Project Scrooge

Project Scrooge

In 2012-13 more than 16,000 young people participated in the life of The Lyceum Theatre, by attending performances and learning events with their schools; by taking part in Lyceum Youth Theatre workshops, holiday courses and productions; through work experience placements and Careers events and in special projects. One of these was Project Dream, which was developed in partnership with schools and accompanied the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

For season 2013-14 our special Programme for Schools was Project Scrooge.  Project Scrooge has been developed by Lyceum Creative Learning in partnership with City of Edinburgh schools and City of Edinburgh Council’s 'Arts & Creative Learning Department', following the highly successful delivery of Project Dream in 2012.

You can see the Project report, which includes photos and quotes from teachers and pupils here.


Pupils and Teachers at 14 schools; 8 Primary, 5 High Schools and 1 Special school, worked in partnership with Lyceum Creative Learning over a period of several months in 2013, on an inter-disciplinary creative learning project inspired by The Lyceum’s production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
“I really enjoyed Project Scrooge” | “We would like to do it again next year!” School pupils


Project Scrooge: Primary schools

Buckstone, Broomhouse, Canal View, Clovenstone, Currie, Leith Walk, St Catherine’s & St Joseph’s

With our Theatre Makers programme for Primary Schools, artists from Lyceum Creative Learning worked with P6 and P7 classes. Over a period of 6 weeks pupils learnt about the Victorians, Charles Dickens, and A Christmas Carol and were encouraged through Expressive Arts sessions to develop their own Creative responses to the play. They also visted the Lyceum Theatre to explore backstage and the auditorium and to make Props for their plays.  During the final week of the Project, the pupils shared their unique creative responses with the wider school community.


“Thank you for helping us make our production of A Christmas Carol, we really enjoyed it! We especially enjoyed seeing your version of the play. The actors were amazing. We loved how they all sung, danced, played instruments and moved props.” School pupil

Project Scrooge: High School Challenge

Balerno, Currie, (with Woodlands School), Queensferry, Royal High, Westerhailes Education Centre

With the 6 participating High Schools, artists and practitioners from the Company worked with school subject specialists and pupils in S3 to develop creative learning across all areas of the Curriculum. Project Scrooge took place in schools over 3 intensive days when usual timetables were suspended and pupils worked in Project Groups and took part in a series of tasks and creative challenges linked to A Christmas Carol. On the third day the Project culminated in a sharing of work for Parents and the wider school community.

Feedback from High School Teachers:
“I really enjoyed the chance to get out of the classroom and work with students in a more creative way.”
“Most of the pupils got a huge amount out of the project in terms of organisation and confidence to try things”

“Positive experiences were plentiful – seeing students get truly involved in an activity and make it their own was one that certainly stood out.”
“It was a great opportunity to work with other teachers in the school; the collaborative result was really something to be proud of.”

Project Scrooge: Participant numbers:

Project Scrooge: Theatre Makers
280 P7 pupils (8 Primary Schools)
21 Teachers
4 Artists

Project Scrooge: High School Challenge
735 pupils (6 High Schools)
82 Teachers (all subjects)
18 Artists

All pupils and teachers came to the Lyceum Theatre, many for the first time, to see A Christmas Carol in December 2013.

Project Scrooge has been made possible with the generous support of:
City of Edinburgh Council | Creative Scotland | Edinburgh Airport Community Fund | The Miller Group | The Nancie Massey Charitable Trust |  Robertson Trust | RS Macdonald Trust |