The Lost Things – production for P5-7, at The Brunton this February

Tortoise in a Nutshell - The Lost Things
Tortoise in a Nutshell – The Lost Things

Tortoise in a Nutshell, the award winning Edinburgh based visual theatre company, presents The Lost Things, an exciting production for children in P5 to P7 this February. Tackling themes of loss, friendship and loneliness, this is an immersive experience that transports them to another world. An accompanying education pack is available.

It’s a world of lost things: car keys, wedding rings, dads, and a mysterious girl who is building an amazing machine.

Performed in a unique dome structure, The Lost Things is about losing things and finding things you didn’t even know you were looking for. This is a dark fairytale set in a fantastical world, where nothing is quite as it seems.

Created by this award winning company with writer Oliver Emanuel, this was originally commissioned by Imaginate and supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Expo Fund.

The Lost Things is on Wednesday 24 February at 11am and 1.30pm. Schools tickets are £5.25 for East Lothian Council Schools, with one free ticket for teachers per 10 pupils booked.

To book, call the Box Office on 0131 665 2240 or email

Learn Bioscience with Zombies: Friday 19th April LAStheatre will be hosting a special FREE performance for schools, 10.30am to 1pm

LAStheatre presents Deadinburgh, science-performance project at SummerHall

Deadinburgh is an immersive, entertaining, theatrical visitor experience, based on a zombie outbreak in Edinburgh.

This experiential theatre event introduces the audience to the worlds of epidemiology and biomedical science by bringing together professional actors and scientists from laboratories including: The Roslin Institute; London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Heriot Watt University; Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology; Centre for Eating Disorders (Scotland); Manchester Metropolitan’s School of Healthcare Science; University College London; and the University of Edinburgh.

On Friday 19th April LAStheatre will be hosting a special FREE performance for schools, from 10.30am to 1pm.

The event is suitable for 14yrs upwards. An educational resource pack will also be available following the performance, which includes a selection of activities and exercises to encourage debate and discussion about science, ethics and human rights, in line with the curriculum for excellence.

There are still places available for this exclusive school performance.
To book school places or for further information, please email

Beccy Ashdown
Education, LAStheatre

Dunbar – Theatre Show and FREE workshops for families over Easter holidays

The Knight and the Crescent Hare Theatre Show

Dunbar Town House

Sir Ranald and Templar, copyright Douglas Robertson

 Thursday 28th March, 7pm

Friday 29th March, 2pm & 7pm

Saturday 30th March, 2pm & 7pm

 Come on a journey with 2 museum security guards as they awaken a mysterious object which transports them back to the 12th century. The guard find themselves having to help a Scottish soldier on a quest, with a local Arabic inventor, to deliver a letter to Richard the Lionheart! Suitable for children aged 7 and over, young adults, families and adults. Includes sword fights, explosions, jokes, and even a song about inventions! An experience not to be missed. Only 15 tickets per performance as the audience join the show on their adventure around the building. £3 per ticket, from John Muir’s Birthplace (01368 865 899) or the Brunton Theatre (0131 665 2240)

 The Knight and the Crescent Hare Workshops

Dunbar Primary School (John Muir Campus)

 Tuesday 26th March, 10am-4pm

Wednesday 27th March, 10am-4pm

Thursday 28th March, 10am-4pm

 Join a writer, photographer and digital artist to create your own digital stories, inspired by museum objects! FREE workshop, suitable for families, adults or groups. 10 spaces per day. Spaces must be booked beforehand by contacting John Muir’s Birthplace on 01368 865899. To check out what others have already created, go to

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East Lothian Youth Theatre 4 day drama school – this Easter

Aged 12 – 18? interested in theatre? Join East Lothian Youth Theatre for a 4 day drama school this Easter.

Mon 2 – Thu 5 April, 10am – 4pm in the Rehearsal Room at Brunton Theatre
For ages 12 -18
£60 for 4 days (£48 for LPP holders)

Play to performance. An exciting and engaging exploration of contemporary plays, lifting the words off the page and into action. Discover how a piece of writing becomes the performance you see on stage, and be part of the process.
Over four days, you’ll work with a range of plays and how to perform them – developing characters, staging scenes and telling stories. This is a great opportunity to let your imagination and creativity run loose on some of the best writing for young people in Scotland!

Gordon Barr, Artistic Director of the Bard in the Botanics Festival in Glasgow, will lead the group. Gordon has been a director and drama tutor for many well-known companies across Scotland including the National Theatre of Scotland, Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling, Cumbernauld Theatre and TAG in Glasgow. During this time he has directed young people in various productions, ranging from Shakespeare to Alice in Wonderland.

Places are limited and will be given on a first come – first served basis.
Don’t miss out and book now! Call Brunton Theatre Box Office on 0131 665 2240.
Further information and a registration form will be sent out at the time of booking.

Scottish Youth Theatre: CfE-based Workshops for Your Nursery

Curriculum for Excellence – Nursery

Scottish Youth Theatre’s house style of highly interactive, exciting, young person centred theatre activities are enjoyed nationally throughout Scotland.

The workshops encourage a motivation for learning, instil openness to new thinking and ideas by promoting independent thinking. All participants will develop and communicate their own beliefs and views of the world; work in partnership and teams; develop their own ideas; and solve problems creatively.

Nursery Storytime (1hr)

Descriptor: Choose from one of the classic tales and let your class experience the story through lively, fast paced games, action rhymes and role play.

Sleeping Beauty, The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and The Pea, Little Red Riding Hood , The Frog Prince and The Enormous Turnip

Curriculum level: Early

Experience: ‘Inspired by a range of stimuli , I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through drama’


Friendship (1hr)

Descriptor: What is an ideal friend? What do you do when you fall out with your friend? Let’s think about how to solve friendship problems.

Curriculum level: Early

Experience: ‘I use drama to explore real and imaginary situations, helping me to understand my world’.


The Magic Key (1hr)

Descriptor: Look at the key?, look at the message and join in the story adventure. Celebrating the power of young peoples imagination the pupils will prepare for an exciting adventure in which they need to be problem solvers along the way. Who will they meet?, Where will they go?, How can they help make a happily ever after?

Curriculum level: Early

Experience: ‘I have the freedom to choose and explore how I can use my voice, movement and expression in role play and drama’

‘It was excellent…the tutor was fantastic – really loved the experience had a great time’ – Teacher, Broomloan Nursery, Glasgow

‘Thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, felt enthusiastic about using ideas in the nursery’ – Teacher, Milton Community Nursery, Glasgow

To enquire or book a Curriculum for Excellence workshop please call 0141 5523988 or email

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