am

This uplifting documentary shows Kolkata slum children not as victims, but as empowered agents of change. Despite being dealt a difficult hand (with limited access to education and poor health prospects) the young people refuse to give in to resignation. They are supported by Amlan Ganguly, a lawyer turned community educator who faces down child labour, early marriage and endemic poverty with the unfailing belief that children must meaningfully participate in the decisions and factors that affect them.

Recommended for S1 – S6. Social studies / Health and wellbeing / Religious and moral education / Global development. 120mins

Click here to access The Revolutionary Optimists’ online interactive resource.

These films are FREE for Glasgow City Council schools and £3 per pupil for all other schools. Accompanying teachers go free.

To reserve Glasgow tickets Click here. To reserve Edinburgh tickets please email or call 0131 228 6382.

Shape the Future competition – creative change

Schools should be aware of the upcoming second Shape the Future competition which will be launched on the 28 April 2014 across the UK. The competition will be open to all UK schools and will ask young people (aged 11-16) to outline and present on their priorities for improving the lives of women and girls worldwide. Following a judging panel, the winning pupils will be invited to attend and present their ideas at a global summit hosted by the Prime Minister in July.

The themes of this short group project fit into subjects across the curriculum, including Modern Studies, RME, Geography, History, English and PSE as well as lending itself to a context for inter-disciplinary learning.  A dedicated ‘Shape the Future’ website will provide teachers with a range of resources to guide pupils through the competition.

Education Scotland has provided a Learning Journey considering aspects of gender equality which will be a helpful resource to schools.  Last year Promoting  Diversity and Equality: Developing Responsible Citizens in 20th century brought to the fore exemplars of good practice and resources to assist in taking forward approaches to diversity and equality.

On 7 May Game On Scotland and Education Scotland  have organised a conference for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: Promoting Equality and Diversity it will reflect on the three core values of the Commonwealth Games Federation, humanity, equality and destiny.  The conference will provide delegates with a speakers and workshops focused on values education in a global context as well as the inclusion of all.

Show Racism the Red Card’s Anti-Racism/Anti-Sectarianism Creative Competition

2013/2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the annual Show Racism the Red Card’s Anti-Racism/Anti-Sectarianism Creative Competition in Scotland. The Creative Competition is an integral part of the Show Racism the Red Card’s work in Scotland and has become a central feature in the calendar with almost one in five of Scotland’s schools having participated in the competition.  Entries are welcome from both individuals as well as class groups and the closing date for all entries is Friday 31st January 2014.

To enter, school and college students must develop a piece of creative work that gets across loud and clear the important message that racism and/or sectarianism is not welcome in Scotland.  This could be artwork, poetry, a short story, creative writing, music, a dance/drama performance, research project or multimedia presentation.

Competition winners will be invited to a star-studded award ceremony at Hampden Park in March, attended by the elite of Scottish football, to receive public acclaim for their work and receive their prizes.

For further information please visit the Show Racism website.

Divided City – musical theatre event and Glow Meets

Divided City Event at Citizen’s Theatre – Primary Event, 18 February 2013, 11.00 am

Funded by the Scottish Government, the Citizens Theatre and South Lanarkshire Culture and Leisure are re-mounting the hit musical stage version of Theresa Breslin’s award winning novel, Divided City, with a 40 strong cast of 3rd year pupils from across South Lanarkshire. To help teachers and pupils get inside the world of the book and the production there will be two Glow meets (one Primary and the other Secondary) with the author and the creative team behind the hit musical version of Divided City. This is the Primary event and will include a special opportunity to ask author Theresa Breslin questions about Divided City and find out how the creative team from the new production in Hamilton took the book from page to stage.

Divided City Event at Citizen’s Theatre – Secondary Event, 18 February 2013, 2.00 pm

This is the Secondary event which will feature a lively discussion asking whether young people today have experienced sectarianism or prejudice similar to those experienced by the characters in Divided City.

For full details of these and other events, please log in to Glow and view the current schedule:

(Glow login and password required)