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Scotland’s National Theatre ‘For & By’ Young People

2011 2012

“SYT is probably the best thing that ever happened to me. It’s awesome.”


patrons & friends

international / board & staff

funders, partners & collaborators

the old sheriff court

research & development

special projects

young writers

syt productions


weekly classes

summer festival

national achievement

chairman’s report



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Scottish Youth Theatre – giving young people in Scotland the opportunity to explore and to reach their creative potential through a quality theatre arts experience.

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Scotland’s National Theatre ‘For & By’ Young People

Scottish Youth Theatre, The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, Glasgow G1 1TF TEL: 0141 552 3988 FAX: 0141 552 7615 EMAIL: WEBSITE:


Front cover image: Zombiism SF11 Back cover images (clockwise right to left): Prom Night of the Living Dead, Aberdeen Foundation Course, Zombiism and Born Bad?



Bobby Hain Chairman of Scottish Youth Theatre’s Board of Directors

Mary McCluskey Artistic Director (Chief Executive)

“The Scottish Youth Theatre makes a huge contribution to Scottish cultural life, inspiring and encouraging talents in so many generations of young people.”


Scottish Youth Theatre continues to strive to maintain our programme of core activities whilst developing new and/or improved streams of work. New developments in 2011/12 include: ❚ successfully achieving SQCF credit rating of Level 7 for the SF Performance & Production Learning Programme. This rating has been authorised by the SQA. This new vocational qualification, unique to Scottish Youth Theatre, will allow more young people to gain an award in theatre arts. It has taken the company over 4 years to achieve this milestone. Congratulations to Fraser MacLeod, who led on the project, and the artistic team. ❚ Family Storytime – this popular interactive storytelling session continues

to blossom with many requests being received to take the team out to new venues and new audiences. An autumn tour of Scotland is being planned, with funding from Creative Scotland’s Traditional Arts Commissions, for 2012. ❚ Interactive Performances – the company’s ‘house-style’ of creating magical environments to complement the lively interactive performances continues to impress family audiences in Aberdeen & Glasgow. Families, nurseries and schools are flocking to see these productions. ❚ The Lab – a new focus and umbrella label for more specialised activities for 15-25 year olds. ❚ Devising Ensemble – Summer Festival courses grow to meet the changing theatre scene in Scotland. This new course offers participants the chance to devise, rehearse and perform a full production over a three week period. ❚ Young Writers’ Scheme – thanks to funding from Beattie Communications through Arts & Business Scotland, this project was able to operate in Glasgow and Inverness in 2011/12. ❚ Staff Developments – the artistic team has been re-structured in 2011/12 with Fraser MacLeod being promoted to the post of Associate Artistic Director and Karen McGradyParker being appointed as Associate Director – Early Years.

OW firmly into its fourth decade, Scottish Youth Theatre remains at the forefront of youth arts in Scotland and as it continues to evolve the Company has this year again demonstrated remarkable resilience in the face of challenging economic conditions.


We are grateful for the continuing support of all our funders, including Creative Scotland and Glasgow City Council, our participants and families and the Scottish Youth Theatre Trust which plays an important role in assisting the Company to deliver the breadth and depth of activities detailed here.

As the portfolio of activities and partners with whom we work continues to evolve, so too does our Board. This year we say goodbye to Board member Ruth Webber after years of service. Ruth’s contribution as Chair of the Communications and Fundraising Committee has been invaluable and we wish her every success with new beginnings in Australia. It is testament to the Company’s reputation and profile that a wide range of people are always keen to work with us and we welcome new Board members Jane Wilson and Thomas Murdock.

at the Old Sherriff Court in Glasgow but spanning right across Scotland, would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of the Company’s staff led by Chief Executive Mary McCluskey and thanks go to the whole team for their continued contribution.

Whilst our annual report naturally tells our story of the year just gone, the real strength of the Company is the role it plays for others – our participants, partners with whom we work and who use our building, our patrons and a growing range of guests and visitors we welcomed this year. As ever their interest is The breadth and depth of Scottish much appreciated and their kind Youth Theatre’s work, from our home comments extremely welcome.

“The work that the organisation does is vital. It encorages young people to express themselves, to learn social skills and to develop confidence. These are all invaluable life skills that aren’t easily acquired elsewhere. Theatre is the best education there is!” BRIAN COX, PATRON, FEBRUARY 2012


COTTISH Youth Theatre appreciates these comments from Scotland’s First Minister. They are particularly welcome in the current economic climate. Receiving such encouragement motivates the Staff and Board to keep working towards our aim of giving young people in Scotland access to a quality theatre arts experience. During the year, the company welcomed many distinguished visitors to our activities including royalty, patrons, politicians and friends of the youth theatre.









“Scottish Youth Theatre gives our young people the chance to reach their potential, improve their confidence and develop their social skills through a range of exciting programmes and activites.”

“I am dyslexic and some of my school subjects can be hard work. Drama is never hard work, I enjoy every minute and like it when I can do well in class.” ZAIN, 12, STUARTFIELD

WHAT WE DO Scottish Youth Theatre is a national youth performing arts company. It is Scotland’s national theatre ‘for & by’ young people. As a national company, the youth theatre aspires to be a leader in ‘best practice’ in youth theatre arts. As such, it fulfils the following roles: ❚ Provides a quality youth theatre arts experience to children, young people and their leaders; ❚ Enables children & young people and their leaders to explore and reach their creative potential through the youth theatre process; ❚ Operates a diverse national programme of courses (residential & non-residential), classes, projects and productions; ❚ Delivers that quality experience all around Scotland all year round; ❚ Provides an inspirational focus for young people interested in theatre & drama in Scotland; ❚ Acts as a conduit into further education and the creative industries; ❚ Offers a programme of tailor-made special projects to schools, youth theatres and youth groups all around Scotland;

workshop tutors and apprentices; ❚ Represents the best of youth theatre in Scotland on a national and international stage; ❚ Promotes Scotland’s cultural heritage at a national and international level; ❚ Contracts & employs a large number of freelance theatre practitioners in Scotland; ❚ Operates as a national resource, the Old Sheriff Court, Scotland’s first ever specially designed centre for the development of creativity and imagination in children & young people; ❚ Commissions, designs and develops new work written specifically for performance by children and young people; ❚ Acts as a lobbying voice for youth theatre with government at a Local, a Scottish and a UK level; ❚ Encourages and develops audiences of the future; ❚ Employs the youth theatre process to develop confident and culturally aware citizens for Scotland – those with an interest and a pride in the country’s rich cultural heritage.

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WHERE WE COME FROM Aberdeen Aberdour Aboyne Airdrie Alloa Argyll Auchenshuggle Ayrshire Ballater Banffshire Beith Belgium Black Isle Blairgowrie Bothwell Bridge of Weir Busby Canada Cardross Castle Douglas Cheshire Clackmannanshire Coatbridge Creiff Crossford Cults Dalbeattie Dalkeith Dollar Dumfriesshire Dunbar Dunblane Dundee Dunfermline Durham East Kilbride Edinburgh Ellon Falkirk Fife Fochabers Forres Fortrose Fraserburgh Galashiels Galston Girvan Glasgow Helmsdale



VISION STATEMENT As a National Company, Scottish Youth Theatre will lead the sector in unlocking the creative potential, confidence and self-development of children & young people in Scotland through performance and the theatre process. Scottish Youth Theatre will achieve this by: ❚ expanding our Scotland wide programme of drama training activity by aspiring to engage with all local councils in the delivery of the Curriculum For Excellence in the formal and informal education sectors; ❚ developing and delivering performances & theatre projects of the highest quality ‘for & by’ children and young people ❚ acting as a cultural ambassador representing the best of youth theatre in Scotland on a national and international stage ❚ working with other national organisations on the creation of a National Youth Arts Strategy that meets key indicators in the development stages of children and young people.




