Playspace is an invaluable and essential necessity for all artists to share their practice, connect, collaborate, learn and most of all to have a lot of fun without the pressure of time, space, finances or performance.

Playday participant

Through Playspace, Starcatchers supports artists across all artforms at different stages of their careers – from those interested in learning more about working with this age group to those who are experienced and want to develop their practice. The programme includes training, mentorship, artist laboratories led by sector pioneers, playday workshops, networking opportunities and bursaries to attend children’s theatre festivals.

We want to provide the opportunity to collaborate with other artists, share practice and hopefully find inspiration to push the boundaries and create art experiences for this age group and their parents and carers that are high quality and innovative.


Playing With Light

10am – 1.30pm,  8th November 2023 – in-person at Starcatchers Baby Studio, Wester Hailes 

How do you turn everyday lighting into a magical, creative experience, on a budget? Join Starcatchers in the Baby Studio for a practical workshop led by lighting designer and production manager, Emma Jones. Emma will give you insight into the how-tos of the lighting design process, the role and responsibilities of a production manager, before delivering a practical workshop on lighting non-traditional theatre spaces with basic materials. This workshop is aimed at arts professionals with no previous lighting experience.

Click here to register for free.

Playspace has been developed in collaboration with artists working with this age group, Starcatchers’ partners including Platform, Eden Court, and Aberdeen Performing Arts. A steering group oversees development of the programme.

If you have any questions or would like to talk about any aspect of the programme please contact us. 

The incredibly warm and friendly vibe I was surrounded by…seeing the imagination and curiosity of children being evoked every day was a true inspiration.

Beth Morton reflecting on her week at the Baboró festival in Ireland as part of Playspace