About Learning and Participation

We love the performing arts and we want everyone to have opportunities to get involved and take part.

What we do

Our Learning and Participation programme creates a range of ways for people to discover and explore the performing arts, as audience members, and as participants and artists in creative projects. That means we’ve done some extraordinary things over the years: from building a giant beanstalk in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, to making original films and dance works with all of Edinburgh’s special schools. So, in the same way that you might buy a ticket for a stand-up gig, a ballet or a musical at a Capital Theatres venue, you might also attend a tea party with live music, try tap dancing or write original songs based on your neighbourhood.

Meet the team

Cat Sheridan, Learning and Participation Coordinator

Dawn Irvine, Learning and Participation Coordinator (Dementia Friendly Projects)

Our ethos

We believe in everyone’s right to participate in the cultural life of the community and to enjoy the arts. We recognise that Capital Theatres plays a significant role in Edinburgh’s cultural life and work proactively to increase and broaden engagement with the arts. We work with patterns of attendance and participation to address inequalities in access to the arts. From spring 2018, our five core areas of work are:

  1. Programming and pioneering alternative performance experiences, such as relaxed and dementia friendly performances, for audiences whose needs are not met by traditional models.
  2. Offering greater access to our artistic programme through collaborations with visiting companies.
  3. Producing high-quality new work in which diverse people join us as participants, co-creators and performers.
  4. Animating our foyer spaces through a stimulating series of performances, activities and events.
  5. Maximising opportunities presented by the redevelopment of the King’s Theatre for people to engage in the performing arts and heritage.