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Focus on Scottish Youth Theatre

Scottish Youth Theatre all year round

Scottish Youth Theatre is Scotland’s national theatre ‘for and by’ young people.  It operates throughout Scotland, proud of its heritage and achievements.  It advocates Scotland, its culture and its people to the rest of the world. It serves and works with people aged three to 25, addressing the issues of young people and assisting professionals in their work with children and young people. Its activities focus around enabling, stimulating and providing opportunities to explore and reach creative potential through a quality theatre arts experience.

SYT's Our Town; Photo: Anthony Brannan

Scottish Youth Theatre is not about producing ‘stars’ as such; instead the primary concern is with supporting the development of social and creative skills in every young person it reaches.

Scottish Youth Theatre’s first productions took place in Edinburgh in 1977.  The company then developed very quickly in the early years, adding year round events to the annual Summer School.

Now, as well as the Summer Festival, their activities include:

  • Weekly classes held in Edinburgh and Glasgow, for three terms per year.
  • An annual autumn roadshow, visiting secondary schools, youth theatres and community venues across Scotland.  Free drama workshops and presentations about the Summer Festival are offered.
  • The running of SYT Productions - the youth theatre's high profile, high quality performance group
  • Special one-off projects.

Summer Festival 2005

Artwork for Into the Light; Photo: D8

4 July - 6 August 2005

Scottish Youth Theatre is gearing up for this year's Summer Festival and most courses are full up and ready to go.

Scottish Youth Theatre travelled the length and breadth of the country holding auditions for the Summer Festival.  Determined fundraising efforts are taking place all over the country, from a ‘Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook’ event in Turriff to sponsored walks in pyjamas across the Tay bridge.

Foundation courses are being held in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Moffat and Portree.  Young people aged between 12 and 15 will spend an intensive two weeks exploring and developing theatrical techniques.  A five-week Performance and Production course will take place in Glasgow, and a Specialist Skills Musical Theatre course will take place in Edinburgh.  The course is particularly exciting this time around as participants will be working on the development of a brand new musical for Scotland, based on David Walker’s novel, Geordie.  It is set to be a full-scale musical by this time next year.

Summer Festival 2005 Productions

This year the Summer Festival is celebrating the bicentinerary of the the birth of Hans Christian Andersen by performing their versions of three of his most famous and well-loved tales.

The Ugly Duckling and The Snow Queen will be performing at the Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow; and Into the Light, Match Girl 2005: Three Cities will be shown at the macrobert in Stirling.

For more information on these performances visit the Scottish Youth Theatre website.

Artwork for The Ugly Duckling; Photo: D8

A new home

In December 2004, Scottish Youth Theatre were awarded National Lottery Capital funding through the Scottish Arts Council, to fit out the Old Sheriff Court Building as their new premises.  As of 13 June 2005, the building officially belongs to Scottish Youth Theatre, with a launch on the cards in the autumn.  The centre will offer classes/workshops, training courses, performances and a meeting place & resource centre for teachers and tutors working in theatre arts.  For the first time in the UK, artists and young people will, at last, be able to explore and experiment in a safe environment, a dedicated space.

Visit the Infrastructure section to find out more about National Lottery capital funding.

For more information please visit the Scottish Youth Theatre website.

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