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WHERE WE’VE BEEN IN 2011/12 ❚ Aberdeen ❚ Ayr ❚ Banff ❚ Bothwell

❚ Coatbridge ❚ Edinburgh ❚ Glasgow ❚ Harris

❚ Inverness ❚ Kilmarnock ❚ Lewis ❚ London

❚ Paisley ❚ Stratford

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Inverness Inverurie Irvine Isle of Arran Isle of Bute Isle of Lewis Isle of Mull Isle of Skye Kilbirnie Kilmarnock Kilsyth Kirkcudbright Kirkwall Kirriemuir Lanark Largs Laurencekirk Linlithgow Linwood Lochgilphead Maybole Mid Calder Montrose Moray Motherwell North Berwick Norway Orkney Islands Penicuik Penilee Perth Peterculter Peterhead Port Prestwick Renfrewshire Shotts South Uist St Cyrus Stonehaven Tain Tarbet Troon Twechar Uddingston Uphall Urquhart Walkerburn West Kilbride Wick




– to enable, stimulate and directly provide a quality theatre arts experience for the young people in Scotland through the provision of a programme of accessible activities. – to aim for the personal and social development of all individual participants, with special emphasis on transferable skills. – to give access at all levels of the youth theatre’s work (fun, serious & career) to all interested young people in Scotland, regardless of physical, social, educational, cultural or geographical disadvantage. – to pursue excellence in youth theatre arts provision in Scotland. – to develop the Old Sheriff Court as an international centre for the development of creativity and the imagination in children and young people. – to seek to actively programme the Brian Cox Studio as a dedicated venue for performances, projects and events dedicated to children and young people. – as a national performing arts company, to represent the best of youth theatre in Scotland on a national and international stage.

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❚ Provides quality training opportunities for


annualSTATISTICS (representing 83 individuals)

(equivalent to 12 full time jobs)







“Not only is the Summer Festival a fantastic opportunity to make friends, but it also helps develop an aspiring actor’s dramatic ability.” JAMES, 15, ABERDEEN

Prom Night of the Living Dead

Born Bad?

‘Summer Festival is what summer holidays were designed for!’ RORY, 16, ABOYNE

PERFORMANCE & PRODUCTION This 5 week-long intensive theatre arts training course for predominately 16-25 year olds leads to ‘main house’ productions. The course involves young people from all around Scotland, and beyond, attending five weeks of workshops, classes, rehearsals, theatre visits, and talks from guest speakers, culminating in performances in the final week. It is Scottish Youth Theatre’s aim to give participants a realistic experience of the rehearsal and production processes.

“We were all supported and encouraged to do our best, and our ideas were taken onboard by the directors. Everyone had a chance to shine which was great.” OLIVIA, 17, BURNSIDE

“The most enjoyable theatre experience I’ve ever had.”

“Summer is just not the same without SYT!”



During Week One, all participants spend at least one session a day in skills building workshops in voice production, music, dance, stage fighting and improvisation. Directors cast productions in the first week. Rehearsals then operate three sessions a day six days a week until productions open.

During Summer Festival 2011, Scottish Youth Theatre appreciated Civic Receptions given for the company by the city councils of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Scottish Youth Theatre appreciates the fact that these councils recognise the value that Summer Festival adds to life in their cities. In August 2011, the casting director for Hollyoaks approached the youth theatre looking for a 17/18 yr old young man to take on a major role in the soap opera. SF participant and Family Storytime stalwart, Andrew Still was selected for

Technical Theatre participants are given the opportunity to attend sessions in stage lighting, stage design, creating a ‘prompt book’, prop making and finding, costume design and sound design. They then work assisting the professional staff in preparing the technical and design elements of the main house productions. Technical students operate lights, sound



the part. Meaning that he finished playing the werewolf in Prom Night in August and began shooting as new character, Joel, in the popular soap in September.








STABLISHED in Edinburgh in 1977, the summer school has been the starting point for all other developments in Scottish Youth Theatre’s activities. In the past thirty six years, the summer festival has grown to offer a 5 week Performance & Production Course; 2 week Foundation Courses in Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow; a 3 week Intermediate Course, with a new ‘devising’ option introduced in 2011 running alongside the usual ‘ensemble’ option, supporting the Performance & Production main house shows; and a 1 week Junior Course, in Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow. In July & August 2011, a group of children & young people between the ages of 8 and 25 came together with a team of professional theatre practitioners to workshop, devise, rehearse and produce theatre performances. In 2011, 49 theatre professionals worked together with 243 young people from around Scotland and beyond over a six week period to produce 33 performances of 12 theatre productions of the highest quality in 7 venues across Scotland playing to an audience of 1937 people. The annual Summer Festival remains the ‘flagship’ event in Scottish Youth Theatre’s programme of activities.

and ‘run the show’ from the prompt corner throughout production week. Participants are given extra opportunities to further develop their skills by providing technical and stage management back up for extra-curricular events and for the Glasgow Foundation Courses.

assistant director and movement director.

“It’s not a comfortable hour or so, but it is a thought-provoking one; and it’s evident the 16 young performers have really challenged themselves to dive right into societal conundrum.” BORN BAD? THE HERALD AUGUST 2011

MAIN HOUSE PRODUCTIONS “…around 40 young people bring hammer horror to ‘The Vampire Diaries’ generation with humour, musicality and a lot of hard work.” PROM NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD THE HERALD AUGUST 2011

PROM NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD – a rock horror musical with book and lyrics by Canadian playwright, Brad Fraser and music & musical arrangements by Ross Brown. The European premiere of this musical played at the TronTheatre, Glasgow. It was directed by Mary McCluskey, assisted by Nathan Byrne. The production was designed by Finlay McLay with choreography by Ashleigh Kate Wilson and musical direction by Ross Brown.

“… she was so polished and professional she made you question whether she was still within the SYT age group…Laughs came from the supporting cast…the ever loyal classmates willing good to triumph over evil in true comic book style.” PROM NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD THE HERALD AUGUST 2011


The Opening Night performance was visited by two special guests, Fiona Hyslop MSP – Cabinet Secretary for Culture and SYT Patron, Elaine C. Smith. The youth theatre appreciates the support from these distinguished guests.



“There is a moving, chord-striking core to Fraser MacLeod’s production.” BORN BAD? THE SCOTSMAN AUGUST 2011

BORN BAD? – a revival of this SYT commission by Sarah Argent. The production played in the Brian Cox Studio. It was directed by Fraser MacLeod and designed by Kenny Miller with sound, video and AV designed by Ross Ramsey. Jayne Austin was

Zombiism was devised by the company, directed by Tom Hobbins, designed and assistant directed by Andrew Jeffrey with technical support provided by Ritchie Young. Carla Duggan provided choreography.

“Loved every second, even the hard bits. Sooooo rewarding!” JOSIE, 16, ISLE OF LEWIS

The Opening Night performance was visited by special guest, Andrew Dixon, CEO of Creative Scotland. Scottish Youth Theatre appreciates this support.

“The warm up every day was so much fun…everything that we did in preparation was so fun and interesting!”

Glasgow FC rehearsed in the Old Sheriff Court with performances at Lansdowne Church in Glasgow’s West End. The course was directed by Rowenna Macgregor and Mark Traynor. They were supported by specialist tutors, Andrea Possee (Music) and Dimitrios Paparakis (Dance). Directors and tutors were assisted by Scott Miller and Stephen McAveety.

“SYT FC helps to improve social skills, as you have to communicate with others and also listen to what they have to say.”

“… brilliant instructors who have inspired me and instilled great confidence and enthusiasm…I think without the tutoring I received in the last two Summer-fests I would not have had the confidence to have achieved what I have this year…”

“I loved being in rehearsals, we learned so much and had such a good time.”




This popular basic skills course for 12-15 year olds develops theatre techniques /skills in week one and works towards a new devised piece of theatre in week two. A performance was devised on the theme of either of the following quotes:

INTERMEDIATE COURSE “It was so professional and I felt part of a real company.” KENNETH, 16, ABERDEEN

This three-week course continues to act as a bridge between the Foundation Course and the Performance & Production Course. It has been developed to provide participants with a more intense and focussed experience in approaching play production and performance.

