The Big Data Show

Conceived after a chance meeting between award-winning playwright and theatre director Clare Duffy, and renowned technology journalist Rupert Goodwins, The Big Data Show is a call to action for greater understanding and safety in our cyber world, for present and future generations.

The Big Data Show takes the form of two hour interactive theatre show designed to educate young people across the UK in cyber vulnerability. It addresses growing threats to young people’s wellbeing as they navigate this digital world.

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The Big Data Show will take pre- and post-performance workshops to schools before they attend the performance. Each school will receive a teachers’ pack of cross curricular activities that run in tandem with the curriculum for excellence. Over the next 12 months it is planned that the project will reach around 15,000 young people.

Book the show for your school group via our online form. Spaces limited.


Watch our five minute video on how to take part in The Big Data Show, including how to download our SuperSwipe game App and how to access The Big Data Show online.

If you have any questions or queries, please get in touch.

Click through to our page of post-show resources, including links to helpful sites, a Q&A with Rupert and our cybersecurity quiz!


Teacher’s Pack

Created in consultation with teaching professionals, our teacher’s pack for The Big Data Show contains background information about the show, classroom resources and links to further reading.

*This document is password protected – please contact us for the password if you haven’t already received it.

Teacher’s HANDBOOK

This document is intended to be used in conjunction with your class’s Big Data Show experience. It contains a step-by-step explanation of the experience (warning – contains spoilers!) and suggested activities during the intervals.

post-show resources

On this page, you will find links to a Q&A with Rupert Goodwins, our Big Data Show quiz, and links to some useful sites to learn more about coding, our online rights, and career opportunities for STEM subjects.

Risk assessment

We have created a dynamic document with our ethics committee to think through what possible risks there might be when using our app SWIPE as part of workshop or performance.


We’ve drafted our Terms of Service (which we call the “Terms”) so you’ll know the rules that govern our relationship with you when you download and use SWIPE.

Support Us

We want every school in Scotland to be able to take part in The Big Data Show. You’ll find more information on sponsorship in our downloadable project pdf.

You can also donate to The Big Data Show and help us reach 15,000 young people in 60 schools.


The Big Data Show At edinburgh Science festival

06 October 2020

Following our pilot tour of Scottish schools in Autumn 2020, and a recent win of Best-Not-For-Profit at the British Data Awards, this July we’re delighted to be sharing The Big Data Show at Edinburgh Science Festival. Audiences will get the chance to join our ground-breaking, immersive experience for free at 2pm, Wednesday 7 July. We’d love to see you there!


EXPERIEnce The big data show for free at Cyber scotland week

01 February 2021

This February, we’ll be taking part in CyberScotland Week, from 22-28 February. On Thursday 25, we’ll be hosting two free performances of The Big Data Show – one for school groups*, and one that’s open to everyone. Book your tickets via the link below.

*If you’re a teacher, or educator, contact us directly to book your class in.


YOUR CHANCE TO JOin in the fuN!

06 October 2020

This month, we’re delighted to share two special opportunities for young people at home, or part of youth groups, to take part in The Big Data Show Online. Booking essential.

The Big Data Show goes online

26 August 2020

Civic Digits Theatre Company is pleased to announce that its ground-breaking, interactive production The Big Data Show, reshaped to a purely digital form, will be presented in Scottish schools this September.

Originally scheduled as a live show for June 2020, The Big Data Show was cancelled in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Big Data Show features in TES

16 January 2020

New show hacks pupils’ phones to teach online safety

The Big Data Show – featured in tomorrow’s Tes Scotland magazine – is an interactive theatre production about being a citizen in the digital age