Dundee Rep Engage (formally Rep Creative Learning) are delighted to announce that they will once again be working in partnership with Dundee City Council’s Children and Families Service to deliver ASPIRE, a dynamic and inspiring arts education programme which aims to enhance the lives and learning of young people from schools across the city. 

ASPIRE Dundee is an ambitious project, which uses drama, dance and music across the school curriculum to increase and develop pupils’ health and wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem, challenging inequalities and developing stronger relationships across the whole school community and beyond. Funded by the Attainment Challenge, ASPIRE aims to transform children’s lives using the performing arts to empower and strengthen communities. Through an immersive approach, pupils and teachers will have the opportunity to work with highly skilled drama artists to embed drama and creativity at the heart of the new North East campus in Whitfield. 

Talking about the project, Kenny Christie, Dundee City Council Children and Families Service said: 

"We are incredibly excited to be launching this new programme of activity within the nationally recognised ASPIRE Dundee programme continuing to add to our portfolio of incredible learning opportunities for children and young people through the arts. The partnership we share with Dundee Rep Theatre and the Rep Engage Team is something that Dundee City Council is very proud of and we are delighted to build upon. Through this innovative and intense programme of work we will see some of the most incredible live theatre companies visiting Longhaugh Primary, St Francis RC Primary and Quarry View Nursery being supported by three new part time drama artist posts working within the new multi-million pound school campus." 

Andrew Panton, Artistic Director and Joint-Chief Executive of Dundee Rep Theatre, said: 

“We are delighted to be embarking on this partnership with Dundee City Council’s Children and Families Service delivering an ambitious year-round programme of work which places creativity at the heart of the new North East Schools campus in Whitfield. Through ASPIRE Dundee, our Rep Engage drama artists will work in residence in the three settings, having the unrivalled opportunity to work with every pupil and every teacher throughout the year, increasing confidence, imagination, wellbeing and ambition, improving attainment and inspiring theatre makers of the future.”