Welcome, professionals!

This is where we share our learning about our work as Scotland’s national early years theatre and drama-led play specialists and seek to connect with other professionals.

P&P Hubs film

A 20 minute film about our 2022 Porridge & Play project in Bridgeton, Castlemilk & Cranhill

Licketyspit – Home of Storyplay Scotland, is a children’s theatre & play charity based in Glasgow.

Licketyspit’s drama-led play approach is called Storyplay. It is built on the synergy between actors and children as play experts. It is rooted in developmental work with 3-7 year olds over the last 20 years. Our instrumental projects are delivered by skilled actor-pedagogues who make it easy and fun for everyone to play – children & adults – to unlock their imaginations and become their fullest selves. Our approach is underpinned by children’s rights, a commitment to equality and a belief that everyone is creative!

In this part of our website, you can find out more about us, including our methodology and the evidence base for our work, what other professionals say about our work, reports on many of our projects.

In Happening Now you can find out about our latest and upcoming work.

In Sharing Practice you can read Virginia’s Diary where she unpacks some of the impacts of our work. You can also find out how our work supports EAL, Additional Support Needs, Emotional Literacy, ACES and more.

If you think Storyplay sounds like an approach that would enhance your practice, visit our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) page, and contact us to explore training and partnership options.

Read our 2022-23 annual report here.

Read our 2020-21 annual report here.

Watch a 5 minute film

“Utterly child centred theatre. The whole school from nursery to P7 were transfixed!”

Senior Teacher, Edinburgh, Heelie-go-Leerie 2008

“Children who would normally be reluctant to contribute to discussions are willingly offering ideas and solutions as they are caught up in the imaginative world of Licketyspit.”

Head Teacher, Storyplay School

“The actors were very enthusiastic and brought out a lot of the children’s imagination during the session. Children enjoyed it and would be very beneficial to children, parents and staff if it was a regular part of the curriculum.”

Nursery Teacher, Glasgow, LicketyLeap Dramatika Pilot 2015

“They are able to become more confident in how they build relationships with other children, express their ideas, emotions or imaginations”

Carer , Primary 2 Bookplay, Storyplay School

“We thought ‘Ali’ was deaf. Three weeks after LicketyLeap we are having to ask him to be quiet!”

Teacher, LicketyLeap, Craigmillar, 2014

Porridge & Play Whiteinch celebration session 2022

“I have a background in youth work too, and from that, and from having a wee one myself, I honestly think Licketyspit is the best and most dynamic play service I’ve seen.”

Project Manager, Cranhill Development Trust, 2022

“It was great to work on this. I so admire the work you all do with the families! It’s an exemplary play project, that really brings people together, and I wish you every success with future plans.”

Filmmaker, Big Porridge & Play, 2022

“Licketyspit do games, rhymes and songs like no-one else! It’s a powerful tool for adults and children working together. You’re sharing as you go. You love the rhythms, the tune, you can shout it, you can use your body. ”

Visual Artist, Family Art Voyage 2022

“Really interesting to see how the medium of play can help children open up and share their thoughts, concerns and aspirations’ Scottish Government civil servant”

Scottish Government Civil Servant, Have Your Say Through Play, 2020

“One of their best mornings ever!”

Primary 2 Teacher , LicketyLeap, Storyplay

Porridge & Play Ruchill & Online celebration session 2022

Licketyspit wants to empower children and to show them how to open doors to imaginary play worlds that we believe can unlock their limitless possibilities. We think imaginative group play should be part of every day for every child. And that the wonderful thing about having or working with a child is the opportunity it presents for adults to re-connect with our own playfulness – which is great for us and crucial for our children.

We are committed to joined-up thinking, collaboration and developing wider understanding about how theatre, the arts and our Storyplay approach can foster a story-rich, inclusive, child-centred culture where every child feels valued, included and has agency to give voice to their thoughts feelings and ideas.

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