During the Autumn season 2012, Lyceum Creative Learning developed a new programme in partnership with 10 schools in Edinburgh. This was an inter-disciplinary exploration of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, called Project Dream and marked a new way of working, for both the schools and the Lyceum.
Over a period of several months the structure and content of Project Dream was developed in partnership with teachers at Primary and Secondary schools in the city. This approach brought together Primary School teachers, High School subject specialists across a range of subjects, the Curriculum for Excellence, City of Edinburgh Council’s Arts and Learning unit and professional Theatre Artists and Educators.
Project Dream: Theatre Makers
With Broomhouse, Cramond, Craigour Park, Duddingston, Kirkliston, Sighthill and St Joseph’s Primary schools
With the Primary Schools, we worked with P6 and P7 classes. The classes followed a Theatre Makers Programme, where over a period of 6 weeks our Drama Artists visited the schools and the pupils visited the Lyceum to explore backstage and to make props. They learnt both about Shakespeare and A Midsummer Night’s Dream through an active learning approach and were encouraged through Expressive Arts sessions, to develop their own Creative responses to the play. These creative responses were unique to each school and were shared with the wider school community during the final week of the Project . All the pupils involved also came to the Lyceum Theatre to see a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Project Dream: High School Challenge
Took place at Craigmount High School, Balerno High School and Leith Academy
With the 3 participating High Schools, Lyceum Creative Learning worked with school subject specialists across all areas of the Curriculum. As a stimulus for the creative work in schools, all the pupils involved visited the Lyceum to see our production of A Midsummer night’s Dream before Project Dream took place in school.
Project Dream was resident in schools over a period of 3 intensive days, and the usual timetable was suspended.
All the young people in S3 (and S2 at Leith Academy) were invited to take part in a series of taster workshops and task led projects linked to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The emphasis throughout the Challenge was on the young people as creative learners and, as with the Primary schools, the Project culminated in a sharing of work at the end of Day 3 with the wider school community. Each school had the opportunity to present the work in the way that suited their learning environment and schedule. The sharings took the form of performances, exhibitions, demonstrations, websites, films and interactive happenings!
Project Dream in participant numbers:
- Theatre Makers: 286 (P6/P7)
- LYT MidLothian: 10 (ages: 11 – 16 years)
- Early Years: 45 toddlers and parents
- High Schools: 447 (S2/S3)
- Teachers (PS/HS): 43
- Artists and Specialists: 16
Project Dream has been made possible with the generous support of:
- The Miller Group
- Robertson Trust
- Ernest Cook
- City of Edinburgh Council Arts and Learning