PROM NIGHT ENSEMBLE The participants take part in skills workshops and rehearsals preparing them for their roles as the ensemble/ chorus in Prom Night of the Living Dead. Due to the nature of the show many participants were called upon to play featured characters in the production. Participants were required to work on and develop their acting, dancing and singing skills.

DEVISING ENSEMBLE – Summer Festival 2011 offered a new ‘Devising as an Ensemble’ option for the 3 week Intermediate Course. This course allowed participants to form their own company, design, devise and develop their own new piece of theatre based on the horror theme. Directed by Thomas Hobbins assisted by Andrew Jeffrey the group transformed the Pink and Purple rooms to create a truly terrifying interactive theatre experience that put the audience into the wilderness as the world was lost to zombies.



‘Everyone’s different in their own special way. Who are we to judge? Who are we to say?’ Or ‘The Signs were there But the town chose not to see. It looked the other way. It did not look at all.’ Participants worked with theatre directors and specialist artists. In 2011, these specialists were choreographers and musical directors. Performances took place on a main stage in the following theatres at the end of week two:

“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I feel it has definitely improved my acting skills. I made new friends and being on the residential course gave me more independence and confidence.” EBBA, 14, ABERDOUR

Aberdeen FC rehearsed and performed in the studio space at His Majesty’s Theatre – the production was directed by Gemma Petrie assisted by trainee director Jenni Wright.

Zombie Prom with patron Elaine C Smith

JUNIOR COURSE “It brought me together with people I would never have met otherwise. I got the thrill that you can only get on stage.” JOSHUA, 11, ABERDEEN

This performance skills course was specially developed for young people aged 8-11 in Glasgow as part of Summer Festival 2006. Such was the success of the inaugural course that a parallel course was initiated in Edinburgh in 2007. In 2009, the course was introduced in Aberdeen. Participants are led in a week of skills classes, devising sessions and rehearsals, by a theatre director and a musical director. Performances, based on the same quotes as the Foundation Courses took place in the following theatres:

Prom Night of the Living Dead

Prom Night of the Living Dead rehearsal

Aberdeen JC rehearsed and performed in the studio at the Lemon Tree. The course was directed by Barry Donaldson assisted by trainee director, Jenni Wright. Edinburgh JC rehearsed and performed in the Empire Rooms at the Festival Theatre. The course was directed by Anna Schneider assisted by trainee director, Andrew Jeffrey. Glasgow FC rehearsed and performed in the Brian Cox Studio at the Old Sheriff Court. The course was directed by Alana Brady and Fiona Manson with choreographer, Eilidh Macrae.



Edinburgh FC rehearsed and performed in the Empire Rooms at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh. The course was directed by Sharon Miller and assisted by trainee directors Ruaridh Caddell and Anna Schneider.

11 ANNUAL R E PORT 2011/12

“It was great fun rehearsing it, but when we did the performance it was AMAZING! It was a huge success.”


Weekly classes, Glasgow

Weekly classes, Aberdeen

HESE weekly ‘process’ based sessions for 3-25 year olds involve up to 500 young people a term in Glasgow at the Old Sheriff Court, in Edinburgh at the Festival Theatre and at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen. The main aim of the classes is to provide an inclusive fun leisure time activity where the participants develop their creativity, personal and social skills through the youth theatre process. Classes run at each of the following age ranges: 3-4yr olds; 5-7yr olds; 8-10yr olds; 11-12yr olds; 13-14yr olds; 1517yr olds and 18-25yr olds.




“I thoroughly enjoy coming to Scottish Youth Theatre…SYT Rocks!” ELLIOT, 14, GLASGOW

“I loved going under the sea!” DAITHI, 4, EDINBURGH


In April to June 2011 weekly classes all worked towards an informal sharing based on the theme ‘Magic, Mystery & Illusion’. AMY, 13, GLASGOW This theme was inspired by the centenary anniversary of a performance by The For many young people the weekly classes Great Lafayette at the Empire Theatre, are their first point of an association with now named the Festival Theatre Edinburgh. Scottish Youth Theatre. From attendance A devastating fire during the show caused at classes a young person can go on to the death of many people including The become involved with school holiday Great Lafayette. courses & special projects, summer festival courses, SYT Productions and, WINTER TERM – eventually, may end up working for the PERFORMANCE SKILLS company as a trainee tutor. In the September to November term classes work on a more formal sharing allowing Aberdeen@His Majesty’s Theatre the young people to concentrate on skills Edinburgh@Edinburgh Festival Theatre required for performance. The theme for Glasgow@Old Sheriff Court 2011 was chosen in partnership with theatre company, Visible Fictions linking to their

“I’ve been coming for 11yrs. I love it. I can’t imagine life without it.”

“Classes build confidence, teach acting skills and create a supportive environment. Thank you SYT!” PARENT, ABERDEEN

WINTER FESTIVAL Using the theme for the winter classes, each 15-25 workshop group, in Glasgow, devised a superstructure for their day of performances. Led by tutors Anna Schneider and Katriona Wilson, the groups created a skeleton of a story where the younger age groups would create the meat within their workshops. The end performances took place in the newly opened Edwin Morgan Studio. In Edinburgh, the 15-25 class, led by Associate artist Gemma Petrie, worked similarly to Glasgow and created a story that the young classes contributed to.

These were performed in the Empire Rooms at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh. In Aberdeen, Associate Artist Francesca Adair worked with the 15-25 group to perform as the ensemble supporting the younger ages final performances.


“It has boosted her confidence and assertiveness, aspects of her character which are not generally covered in an educational curriculum. Long may your work continue, and long may she be happy to be a participant.”

“SYT has helped me to learn new skills that will help me with life in the future.”


SPRING TERM – SKILLS DEVELOPMENT The January to March 2012 term saw individual tutors select a specific theatre skill to focus on for the term with their classes. Skills explored were improvisation, character, voice, movement, autobiographical devising, puppetry and mask work. Participants shared examples of their term’s work with parents, friends and guardians in the final sharing.

“I loved this class so much. We all have such a good time and adore dancing.” RUTHIE, 16, MUIREND


These classes are devised, developed and delivered by Eilidh Macrae, Dance Associate, in collaboration with the artistic team. The style of delivery encourages participants to develop confidence in their movement skills rather than follow a strict formal dance curriculum. Dance options running in 2011/12 were split into ‘technique’ and ‘creative’ options at junior levels. These new options afforded participants and parents the choice to follow a more formal training in ‘technique’ or a more creative movement curriculum in ‘creative’.



production of The Hunted. The quote used was ‘There are paths you should not leave …there are dreams you should not dream …there are beasts in the forest that know your name.’

13 ANNUAL R E PORT 2011/12

“Fantastic people, engaging lessons and a great deal of personal support. Fantastic.”

“My oldest daughter has learning difficulties dyspraxia/dyslexia, I have seen her confidence and social skills grow while she’s been attending.”





Parker, director and Ross Brown, musical director worked with a group of 38 young people aged 8-16. 3 new songs to complement the new version of the classic story. There were 2 performances of the new piece of theatre on the last day of the course in the Brian Cox Studio.

