The Stage is reporting that arts leaders have called for the rest of the UK to follow Scotland’s lead and give every primary school child the chance to see at least one live theatre performance a year.
The Theatre in Schools Scotland scheme was launched last week in Edinburgh as a joint project between Scotland’s national creative organisation Imaginate and the National Theatre of Scotland.
The programme, which is being piloted for three years, aims to ensure that every child sees a minimum of one performing arts production per year in their school or nursery, as “a core part of their education”.
National Campaign for the Arts chair and actor Samuel West hailed it as a “wonderful” initiative “that should resonate with the whole of the UK”.
He told The Stage: “Every child has the right to enjoy live, high-quality art. Children’s engagement is crucial if we are going to develop the diverse range of artists and audiences we need for the future. Following the recent suggestions that GCSE drama in England may no longer require students to see a live performance, it seems Scotland is showing England the way forward.”
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