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. You can find out about us, our projects, methodology and latest activity, and get in touch.

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, 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 Happening Now you can find out what we’re up to at the moment.

In Sharing Practice you can read Virginia’s Diary for our latest reflections on our work, and find out about how our work supports EAL, Additional Support Needs, Emotional Literacy, ACES and more. You can also find information about our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions and evaluation findings.

What do we do?

Licketyspit creates and tours original children’s theatre for 0-12’s within a multi-stranded output of drama-led play projects that involve intergenerational play, story-making, writing and telling; music; songs; rhymes; playground play; poetry; drawing; dance and performance. We have particular expertise at creative engagement with 3-7’s, children with additional support needs and with english as an additional language.

We sustain child/family engagement and embed participant agency in our work through our Children & Families Network. We train children’s professionals, volunteers and parents/carers to become children’s rights-respecting Play Champions.

Where do we do it?

We lead inter-generational child-centred play in schools, arts and community settings. We work in early years; primary, nursery education and special needs settings; in theatres, primary, nursery, special schools, community centres, galleries, parks and museums.

What can we do for you?

We deliver CPD to teachers and child-care professionals in the use of drama-led play and creativity to support child development, children’s rights and attainment. Our approach is particularly relevant to early years professionals; primary and nursery teachers; children and families professionals; arts practitioners and organisations seeking to work in a children’s rights-based, child-centred way.

Licketyspit is committed to joined-up thinking and collaboration and to developing wider understanding about how theatre-arts – or what we call ‘Storyplay’- 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.

We think imaginative group play should be part of everyday 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. 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.

“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

“Elliot enjoyed the session and participated more than I expected him to. Language barrier didn’t stop him participating in the session.”

Primary 1 Teacher , LicketyLeap, Storyplay

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