In Winter term 2011 a second group of young people joined drama tutor and contemporary theatre maker, Thomas Hobbins, to look at identifying different Dance classes continue to grow and “I loved the experience and I am glad change to meet the needs and demands stimuli for creating work, how to begin generating material from this stimuli and I am going to the summer one.” of the participants. how to collaborate with others who may ALANNA, GLASGOW They11,made the acting classes fun and These weekly ‘process’ based sessions Summer Term (April-June) different –skills and interests. “My two girls go to dance classes,over they have Theme interesting and I was dying to get year olds involve for 3-25 ‘Heroes’ OCTOBER COURSESOFIA – (13), there each day.” young a term in Specialist Skills – Advanced really500 enjoy it. It ispeople fabulous for keeping INTERACTIVE THEATRE Glasgow Glasgow at the Oldskills. 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LORNA, 14, UDDINGSTON Lab, has been selected as an umbrella “The tutors allowed us to develop our Irene Harris and Jon Thomson skills throughfor the youth theatre Winter Festival identity for activities this age group. own ideas but also gave useful advice.” explored the skills, process. Classes run at each of Following the success of knowledge this course inand TARA, 17, GLASGOW ideas that participants would need the following age ranges: 3-5 year Spring Term (Jan-March) 2010, the artistic team decided to once “I loved having a place to go and to develop to be on-screen actors. olds; 6-7 year olds; 8-10 year olds; Skills Term again offer participants the chance to EASTER COURSE – create. It inspired me and gave me Participants also gained knowledge 11-12 year olds; 13-14 year olds; Dance Classes MUSICAL THEATRE develop their interactive, character confidence in my ideas.” of technical terms and 15-17 year olds and 18-25 year Introduction of Singing Classes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory building & improvisational skills. Working FIONA, 17, HELENSBURGH methodologies used in filming for olds. Specialist Class – Audition Prep alongside, Gemma Petrie – drama television and film. Each week the “SYT creates an excellent “It was a fab experience and I really worker, 13 people a The Lab – Create ran for 2 blocks. In group young focussed ondevised a different atmosphere and environment for enjoyed it. (I learned) how to put performance using the genre of murder Spring 2011, Block One saw Associate element or technique of acting for participants to have fun, develop new WINTER FESTIVAL singing, dance and drama together.” mystery with interactive theatre. Director, Fraser camera. At the end of the This term skills and MacLeod, work with 10 EVE, 11, GLASGOW a promenade interactive ofwork youngmake people to explore and devise left&with a DVDpiece of the friends.” Once again, Winter Festival, was awas everyone theatre which left the audience of 39 creative responses to young people’s they had made. PARTICIPANT, (16) celebration of the creativity that In April 2011, in theweekly musical classes theatre course guessing until the very end. perceptions on love and relationships. thrives in was inspired by the words, songs The group’s approach involved: For many young peoplepoems; the weekly Glasgow throughout theand year. The ADVANCED ACTING from Roald Dahl’s,tutors Charlie worked and classes their first point of an themes classes and their writing scripts;are power point presentations; During the Summer Term with Scottish the Chocolate Karen McGradytogetherFactory. to devise a new piece of musicassociation and film to create their new Youth piece Associate Director Kenny Theatre. From attendance at classes theatre based on the theme ‘Don’t McGlashan ran weekly Advanced a young person can go on to be scared, just be prepared, scary The Lab Junior Sleuths: Murder @The Old Sheriff Court October Course Acting classes for senior members become involved with school can be exciting’. Kenny of the youth theatre. The sessions holiday courses & special projects, McGlashan, associate director, were open to experienced summer festival courses, SYT worked with a group of SYT participants that were interested in Productions and, eventually, may Productions’ members to devise a end up working for the company super-structure or story that could developing their acting skills in a more focussed environment. as a trainee tutor. accommodate each class’s piece Participants were challenged in “The ‘Skint Knees’ class has slotting into the main story. This their improvisation, textual boosted my son’s confidence and is method has worked well over the analysis and presentation skills. having a positive effect on other years with this year as no areas of his life.” exception. Families and friends “…a richly textured workshop that PARENT OF CLASS PARTICIPANT enjoyed 6 very different performances over two days in the gained from the individuals differences and made the workshop something “The energy, expertise and Brian Cox Studio. very special indeed.” enthusiasm of SYT’s staff ensures SPECIALIST CLASSES SAC EVALUATION my son has fun while learning drama skills.” ACTING FOR CAMERA PARENT OF CLASS PARTICIPANT

In 2008/09, weekly classes operated as follows:

“I made a lot of new friends & learned how to stand in front of a camera and how it all works plus some good acting games which I really enjoyed.

DANCE CLASSES “Rebecca loves the dance classes… she now wants to be a ballerina! She loved learning new skills and


HE provision of quality training is at the heart of Scottish Youth Theatre’s programme of activities. Young people, Core Staff, and Tutors all deserve training of an excellent standard. Scottish Youth Theatre will continue to strive to keep training standards high. The in-house tutors’ training scheme and tutor mentoring scheme, delivered by the Associate & Assistant Directors & Associate Artists, continues to offer excellent advice and training. These schemes provide quality assurance and ensures that workshop tutors employed by the youth theatre are of an acceptable standard.

“I started attending Scottish Youth Theatre classes at the age of twelve and can still remember them so vividly because of how much fun I had. Eight years on, I’ve come full circle and have been very lucky to be given the opportunity to lead the classes I started in. It’s a challenge, but I’m still having just as much fun and I think that's the key to it all.” NATHAN, 20, GLASGOW

IN–HOUSE TUTOR TRAINING SCHEME – this method of training tutors allows the ‘house-style’ in workshop delivery to be assured in new tutors. Senior members of the youth theatre who have been involved for at least one year as a workshop assistant are identified by the artistic team and are given the opportunity to train as a Scottish Youth Theatre classes tutor. Each apprentice works at the rate of personal development best suited to their individual needs. Associate Directors, Karen McGradyParker and Fraser MacLeod, have worked with the trainee tutors throughout the year. The Classes’ Associates provide frontline quality assurance.

Trainees in 2011/12 were as follows: ❚ Andrew Jeffrey began the year shadowing in Edinburgh and has ended the year as a class tutor in Glasgow. Andrew worked as a trainee director on SF’11 ❚ Steven McAveety spent the year shadowing in Glasgow. Steven worked as a workshop assistant on SF’11. ❚ Jayne Austin worked as a tutor in Glasgow classes. She was a trainee director and movement director on SF’11. ❚ Nathan Byrne was a trainee director on SF’11. He joined the shadow tutor scheme in autumn ’11. ❚ Anna Schneider worked as a tutor in both Glasgow and Edinburgh classes. She was employed as a director on SF’11. ❚ Ashleigh Kate Wilson was a choreographer on SF’11. ❚ Jenni Wright was a shadow tutor in Aberdeen classes throughout the year. She worked as trainee director on the foundation and junior courses in Aberdeen. ❚ Ruaridh Caddell worked as a trainee director on Edinburgh FC.

STAFF TRAINING ❚ First Aid Training ❚ Fire Warden Training ❚ In-house ‘Reception’ Training ❚ Family Storytime Training ❚ FST – Step Up – Mentoring ❚ Resourceful Cultural Sparks ❚ Red Paint – website training ❚ The Ticketing Institute ❚ Children In Scotland Child Protection training

MEETINGS, CONFERENCES & SEMINARS ❚ Get Ambition ❚ Scottish Drama Training Network ❚ Eastwood Early Years Symposium ❚ FST AGM ❚ FST Emporium

❚ Made in Scotland Reception ❚ BBC Trust Consultation Day ❚ Scottish Theatre Forum ❚ BBC ‘Off By Heart’ – regional heats ❚ Artworks – developing practice in participatory settings ❚ Family Storytime training ❚ FST – Step Up – Mentoring ❚ BBC ‘Off By Heart’ – finals in Stratford-Upon-Avon ❚ Get Ambition – Creating Better Festivals ❚ Creative Scotland European Funding Seminar ❚ Creative Scotland – National Youth Arts Strategy Consultation ❚ Promote YT Symposium ❚ Promote YT Skill Up ❚ Scottish Book Trust Early Years Forum ❚ Scottish Book Trust Annual conference ❚ Scotswoman of the Year Dinner ❚ Year of Creative Scotland Communications Event ❚ Aberdeenshire Council Education Services at Duff House, Banff

WORK EXPERIENCE ❚ Mairi Benham St. Ninians H.S., Eastwood ❚ Genevieve Cookman Jordanhill School, Glasgow ❚ Rebecca Baillie Eastwood H.S., Newton Mearns ❚ Gemma Forbes Bearsden Academy ❚ Robbie McGuinness Hillpark School Glasgow ❚ Edward O’Donnell Lourdes HS, Glasgow ❚ Martin Quinn Trinity H.S., Renfrew ❚ Shannon Reynolds Dalziel HS, Motherwell ❚ Mary McGowan – Job Centre Placement ❚ William McArthur – Job Centre ❚ Lynn Pilkington – volunteer, marketing


of theatre. A sharing of this work was presented to an appreciative audience of Summer Festival 2011 participants.

