Creative Scotland announced today that Independent Arts Projects (IAP) would receive £101,961 in support from the Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance to tour S.E.X. Education Explorers by Mamoru Iriguchi across Scotland in 2023.

A time-travel ride through evolution of sexes, celebrating our diverse gender identities and sexualities. Packed with joy, humour and DIY tech, S.E.X. Education Explorers is a playful new take on sex education from award-winning artist Mamoru Iriguchi. An eye-opening experience for everyone who missed the sex education they deserved at school! 12+ 

S.E.X. was presented at Schwankhalle, Bremen in Germany and toured the project to a limited number of secondary schools in Scotland in May 2022. During this time a Zine and post-show workshop has been developed for schools for future presentations.  

S.E.X. premiered to a sold out run at Summerhall, Edinburgh as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021 and the Made in Scotland showcase. S.E.X. was winner of the Infallibles Award 2021 in the category of Best Show for Young Audiences and nominated for a Creative Edinburgh Award in the Creativity Category.  

S.E.X. was also supported in its development by Imaginate, City of Edinburgh Council, Marlborough Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival through their residency at Leith Academy, Summerhall. 

Mamoru Iriguchi, Lead Artist, and Mhari Robinson of Independent Arts Projects commented, “We are so excited to bring Sex Education Xplorers to audiences across Scotland. Packed with 1980s pop hits and humour, S.E.X. also shares lived experiences from its LGBTQIA+ creative team. We know from audience feedback in theatres and secondary schools that this offers a powerfully engaging and thought-provoking experience for all our audiences. Huge thanks to the Touring Fund for supporting this.”

This support will allow us to tour in May/June time and September/October time in 2023. The Touring Fund will support us to tour to Theatres, Arts Centres and community spaces around Scotland, with a focus on bringing the work to locations where we’d usually be unable to bring it – rural/remote/island locations, and non-central urban spaces.  

You can find out more about the production here.

Photo: Niall Walker