Like previous years, RLS Day 2016 is proud to offer a free workshop and show based around Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped to P6-7 classes within Edinburgh and the ‘EH’ postcode region.

In the rollicking stage show ‘Kidnapped: When Kilts were Banned’, written by Donald Smith and presented by Rough Cut Robin Productions at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, pupils can learn about young Davie Balfour and his adventures in 18th century Scotland.

A supporting workshop, held at the National Library of Scotland, allows students to delve deeper into RLS’s famous work, and respond to it through storytelling.

If you prefer an RLS Day workshop to come to your school instead, award-winning children author Danny Weston (aka Philip Caveney) is keen to share with your class how Edinburgh-based time travel gave us the Treasure Island we all love, followed by a workshop that gets your pupils to create their own piece of fiction.

Both the show and associated workshop are free but places are very limited. There is a charge for Danny Weston’s workshop.

 

 
  Mon
  7 Nov
 
NLS Workshop
(10.30-12.00)
 
When Kilts were Banned
(1.30-2.15)
 
  Tue
  8 Nov
 
NLS Workshop
(10.30-12.00)
 
When Kilts were Banned
(1.30-2.15)
 
  Wed
  9 Nov
 
NLS Workshop
(10.30-12.00)
 
When Kilts were Banned
(1.30-2.15)
 
  Thu
  10 Nov
 
NLS Workshop
(10.30-12.00)
 
When Kilts were Banned
(1.30-2.15)
 
  Fri
  11 Nov
 
 
When Kilts were Banned
(11.00-11.45)
 
 
NLS Workshop
(1.00-2.30)
 

 

 
  by appt.
 
 
author Danny Weston Workshop visits your class
 

 

Please see below for the different package options and booking information.

 

 

Option 1: Workshop and Show package

(free; limited places)
 
The City of Literature Trust offers limited slots for a workshop and show package, in association with the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

From Monday to Thursday this involves a workshop in the morning at the National Library and then a show in the afternoon. On Fridays, the show is in the morning to allow for Edinburgh half-days, but an afternoon workshop slot will be on offer.

This package will be offered on a first come first served basis. Both the workshop and show are fully accessible, but please notify us of any access requirements so we can make adjustments as needed. Please note: lunch will not be provided, and all school groups must provide their own transport. We encourage use of public transport, as parking at both venues is difficult.

To book or get more info: email [email protected].


Option 2: Show only

(free; limited places)
 
The City of Literature Trust also offers spaces for school groups to just see the show at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Priority will be given to students in P6 or 7, although they may be able to accommodate some younger children.

This package is also offered on a first come, first served basis. The Storytelling Centre is accessible, but please notify us of any access requirements so we can make adjustments as needed.
All school groups must provide their own transport. Again, we encourage use of public transport as there is very limited parking in the Netherbow area.

To book or get more info: email [email protected].


Option 3: Author workshop in your class!

(appearance fee applicable; booking required)
 
If you would prefer an author to visit your school in honour of RLS Day, Danny Weston will be available for a classroom-based workshop (for around 30 students). Danny will be able to give a fascinating talk about his work, followed by a workshop which leads participants into creating their own piece of fiction.

Information about fees and availability: email [email protected].


 

Robert Louis Stevenson’s timeless tale follows young Davie Balfour, who after the death of his parents leaves home for the first time only to be double crossed by his devious uncle. With the help of Scottish Rebel Alan Breck Stewart can these two escape the hands of the British Soldiers and finally confront his sly uncle? Discover this essential Scottish story in Donald Smith’s gutsy, exhilarating adaptation as you go on an ex-citing, fast moving and adventure-filled story for all the family.

 

 

Delve deeper into the world of Kidnapped in this 90 minute drama-based workshop, which will explore character, adventure and imagination. The session, aimed at P6 and 7, has been developed as the perfect companion to both the ‘When Kilts Were Banned’ show and Stevenson’s book. Participants will be encouraged to create, discover and respond through various forms of storytelling. Run by Rough Cut Robin Productions.

 

 

Danny weston (also writing as Philip Caveney) has written two books for young people which tie directly into the world of Robert Louis Stevenson day.

Seventeen Coffins is a time travel adventure that delves into the murky world of Burke and Hare, while One For Sorrow sees the hero go back in time to help Stevenson turn Treasure Island into the well-loved book we know today.

Danny will be able to give a fascinating talk about his work, followed by a workshop which leads participants into creating their own piece of fiction. Danny/Philip was the winner of the Scottish Children’s Book Award 2016. Read more in this Guardian interview about how RLS inspired him.

Event Coordinator: Edinburgh City of Literature Trust

0131 557 9850

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