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Tiny Twisters – Technique Tiny Twisters – Creative Junior Jumpers – Technique Junior Jumpers – Creative Streetdance Just Dance

“They say a good piece of theatre should open up a new world for audiences and invite them straight into it, but it’s rare to see a show that explores that idea so thoughtfully and so magically than Jack and the Magic Beans.” THE SCOTSMAN DECEMBER 2011

That’s Not My Name!

Family Storytime

SYT Productions allows Scottish Youth Theatre to deliver its identified aims: ❚ identifying suitable participants; ❚ providing participants with the opportunity to develop their skills/talents; ❚ training participants through the performance process; ❚ giving participants the opportunity to showcase their skills on various professional stages throughout Scotland; ❚ affording participants the opportunity of working with leading theatre professionals; ❚ allowing participants to learn and experiment in a safe working environment; ❚ the company acts as a conduit into professional training and the profession; ❚ allows the participants to have fun as they are developing vocational skills.

FAMILY STORYTIME “Great because it was really in my imagination!” AUDIENCE MEMBER – CHILD, GLASGOW

SYT Productions continues to be at the core of these successful, interactive storytelling sessions for 7 year olds and under plus their families. Each season, in 2011/12, saw a group of SYT Productions performers working with Associate Director, Karen McGrady-Parker, to develop their performance skills by taking a story and bringing it to life through games, rhymes and song for their lively, enthusiastic and active audiences. The performers hone their improvisational skills through this project. They learn to cope with whatever the audience presents to them.

“My daughter loves these stories and she counts the days until the next one.” AUDIENCE MEMBER – PARENT, GLASGOW

Spring 2011 Audience Numbers 434 7 & 8 May Rapunzel 21 & 22 May The Little Red Hen 4 & 5 June Goldilocks & the Three Bears 18 & 19 Jun How Jumbo Went to the Moon 25 & 26 Jun Hansel & Gretel

“All children’s input and suggestions were valued and developed within the story.” AUDIENCE MEMBER – PARENT, GLASGOW

Autumn 2011 – a ‘classics’ season Audience Numbers – 593


Jack and the Magic Beans

The personal and professional development of these participants is important to the future of the creative industries in Scotland. Scottish Youth Theatre is best placed to allow their talents to grow in a safe & professional environment. Such is the demand for this company’s work, that its programme of activities has expanded to necessitate the formation of a resident company.

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YT Productions is the youth theatre’s high profile, high quality performance group. The company continues to identify talented young actors, directors and technicians and to give them the opportunity to further develop their skills through challenging performance and workshop projects. It is made up of senior members of Scottish Youth Theatre who have shown particular skills and talent for performance, production and delivering projects. The group has devised, developed and performed at many prestigious national and international events such as: the Duke Of Edinburgh Awards Anniversary Gala; the Politician of the Year Awards; the World Congress of the Royal College Of Midwives; the Scotland Run (Central Park, NYC); Tartan Week; Scotland Week, Piping Live; the Annual Dinner of Scottish Chambers of Commerce; WHO Conference and many more. SYT Productions has also successfully toured nationally & internationally with productions of MACBETH, ROMEO & JULIET, DYING FOR IT, GEORDIE, WHEN A STAR FALLS & LOVE BUT HER.

“Taking part in both the Christmas and Easter shows provided me with a further insight into the career path I wish to follow.” SYT PRODUCTIONS MEMBER, GLASGOW


Winter 2012 – a ‘rare’ tales season Audience Numbers – 376 28 & 29 Jan Snow Daughter & Fire Son 11 & 12 Feb The Three Wishes 25 & 26 Feb The Lad Who Went to the North Wind 10 & 11 Mar The Precious Stove 24 & 25 Mar Seven At One Blow

“Very very exciting and I loved it!” AUDIENCE MEMBER – EMMA, 8, GLASGOW



– in October, 2011, a group of SYT Productions participants came together to work on the development of a new musical written by two former members of the group – Emma King (book & lyrics) and Anna Schneider (music & lyrics). This new musical is based on the story of Sawney Bean, the ‘Ayrshire Cannibal’, and his family. In the style of gothic horror musicals like ‘Sweeney Todd’, this fledging musical was explored and developed by the group working alongside Emma, Anna and Artistic Director, Mary McCluskey. The group performed a short ‘work-in-progress’ before an audience of family and friends.



FAMILY STORYTIME BIRTHDAY PARTY – as a new initiative and at the request of the audience, in June 2011, Family Storytime performed a bespoke version of Hansel and Gretel as part of a 5th birthday party. The SYT Productions performers included the birthday child’s name as a character in the story and finished the

Merchant City Festival in July 2011. The trail saw early years young people visit sites around the Merchant City and participate in interactive storytelling.


– in July 2011, Scottish Youth Theatre was informed that the company was a beneficiary in the will of Edwin Morgan, our nation’s first and, sadly missed, Scottish Makar. To mark this generous donation, it was decided that the Pink Room in the Old Sheriff Court be reLTS – SKINT PROJECT & CONFERENCES named the Edwin Morgan Studio. In – Learning Teaching Scotland, now October 2011, a re-naming ceremony Education Scotland, approached SYT was held with the honours being delivered Productions to create a live performance by Liz Lochead, our present Scottish Makar of excerpts from their Skint resource tool and great friend of Edwin Morgan. The by playwright Gowan Calder and Metafrog. event was a celebration of Morgan’s work This new graphic novel is designed to featuring a performance of several pieces inform young people about how to deal of Morgan’s theatre poems and plays. with money matters & debt. Associate The performance by Jayne Austin, Lily Director, Fraser MacLeod directed an McNally, Scott Miller and Martin Quinn abridged version of Jamie’s Story, with 5 was directed by Fraser MacLeod. SYT Productions participants, for an LTS conference in June 2011. FESTIVE The piece was re-rehearsed by Trainee Director Jayne Austin twice more for the PRODUCTIONS Education Scotland launch of the resource “Very age appropriate – captured the in September 2011 and again for NHSGGC children’s attention right from the start.” PARENT FROM ABERDEEN conference in October of that year.

HAMLEY’S SUMMER PROJECT – Scottish Youth Theatre designed and performed 4 interactive play sessions based on a theme of pirates. These sessions performed by SYT Productions promenaded through the store using games, song and role play to help the pirates with their pirate problem. Each session had up to 25 participants and took place in Hamley’s Glasgow store. The group was lead by theatre maker, Thomas Hobbins.

MERCHANT CITY FESTIVAL TRAIL – two SYT Productions participants, Viki Leech and Rosie Cosgrove, worked with renowned early years theatre maker Brian Hartley on his interactive tour of the Merchant City, as part of the

“The children loved the interactive nature of the show and the songs and rhymes.” NURSERY TEACHER FROM ABERDEEN

ABERDEEN @ THE LEMON TREE – JACK AND THE MAGIC BEANS – following the success of SYT Production remount of The Puddock and the Princess at The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen in 2010 a brand new piece was developed in partnership with Aberdeen Performing Arts called Jack and The Magic Beans. Taking the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and exploring Jack’s life before he climbs the beanstalk, the production saw the Lemon Tree transformed into a marketplace, Jack’s farmhouse, Daisy’s cowshed and a bridge over a river. Directed by Associate Director Fraser MacLeod and designed by Finlay McLay, the performance followed the interactive house style and

Running Free Development

Edwin Morgan Studio renaming ceremony with Scottish Makar Liz Lochhead

performed to 2092 young people and their families. SYT Productions participant Scott Miller was joined by Brad Morrison, from APA young company and professional actor Michelle Bruce to form the cast that devised the piece alongside Assistant Director Claire Davidson, from APA core team. This marked a first coproduction with APA and further consolidated this valued partnership.

