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Image: ASPIRE Drama rehearsals

Image: ASPIRE Drama rehearsals

Dundee city council - aspire drama


I originally developed the ASPIRE Drama programme in 2018 in my previous role within Dundee Rep’s Engage department. In returning to my freelance practice, Dundee City Council commissioned me to work with them directly to continue producing the programme and to also become the Drama Artist resident within the P3-7 classes at St. Francis Primary (3 days per week).

As Producer, I have designed a year-round programme of cross-curricular drama projects for a recently constructed shared campus, comprising Longhaugh Primary, St. Francis Primary, Quarry View Nursery and neighbouring Longhaugh Nursery, working with every teacher and over 850 pupils throughout the school year to raise attainment. I am responsible for recruiting, training and supporting the Drama Artist team, timetabling the programme of approximately 40 groups per week, managing the budget, ensuring we meet project outcomes, and identifying ways to enrich the project further with in-school performances by companies such as Theatre in Schools Scotland, Tortoise in a Nutshell and Shaper/Caper.

Through each of their projects, the pupils use drama to explore and respond to stories, objects, places, landmarks, people, themes or pieces of live performance, with robust links to the Curriculum for Excellence. Within each setting there are also opportunities for sharing learning with other classes and creating end of project performances for audiences of pupils, families and friends. As such, projects are bespoke and tailored to each individual class, with each workshop developing as a response to the previous one. Through participating in our work, pupils become more confident and inquisitive, they learn to work better both individually and in teams, and they find they are more able to give and receive feedback in a safe, supported and positive environment.

Image: Creative Dundee logo

Image: Creative Dundee logo



Creative Dundee believes that culture and creativity are essential catalysts for positive change, existing to support creative talent to base, grow and sustain their practice in and around Dundee, by amplifying and connecting the city’s creativity.

Creative Dundee creates spaces to enable opportunities, galvanise action and profile the city so that citizens and visitors alike can access, experience and enjoy Dundee’s active creative scene, and also leads collaborative projects which generate local, national and international opportunities for people and the city - to support Dundee’s strong creative ecology.

The Board was first established in March 2016 and so, as a new Board, we began by exploring how to support taking the organisation forward, the highlight to date being a successful application to become a Regularly Funded Organisation in Creative Scotland’s 2018-21 portfolio.

If you would like to join Creative Dundee and make our city even better for everyone, have your voice heard and make the world as passionate about Dundee’s creative scene as we all are, then do check out our Amps supporters network.