Hamilton Creative Engagement Activity

Capital Theatre’s Creative Engagement team have been working hard on a brilliant range of activity to ensure that the musical phenomenon Hamilton is shared with as many students, schools, and young people in our community as possible.  

Over 2000 young people from schools, local colleges and early years artists have had the opportunity to delve deeper into Hamilton and the fascinating range of careers that the theatre industry offers.  

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Hamilton swing rehearsals with drama students © Greg Macvean
For Creative Engagement Coordinator Izzy Sivewright the impact of these events is clear:

“For Capital Theatres, hosting a world-class musical like Hamilton is a joy in itself but to see the scope of outreach is unprecedented and incredibly inspiring. Wraparound experiences like these are vital in building connections – whether that’s enhancing an audience member’s enjoyment and understanding of a show, or whether that’s inspiring a young person to believe that a life in the arts could be for them”.

Alongside the work from Capital Theatres, these events wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of the visiting company, Izzy continues: “We are immensely grateful to the production company, cast and creative team for being so generous in offering these opportunities for Scottish communities to step into ‘the room where it happens’, and to gain such a rare window into how an incredible production like this comes together.”

“We believe that the arts should be accessible and empowering to all, and Hamilton is a show which  proves that time and time again.” 

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Sam Oladeinde (Aaron Burr) & Charles Simmons (George Washington) at Edinburgh College for a Q&A © Greg Macvean
So how did we go about proving this time and time again? Well, in just 9 weeks Capital Theatres shared Hamilton across several events including: 
  • We welcomed over 1600 school pupils and teachers from 34 different schools to a Schools Performance at the end of March. With pupils from across Scotland including Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Highlands, Angus and even Newcastle, the excitement levels in the auditorium were high! To complete the experience, there was an innovative and fun technical demo after the show, offering an insight into the range of roles offstage. 

  • 100 local Musical Theatre students observed a Hamilton Swing Rehearsal, followed by a Q&A with Resident Director Oliver Kaderbhai.
  • 41 Costume design students from Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh College attended an exclusive backstage Wardrobe Tour of the Quick Change Village and a talk with Hayley Kent (Deputy Head of Wardrobe).

  • Cast members Sam Oladeinde (Aaron Burr) and Charles Simmons (George Washington) visited Edinburgh College on a Campus Visit for a Q&A with 120 musical theatre students and staff.

  • 30 young creatives including a mix of school leavers, students, early years artists and theatre professionals enjoyed a Coffee With The Creatives and networking with the creative team from Hamilton.  
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Hamilton wardrobe tour for students studying theatre and costume © Greg Macvean
We have had some amazing feedback:  

“It is my favourite musical. I love all the choreography! It is really fun to see it with our friends today”. Boroughmuir High School pupil on the Schools Performance  

“It’s so inspiring to be able to observe the incredible ensemble and swing cast preparing for their roles – opportunities like this are so rare but so helpful in giving students like us a glimpse into what life might be like in the professional performing world!” MGA student about the Swing rehearsal 

“It was an amazing opportunity to observe such well-made costumes and also hearing firsthand about touring made me consider it as a future career.” Edinburgh College student about the Wardrobe Tour 

“It was a lovely afternoon, and both students and staff were captivated by the sharing.” Edinburgh College course leader about the Campus Visit 

“Loved it, loved it, loved it! I got to learn about jobs I’d never heard of, and it will change the way I watch shows forever.” Participant about Coffee With The Creatives 


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