“What could be a scary tale for tinies …is cleverly mediated into a story about keeping your word and not making boasts you can’t fulfill.” THAT’S NOT MY NAME! THE HERALD DECEMBER 2011

“Very interactive, children just loved being part of the show.” NURSERY TEACHER, GLASGOW

GLASGOW @ THE BRIAN COX STUDIO THAT’S NOT MY NAME! – SYT Productions continued with its tradition of putting a modern twist on well loved classic tales in this its fourth interactive festive production. Working, once again, with Finlay McLay as designer, the team created a magical world where Rumpelstiltskin was not an angry evil little gnome but was a cheeky but helpful

character who was just a wee bit lonely. Performing in the production were Lucy Mills, Flora MacKeddie and Ryan Towart. Mary McCluskey directed the piece assisted by Effie Scott. Technical support was supplied by Clare McNeill and Ritchie Young. The team performed 41 shows to an audience of 1589.

“Great fun and it helped me to add to my CV as I learnt new things along the way – both productive and enjoyable!” MARTIN, 17, PAISLEY

“Being involved in SYT productions is such a great opportunity to develop the skills necessary to work within theatre. The challenging nature of the productions, and their rehearsals, really encourage creativity, and have built up my confidence in my abilities. It is hard work, but incredibly enjoyable and worth every minute!” KIRSTY, 18, PERTH

BBC SCOTLAND CHRISTMAS EVE CELEBRATIONS – 7 young people aged 10 to 21, all members of SYT Productions worked with Karen McGrady-Parker to rehearse, memorize and perform Christmas poems selected by the BBC. These

performances were filmed at Paisley Abbey and broadcast nationally on BBC Scotland on Christmas Eve.

RUNNING FREE – SYT/Y-DANCE COLLABORATION “It was great to look at a different form of performance and to start developing new skills. The tutors helped to get our thoughts…and also allowed us to think out of the box.” PHIL, 21, ABERDEEN

Following a successful collaboration on Tam O’Shanter in 2009, Scotland’s national youth theatre and national youth dance agency have been working to develop a new collaborative piece of dance theatre. Since August 2010, the two companies have been developing Running Free – a production exploring the worlds of parkour and free running. What is it that motivates young people to take risks in these extreme sports? Is it for thrills or is it something much more spiritual? Do they overcome barriers or do they use the barrier as a lifting off point to propel them forward onto new challenges? The script/project development sessions ran as follows in 2011/12: 14-16 August 2011 Development work continued with 6 actors


‘It was a great performance. Both our four year old and our 17 month old had a fab time. We’ll definitely come back.’

story with a party scene and a rendition of Happy Birthday. The parents of the birthday child hired a room in the building for the party. They provided their own catering and paid for the extra performance of that week’s Family Storytime programme. This event was repeated several times throughout the year. The Core Staff is investigating this new way of giving more children access to a quality theatre arts experience.

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17 & 18 Sep Sleeping Beauty 1 & 2 Oct The Ugly Duckling 15 & 16 Oct The Princess & The Pea 29 & 30 Oct Little Red Riding Hood 12 & 13 Nov The Frog Prince October Week Special 20 - 23 Oct The Enormous Turnip

Edwin Morgan Studio renaming ceremony



Jack and the Magic Beans

and 6 dancers. The creative team David Cosgrove (writer), Anna Kendrick (choreographer), Quee McArthur (musician /composer) and Mary McCluskey (director). The team led sessions providing the cast with physical, focus and vocal tools for use in workshops. Once again David presented the team with a new scene and a new free form poem. These were tried and tested. Each session involved a feedback section.


11-13 February 2012 Development work continued with 7 actors & 6 dancers working with the creative team – David Cosgrove (writer), Anna Kendrick (choreographer), Quee McArthur (musician/composer) and Mary McCluskey (director). The group explored the use of physical barriers – boxes, tables, chairs, lengths of muslin and a large circle of lycra. David presented the group with new scenes and a new poem to play with. Quee accompanied the shared works with an improvised soundscape.

“I was loving it!”




“Great fun! Energetic performance with humour and charisma.” PARENT, GLASGOW

Rosy Duncan and Flora MacKeddie, formed the cast that devised and performed in this lively and well received production.

“Always a fantastic experience at SYT. This has been our 4th time at the productions. Great costumes, sets and performances.” PARENT, GLASGOW

EASTER SHOW 2012 – YOU CAN’T CATCH ME! “Great fun. It was fantastic. I loved the show!”

“My children loved the animal acting, singing and baking. They wanted to go back in!”

Lauren Robertson were selected not only for the films but to become the voices of animated characters in a cartoon to be played in schools throughout Scotland.

‘Working in SYT Productions has been amazing and is great for performers who hope to enter the business. The workshops are challenging, exciting and always fun with everyone supporting and encouraging one another to create great pieces of theatre. Thank you!” JAMES, 19, BLAIRGOWRIE

CBBC – WOOLLY & TIG – Tattie Moon Productions approached Scottish Youth Theatre looking to cast a 3/4 year old girl to play the lead in their new television series. Betsy McCredie was cast in the role with her older sister, Maisie chosen to do the voice-over for the programme. They then returned to work with a group of 20 young people age 3 to 5 years old on a filming day for the CBBC children’s series. This filming session took place in Scottish Youth Theatre and was an enjoyable day for all involved.



“I liked that they were (a) real prince and princess.” FREYA, 4½, GLASGOW

“First time at SYT – very impressed, performers were excellent with children.” PARENT, GLASGOW

“Really, really, really liked it!” SARAH, 5, GLASGOW

SYT Productions’ first Easter Show The Ugly Duckling was a huge success in 2010, the company’s second spring show The Princess and the Pea was performed in the Brian Cox Studio. Associate Director, Fraser MacLeod worked with a creative team of designer, Finlay McLay and the cast of Wee Red, Anna Schneider, Scott Miller and Kirsty Pennycook, to devise a new twist on this classic tale. The Brian Cox Studio was transformed into a playroom, fit for a prince, and allowed the

Once again, straddling two financial years, SYT Productions created a brand new version of the tale of The Gingerbread Man called You Can’t Catch Me! Directed by associate Artistic Director, Fraser MacLeod and designed by Kenny Miller, the Brian Cox Studio foyer was transformed into Aunty Suzie’s bakery with the studio itself converted into a strange space with giant gingerbread man cutouts where the audience met a sheep, a pig and a fox from the traditional tale but with the usual Scottish Youth Theatre twist. Nathan Byrne (Assistant Director),

SKY SPORTS CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME – Sky Sports and Associate Director, Karen McGrady-Parker worked together to select 8 young people, 4 to 9 years old to be part of a comedic piece looking at Scottish Football in the last year, 2011. This aired as a Christmas special with all young people receiving a copy of the recording.

SCOTRAIL SAFETY FILM – Scottish Youth Theatre was asked to provide young people for two films being created, as part of a Scotrail safety promotion. 9 SYT Productions participants were selected. Eilidh Zerebiec and

SCOTLAND’S COMMISSIONER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE – in February 2012, Craig Steele, drama tutor, worked with 8 young people aged 12 to 16 years to produce a DVD on children’s rights in Scotland. The film project complemented the work collected on the Blether project created by Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for C&YP. Craig worked with SCCYP, the participants and the film-makers to make amendments to the script throughout the one day rehearsal. Craig then creatively supported young people at the filming day in the studio. This DVD will have national circulation and is due to have a professional screening later this year.

READ-THROUGHS – The Artistic Team endeavours to provide members of SYT Productions with new and challenging experiences. In preparation for Summer Festival 2011, a group of SYT Productions participants was invited to a read-through of the scripts for the summer. Born Bad? by Sarah Argent and Prom Night of the Living Dead by Brad Fraser. A separate group of younger participants was invited to a read through of Jonathan Likes This a new play by Lee Mattinson. This play was commissioned for and first performed by the youth theatre at Live Theatre in Newcastle.


“I didn’t know what to expect but I loved every part as it was completely different to anything I had done before. The tutors were encouraging and they trusted us to go bigger, faster and more daring with each exercise.”

