Scottish Youth Theatre's arts without barriers for young people

Published: 24 March 2019
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Scottish Youth Theatre has its sights on a cross-Scotland programme for young people offering free opportunities to access arts, artist development and an international showcase platform for the work of young artists.

Included in the national initiative is the Scottish Youth Theatre National Ensemble, a touring company of young people making cross art form radical political theatre, Generator, a professional development programme, and a European partnership project with Poland's Fundacja Rozwoju Przedsiębiorczego and Portugal's Teatro Metaphora.

In addition, Elevate supports artists making site-specific performances, Groundswell is a grassroots participatory arts project and Digital Collaboration is a project with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to create new digital work.

There is also an emerging artist residency programme.

Scottish Youth Theatre’s creative producer, Mahri Reilly, said, "we are committed to the programme being inclusive and accessible. There is no cost to participate in any of the national programmes and they will be delivered across the length and breadth of the country.

"At the heart of everything is our commitment to cultivating the next generation of Scottish theatre makers, innovators and activists. The participants will work with acclaimed practitioners and organisations who will inspire them to experiment, take risks and ultimately create groundbreaking, life-affirming theatre here in Scotland."