Funded by the Climate Challenge Fund and with a social enterprise ethos, the Eco Drama team deliver theatre shows, drama workshops, CPD teacher training, and creative learning experiences to schools, communities, festivals and events throughout Scotland.
Below you will find a case study which illustrates some of the company’s latest work and highlights some of the real benefits that the project is bringing to young people and communities.
The Forgotten Orchard is a play written by Eco Drama for ages 6+. The show draws inspiration from Scottish apples and our lost orchard heritage, and aims to spark imaginations and re-connect young people emotionally as well as intellectually with the theme of local food.
The show is currently being delivered to primary schools across Scotland, as well as being performed at Apple Days, festivals, community halls and theatres. As part of the Climate Challenge Funded project, schools not only receive a performance of The Forgotten Orchard, teachers are also invited to attend Orchard Training sessions with an apple growing specialist, receive 3 Scottish apple trees to help get their school orchard started, and are given comprehensive teachers resources, including a Classroom Activity Pack, local food educational poster and a variety pack of seeds.
Ultimately, the project aims to inspire a new generation of food growers and local eaters!
Here’s what our audiences have to say about the show: -
It was entertaining and captured their
interest from the very start. The topic/ language wasn’t too hard and it was
familiar to them . . . An excellent performance. The children (and teachers)
loved every minute
Jemma Harrison, P5 teacher, Balornock Primary
It made me think
about where I get my apples from and if I've ever tasted a Scottish apple
Zoe, age 11
… a delicious morsel of story-telling to whet the appetite for
learning about where your food comes from and a treat for anyone working on the
Eco-Schools ‘Food and the Environment’ topic.
Eve Keepax, Policy Officer (Food and the Environment), Eco Schools Scotland
10 primary schools in Glasgow recently took part in our winter Orchard Training sessions, and subsequently 10 new school orchards have now been planted across Glasgow. Please see some feedback from the training participants below: -
‘I enjoyed all aspect of this course, from learning about general apple growing history to how to plant our trees and get the children involved. I thought this was an excellent training day! It left me feeling enthusiastic and prepared for planning and planting out school orchard. The Eco Drama representatives were fantastic, friendly and encouraging and Andrew thoroughly explained all the items necessary to get us well on our way.’
‘Thanks for the excellent opportunity to begin an orchard in our school. It is a fantastic idea and a great chance for inner city kids to experience something new!’
Below is a photo from St Antonine Primary’s apple tree planting ceremony: -
‘Thanks to the eco drama team and to Andrew Lear for the three trees in total we were given to plant. The Antonine Eco Group really enjoyed it and we had a helping hand from our janitor and from some parents and carers. The Eco pupils learned very quickly how to plant the trees and were doing it by themselves after the first tree. We enjoyed eating apples during the ceremony and toasted the health and future of the trees with apple juice then parents and visitors came inside for tea and apple pies. Thanks again’
Sarah Sinclair, St Antonine Primary, Glasgow
To help reduce the emissions of our visits across Scotland, Eco Drama tour in ‘The Magic Van’, a fun eye-catching vehicle run on recycled vegetable oil. Not only does this help reduce our C02 emissions by 85% in comparison to normal diesel, we are demonstrating ourselves to children and young people as positive green role models.