“…there’s plenty of joining in opportunities for young audiences… Action games, sound effects and singalongs…in true SYT tradition, the designs, especially the toy room, are a delight.”

young audiences to play, laugh and contribute to the well loved story. The production performed to an audience of nearly 1200 throughout the run.

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You Can’t Catch Me!


“I found it a great experience – it gave me a brand new perception on my storyline and allowed me to think about my characters in more depth.” ERIN, 19, GLASGOW, PLAYWRIGHT GLASGOW COURSE


HANKS to sponsorship support from Beattie Communications through Arts & Business Scotland, Scottish Youth Theatre was able to run this development project for young writers for stage, television, film and radio in 2011/12. The generous sponsorship enabled the youth theatre to operate the scheme in Glasgow and Inverness. This allowed young writers from more far flung places easier access to the practical workshops.



“Scottish Youth Theatre offers children and young people a variety of programmes that can improve selfconfidence, self-image and self-esteem. Often people associate the fantastic work they do with simply developing acting and production skills, but without new writing talent, there would be nothing for them to perform.”

developed alongside other writers within a supportive but critical environment is invaluable. I would encourage any young writer to do it.”



7-9 October Phase 1 Inverness 18 young writers plus 11 actors. October - January Young writers mentored by David via Facebook – 8 scripts were selected for Phase 2 in Inverness. 17-19 February Phase 2 Inverness 5 writers plus 7 actors.

“So helpful and productive in a really relaxed and open atmosphere. I now have a script which I would never have done without the motivation and help the course has given me.” NIKKI, 16, KIRKWALL – PLAYWRIGHT INVERNESS COURSE


Recruitment. 55 young people registered interest in the project. 17-19 June Phase 1 Glasgow 33 young writers and 12 actor/directors participated in the weekend. LAURA WOODS, BEATTIE COMMUNICATIONS June - August Young writers mentored by David via “The Scottish Youth Theatre’s Young Facebook – 12 scripts were selected Playwrights’ Scheme/Initiative was of for Phase 2 in Glasgow. vital, lasting importance to my becoming 9-11 August Phase 2 Glasgow a writer. To take your play out into the 12 scripts plus 14 actors/directors. open – to have it read, discussed and

“Having actors, playwrights and directors all working together – it doesn’t happen enough and when it does it is great fun.” PHIL, 21, ABERDEEN – ACTOR GLASGOW COURSE

“I felt the ideas we were giving were valued and listened to. The collaboration between writers and actors was great. I learned a lot about the process involved in taking an idea and writing a script.” ANDREW, 22, EDINBURGH – ACTOR/DIRECTOR GLASGOW & INVERNESS

The project in both cities ran as follows:

Phase 2 Friday Evening Scripts introduced – actor/directors assigned to writer & script. Read-throughs done, if possible. Saturday am – groups rehearse selected scenes & feedback. Scripts further polished & developed. pm – rehearsals continue. evening – rehearsals continue. Sunday all day – performances of rehearsed readings or selected scenes from each play. Whole group involved in feedback sessions.

“Seeing my script through others eyes has been really great, and I really appreciated & understood all the

Young writers involved in the project are as follows: GLASGOW James Anderson, 23, Edinburgh – Terricloth Laura Briody, 19, Glasgow – The Waiting Room & Nucleur Laura Brough, 21, Motherwell – The Witching Hour Graham Brown, 20, Glasgow – no title Emma Campbell, 24, Glasgow – The Memory Auction Rob Currie, 22, Dundee – The Mad Hatter Emily Deans, 16, Falkirk – Julia and the Voice in the Woods Patrick Gallagher, 20, Glasgow – Happy Families Catriona Graveson, 20, Edinburgh – no title Rhiannon Grist, 25, Edinburgh – The Kids Jennifer Knotts, 24, Glasgow – The Play David Lane, 23, Glasgow – no script Rhona MacKay, 17, Glasgow – Who Was I? Catherine Major, 20, Dumfries – Just Right Phillipa Mannion, 22, Glasgow – no title Claire McCraken, 19, Glasgow – Maps Kirsty McDuff, 24, Carluke – Synesthesia Gary McNair, 25, Glasgow – Chips and Chaos Tess Milligan, 16, East Kilbride – Piano Man Damian Mullen, 20, Airdrie – Bell for Help Sanchia O’Conner, 19, Glasgow – no title Christopher Patrick, 20, Greenock – Between Love and War Morgan Powell, 15, Girvan – The Lost Girl Harriet Rafferty, 17, Aberdeen – Sunshine Corner Sophie-Alicia Shaw, 20, Glasgow – no script Euan Shedden, 15, Glasgow – See Me

feedback people gave. I’ve gained a lot of perspective and I have a direction to go in.” ROB, 22, DUNDEE – PLAYWRIGHT GLASGOW COURSE

“David’s comments were thought provoking...It’s improved my confidence in script writing...people’s comments/feedback is useful.” SEAN, 17, HELMSDALE – PLAYWRIGHT INVERNESS COURSE

“It’s amazing to work with different writers and see their work come alive.” EILIDH, 18, KILMARNOCK – ACTOR/DIRECTOR GLASGOW/INVERNESS COURSES

Scottish Youth Theatre is seeking funds to produce a Young Writers’ Festival of New Writing in the year 2012/13. It is hoped that 4 or 6 of the scripts developed this year will be given a pared down performance platform.

Anna Schneider, 23, Stirling – The Song of the Calm of the Storm Euan Stamper, 16, Edinburgh – Phobos Kirsty Turkington, 22, Glasgow – no title Jessica Urquhart, 18, Hamilton – no script Kate Walsh, 19, Dunblane – The Terrorist Erin Woods, 19, Alloa – no title Carolyn Wylie, 23, Glasgow – Vanitas Vanitatum INVERNESS Ruth Barge, 16, Glasgow – The Railway Bridge Boroka Godley, 16, Edinburgh – Never Grow Up John Glover, 25, Aberdeen – Leroy the Wannabe Gangster Jenna Jarvis, 17, Edinburgh – Joanna’s Wedding Christine Lohner, 21, Aberdeen – The Princess and Her Happily Ever After Freddie Mack, 17, Ross-shire – no title Lewis McCutcheon, 17, Glasgow – C.O.D.Y. Come On Die Young Brad Morrison, 22, Aberdeen – Retail Ross Munro, 16, Tain – The Intimidation Game Laurie Euden-Paul, 16, Inverness – The Seabound Philosopher Rachel Pirie, 18, Elgin – no script changed to acting Sean Robertson, 17, Helmsdale – The Missing of Roanoke Martin Smith, 24, Moray – Memories of WWIII Isla Turner, 18, Forres – The Glanconer Liene Visokiha, 22, Glasgow – Identity Madeline Ward, 15, Lochgilphead – no title Phoebe Whitelaw, 19, Black Isle – no title Nikki Wylie, 16, Kirkwall – not decided on title


Young Writers’ Inverness

Between phases 1 & 2 each young writer received individual mentoring and script development help from David on a private Facebook group.

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Phase 1 Friday Evening Introduction & Skills Building Session with David Cosgrove & Mary McCluskey identifying style, premise & tagline. Saturday am – Skills Building with David – identifying improv exercises for actors/directors pm – Meet the actor/directors – begin writer led improv exercises. These sessions allowed writers to explore ways in which their scripts & characters might develop. Individual tutorials with David. evening – as in afternoon. Writers were set the task of writing a new scene over night. Sunday am – groups assemble – new scenes distributed to actor/directors. Scenes rehearsed, discussed & further developed. Individual tutorials with David continued. pm – as morning. Selected scenes looked at and feedback given. evening – whole group assembles for feedback session.


“I now feel more confident in leading the children in drama sessions.” ELAINE, TEACHER, MILTON COMMUNITY NURSERY CPD SESSION

ABERDEENSHIRE COUNCIL CPD @ HADDO HOUSE In October 2011, as part of a Creative Arts CPD day run by Aberdeenshire Council, Associate Director, Fraser MacLeod provided useful drama exercises and tools based on a ‘physical approach to text’. The day saw teachers participate in this workshop and one led by Artistic Director of Citymoves, Andy Howitt. The teachers then applied the exercises and tools from each workshop to create new physical pieces of dance/theatre.

