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Break a leg! 

But not literally – as I now know the pain and inconvenience of this!!!

The very best of luck to all of our S4 pupils who will be presenting their Drama  Skills assessment today to a live audience of primary school pupils! 

I am so sorry I am not there to see you all but know you will be absolutely fantastic!!! Be confident, be professional and enjoy it! I can’t wait to see the video evidence once I’m fully recovered! 

Ms W x 


Fancy seeing some new theatre written by local, up and coming talent? Today The Wee Theatre Festival is showcasing just that, with site specific performances across Inverness and beyond. 

One in particular, The Debut, is written by former pupil Jack Reid and performed by current pupil Vicky Macrae. And we can’t wait to go along and support them! 

TODAY, 2pm, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. We’ll be there…. Will you? 

Upcoming shows…

There are a few things up and coming that shouldn’t be missed so here’s our run down…! 

The Higher and NPA will be setting off on a Glasgow adventure to see the spectacular ‘Dragon’ by Vox Motus. Wallace and Van Exan saw this a few years ago and it is utterly mesmerising! We can’t wait to see what you think! A perfect example of meaningful theatre that can tell a story through beautiful movement only – there are NO words in this production, but you won’t miss them! Get a sneak peek here…
Another one for our senior pupils is the brand new National Theatre of Scotland production ‘Our Lady of Perpetual Succour’ – directed by the fab Vicky Featherstone. Adapted from Alan Warner’s brilliant novel, 6 girls on the cusp of change. Love, lust, pregnancy and death all spiral out of control in a single day. Warner’s blisteringly funny dialogue ends in fireworks (literally). It’s a musical play about losing your virginity and finding yourself. 

The National Theatre Live programme – amazing productions streamed live from London and made available for us to watch in Inverness – is looking great. ‘Hamlet’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch and ‘Of Mice and Men’ with Chris O’Dowd and James Franco to name just an exciting few. 

Special mention also to the live screening of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ from the Vaudeville Theatre in October. 

At Christmas we’ll have to go along and support our very talented pupils who are performing in the Eden Court pantomime – Peter Pan! 

For our musical lovers who are still dealing with post show blues after Culloden’s spectacular production of ‘Hairspray’ – there’s a brand new professional tour in town of that very show! 

And that’s a fair amount to be dealing with for now! Let’s get booking!!! 



[image sourced from Eden Court website]

Would you like to star in the local pantomime? Eden Court Theatre are holding junior auditions for their 2015 production of ‘Peter Pan’ – and not just for the usual ‘panto babes’ who sing and dance, but also for the acting roles of John and Michael, who get to fly!!!

Auditions take place at Eden Court, Inverness on Sunday 23rd August 2015 at 9.30am for a 10am start

Full details, including how to register, can be found here…


Former pupil success! 

Congratulations to former Culloden Academy Drama student Jessica Gallagher who has just graduated from The Bridge Acting School in London – we can’t wait to see what comes next for you and wish you the very best of luck! Keep your eyes peeled everyone for this very talented girl! 


Thank you cards

The Culloden Academy puppeteers had a full mail bag today: thank you cards and drawings from  some of the P1 and Nursery audiences that they visited on their tour. There were some lovely comments (and super drawings!) which confirmed that the puppet tour was a resounding success!!!

Our own Rector, Dr Vance, was also super impressed with the feedback and praised the students for their hard work and commitment.

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Well done everyone, and we can’t wait for the shadow puppetry Hallowe’en show!



Author Teri Terry has launched a nationwide competition for the creation of a trailer to promote her latest teenage novel, Mind Games! Keen? Here’s what you need to do…

Step 1: Read Mind Games

Step 2: Film and edit a trailer

Step 3: Upload it to YouTube then post a link in the comments section of Teri’s blog, link below.


What is the prize?

Mainland UK entries: an event by me at your school or library. One set of my signed books (Mind Games, Slated, Fractured and Shattered), bookmarks, and a card written by me and signed to each of those who took part in making the trailer.

When does it take place?

It is open NOW! And closes on 30th September 2015.

Who can enter?

Anyone! There will be one prize for Mainland UK entries, and one prize for the rest of the world. You can be a reading group, a book group, an English class, a few friends, or an individual. But you do have to nominate a school or a library for the Mainland UK prize, as detailed below.

A few hints…

  • A book trailer should make people want to read the book, without giving too much of the plot away.
  • Short and snappy is good: less than a minute or two is usually best.

The picky stuff:

  • My publisher, Orchard Books, and myself will choose the winners. Our decision is final. There may be more prizes, at our discretion.
  • Please don’t use stuff you don’t have rights to – so for eg, don’t use music, images or footage that you need permission to use.
  • In your comments posting the link to your trailer, please say the country you live in, and your school or library.
  • The event for the Mainland UK winner by me will be at a mutually agreed date and location, and will include a talk and Q&A for up to an hour, and a book signing session.
  • I may remove links to any trailers deemed offensive, at my discretion.
  • By entering and posting a link to your trailer, you are giving permission for my publisher and me to use the trailer as we see fit.

BFI summer school 


After a visit from BFI’s Tristan last week, lots of you have expressed an interest in attending the film school in the summer. The good news is the deadline has been extended – but because the dates had to be changed. Please head over to their site using the link below to check these, and if it still suits, then what are you waiting for? Details for applying are on the site! Go for it!



The Culloden Academy Puppetry Club are now more than halfway through their ‘tour’ around our feeder primaries. The audience has been made up of a mix of nursery and Primary 1 pupils. With several performances now under their belt the puppeteers are going from strength to strength with amazing audience response so far! Their most recent visit to Duncan Forbes Primary was a real highlight (see below)

The tour concludes on Friday 12th June at Smithton Primary which we wish them well for. What will these puppeteers get up to next? Keep your eyes peeled for new ventures after the summer holidays!



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Over the past three years, several of our pupils have represented the school as Eden Court Creative Ambassadors. Their job has been to keep our school up to date with events and productions at Eden Court and to ensure that we are getting the best possible provision of performing arts in our community. We are now in a position where all of our Ambassadors have left and so, we are recruiting new ones!

Full details of what the role entails can be found here;

Ambassadors FAQs 2015

And if you’re interested, the application form can be found here;

Ambassadors Application Form 2015

Deadline for applicants is 15th June so you haven’t got long!


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