Our mission is to amplify and empower voices of different communities, people and places through theatre, film and music. We aim to create equitable, fair and kind spaces for participants to grow in confidence, make new friends and discover the joy of theatre.
Joy. Kindness. Fairness. Creativity. Imagination.
Engage. Create. Support.
We will aim to develop and develop a theatre company that practices equity, fairness and kindness before everything else. We aim to create collaborative and creative spaces that give artists, audiences and participants agency in their work.
We create spaces that are positive, joyful and kind. We believe in the values of accessibility, affordability and approachability in our work.
At the Root offers drama, music and film activities for children, young people and adults within Edinburgh and the Lothians. We aim to amplify and empower local people and their stories through creative, participatory and positive spaces which celebrate individuality and togetherness. We believe that participating in regular creative activities helps participants grow in confidence, make friends for life and develop lifelong creative and social skills.
At the Root also offers opportunities for professional collaboration and development. We aim to create spaces for early-career and emerging artists to collaborate on new, exciting projects while being fairly paid. We believe that all professional collaborations in the arts should be fair, kind and joyful.
How It Started
At the Root was co-founded by a group of students at Queen Margaret University, Heriot Watt University and New College Lanarkshire. After a successful collaboration in 2015 with the Regal Theatre, Matthew Swan and Kyle McRoberts were offered the opportunity to launch a youth arts programme within the theatre in Bathgate. Matthew Swan, Nichole Cook, Hannah Scott, Murray Cowan, Kathy Smith and Kyle McRoberts launched the company in August 2015.
Since then, the company has been running successful weekly workshop programmes and projects in West Lothian. We currently run drama workshops in Bathgate, Livingston and Edinburgh for children, young people and adults. Past projects have also included film clubs, music clubs and performance projects. One highlight was performing at the National Festival of Youth Theatre in 2017.
In November 2020, as our mission grew, we decided to change name to At the Root Theatre to properly reflect the work we do and our position within the community. We believe in championing local people and their stories, giving them a space to thrive, to have agency and to find joy in togetherness and collaboration.
At the Root : 2021 & Beyond
At the Root is committed to working at a grassroots level to create opportunities for children, young people and adults to engage with creative and cultural activity regularly. We want to widen access to the arts by working with local people, businesses and partners to create as many positive spaces as possible. At the Root believes that participating in creative and cultural activity can have a substantial and positive impact on a life.
As our communities change and adapt from the pandemic, we will continue to change and adapt to suit their needs. We will work to ensure our activities and projects are accessible, affordable and approachable to everyone in our communities. We will always be kind, generous and welcoming to everyone who we meet on our journey.