Digital Direction

Digital Direction is a new project for secondary schools from Edinburgh International Festival, designed to support the Higher and Advanced Higher Drama qualifications by connecting students with leading theatre practitioners.


Developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in consultation with drama educators, its purpose is to enrich these courses, inspiring drama students during a time when they are unable to access live theatre.

The project will interview professionals from across the theatre sector asking them about their practise, experiences and any advice they have for the students. Below you will find interviews with Justin Audibert, Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre, and Jude Doherty and Ben Harrison, Co-Artistic Directors of Grid Iron theatre company, as well as an in-depth exploration of the National Theatre of Scotland’s Scenes for Survival.

Check back for more interviews coming soon.


Justin Audibert – Artistic Director, The Unicorn Theatre


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We chat to Justin Audibert, the Artistic Director of The Unicorn Theatre in London – the UK’s leading theatre for young audiences. Justin discusses with us the process he took during lockdown to turn his successful stage show Anansi the Spider into a series of online theatre performances, as well as provide some tips and tricks for creating your own online theatre.


National Theatre of Scotland – Scenes for Survival


In partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland, this package films explores the process of creating their hugely success Scenes for Survival. We chat to a variety of professionals involved in the process giving insight into creating theatre for online.

All of the Scenes for Survival can be watched here.


Jude Doherty and Ben Harrison – Co-Artistic Directors, Grid Iron


Scotland’s leading site-specific theatre company, Grid Iron have been creating incredible pieces of theatre for 25 years. We can to Co-Artistic Directors Jude Doherty and Ben Harrison about creating site=specific work, their illustrious career as a company and what happens when you aren’t allowed to bring audiences to exciting site-specific theatre locations.


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