Barnardo’s Film Project Kilmarnock




COTTISH Youth Theatre continues to use its Special Projects to deliver its outreach and social inclusion activities. The nature of the programme is continually changing to meet the needs of the youth theatre’s client groups. Throughout the year, Scottish Youth Theatre involved itself in special projects either initiated by the youth theatre, in partnership with other organisations or in response to requests from outside bodies. 2011/12 saw a variety of projects being delivered, including the following:

GCC CPD – TECHNICAL THEATRE – Associate Director, Fraser MacLeod and freelance technician, Ritchie Young

provided a technical theatre CPD workshop to 20 primary school teachers from throughout Glasgow. This workshop introduced basic skills in lighting and sound in order to technically support a school production. Time was given to thinking how to best use these elements creatively and effectively. A resource pack was also developed for the teacher to keep for reference.

“Fiona delivered a fun set of games & activities linked to the theme... adapted them to suit participants’ ages and abilities. Feedback from participants and parents was very positive.” MOIRA FROM AN LANNTAIR, STORNOWAY


AN LANNTAIR – In April 2011, Drama Worker, Fiona Manson, led a week’s programme of day long drama workshops with young people aged 8 to 14 in different venues around the Isles of Lewis and Harris. Spending a day in each venue, each session was themed on the story and music of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

– As part of Hutcheson’s Grammar School’s S4 careers evening, Associate Artistic Director, Fraser MacLeod gave advice on the training and career avenues within the creative industries.


In December 2011, Karen McGradyParker led a drama workshop based on Little Red Riding Hood with 45 young P1 pupils. This session was supported by SYT Productions performer Scott Miller. In January 2012, Fraser MacLeod led a ‘Bringing History Alive’ workshop for a group of P6 pupils. The workshop looked at ‘The Tudors’ and gave young people a creative understanding of living in these times. Scott Miller, once again, assisted on the delivery of this session

ALBYN SCHOOL ABERDEEN The school came to Scottish Youth Theatre seeking a tutor to deliver a stage combat workshop. The company sourced an experienced fight director for the school.


In February, Karen McGrady-Parker led 2 story devising drama workshops with young pupils from S1 to S4. The pupils have moderate to complex physical and Karen McGrady-Parker led a 2 hour learning difficulties with the majority of professional developmemt session for pupils having limited or no vocalization early years’ teaching staff from West capabilities. The group created inspiring Dunbartonshire Council run nurseries and primary schools. The workshop used stories through gesture, sound and basic tried and tested drama games, exercises Makaton signing. and techniques used when trying to create a story with 3 to 5 year olds.



BOTHWELL PRIMARY SCHOOL Bothwell Primary School regularly engages with Scottish Youth Theatre’s Curriculum for Excellence workshops. In April 2011, Fraser MacLeod facilitated an Ancient Egypt workshop with 30 P4 pupils.

Associate Artist, Sharon Miller led 3 Scottish Youth Theatre designed workshops on energy reduction for P1 to P3. These workshops were a fast paced and fun way to look at how each member of the family can help reduce energy use at home and in the community. The workshops were all facilitated in Sacred Heart Primary School in Bridgeton, Glasgow.

ST AMBROSE HIGH SCHOOL, COATBRIDGE In December, 2011, a team of 6 tutors led one hour workshops with 6 different S1 groups as part of a whole school celebration of ‘Scotland Day’. Each group of participants experienced the same Scottish Youth Theatre designed workshop which was a fast paced lively workshop looking at the past successes of Scotland as a nation. The workshop gave opportunity for young people to speculate what future contribution they could make to Scotland as a nation.

BARNARDO’S – KILMARNOCK PROJECT Funded by Cashback for Communities and in partnership with Barnardo’s, Scottish Youth Theatre began a film making project for young people in the Kilmarnock area. The project began in March 2012 and runs through to the end of May 2012. The team is made up from young people from 4 distinct groups in Kilmarnock. The project will develop personal, social, presentation and filmmaking skills. The group is being challenged to create, write, storyboard, cast, produce & film three short 90 second pieces of film. Project Director, Steven Leach; Writer, David Cosgrove; Film Specialist, Seth Gardner and Workshop Assistant, Eilidh Zerebiec are facilitating the practical elements of the project. The project will culminate in a screening at the Odeon in Kilmarnock, to be attended by Kenny MacAskill MSP.

“Excellent – really helped to fire up ideas and a way ahead for drama in my school setting.” TEACHER, HAZELWOOD SCHOOL CPD SESSION


In June 2011, 50 pupils from Minishant Primary visited Scottish Youth Theatre and were split into two groups of 25. Each group, led by the core artistic team, participated in a 2 hour drama workshop titled ‘The Wonderful World of Theatre’. In the last half hour of the workshop the participants shared their devised stories to each other. Both groups were inspired by the same piece of music, a prop and a piece of costume.

“I liked the way all the children were involved and seeing them having so much fun.”

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“SYT has given me so many fantastic opportunities over the years, and I am happy to still be involved with the company in a variety of challenging roles.”


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“The Scottish Youth Theatre’s Summer Festival is a fantastic way for young people from across Scotland to get creative and learn new performing skills. With 2012 designated the Year of Creative Scotland, the addition of the new accredited course will allow our talented youngsters to achieve a practical qualification in recognition of their hard work, helping to lay the foundations for a flourishing creative career.” FIONA HYSLOP MSP CABINET SECRETARY FOR CULTURE & EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

In January 2012, Scottish Youth Theatre received approval to deliver the new Performance and Production Learning Programme. This resulted from the course being credit rated by the SQA. After years of research and development the new course complements the existing structure of Summer Festival and offers a vocational qualification to participants that is recognized by further and higher education establishments. The new course consists of 4 units; Rehearsal and Performance Process, Voice in Rehearsal and Performance, Movement in Rehearsal and Performance and Character in Rehearsal and Performance. Learners, who successfully complete the course, will receive a Level 7 award with 29

Credit Points on the SCQF framework. Summer Festival 2012 will see the first cohort of students go through the course.

“The enthusiasm of groups like the Scottish Youth Theatre and their role in getting young people interested in the dramatic arts is well documented. However, such enthusiasm can now be transformed into a tangible qualification, ensuring that an interest in theatre can be maintained, while still learning new skills and being rewarded for them. This will ultimately improve the employability of the young people who take the course and the SYT should be congratulated for their forward thinking, including getting SCQF and SQA approval.” DR ALASDAIR ALLAN MSP MINISTER FOR LEARNING

NATIONAL YOUTH PERFORMING ARTS COMPANIES – Scottish Youth Theatre has been working alongside our sister national youth companies to share good practice and raise the profile of youth performing arts in Scotland for over ten years. In the year 2011/12, the group continued to lobby Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government for recognition of the work the companies do on a national level. This robust lobbying has resulted in the Cabinet Secretary for Culture requesting a review of youth arts in Scotland and the creation of a new National Youth Arts Strategy. This document is due to be issued in June 2012.

BRIAN COX STUDIO & EDWIN MORGAN STUDIO – In 2011/12, the youth theatre continued to move towards the establishment of these two spaces as child, young person

and family city centre venues. The programme for this year included: ❚ Family Storytime Rehearsals & performance x 3 terms ❚ SF’11 Performances Born Bad? & Zombiism ❚ Festive Show – That’s Not My Name! ❚ Easter Show – The Princess and the Pea ❚ Easter Show – You Can’t Catch Me! ❚ Musical Theatre Course – Charlie & the Chocolate Factory ❚ Murder Mystery Course – Murder at the Old Sheriff Court ❚ Edwin Morgan Studio – naming event ❚ SYT Productions – Sawney Bean the Musical ❚ Scottish Youth Theatre – Winter Festival ❚ Scottish Youth Theatre Young Writers’ Scheme ❚ Kris Haddow – Insomnia ❚ Visible Fictions – The Hunted ❚ M6 Theatre – Sunflowers and Seeds ❚ Inspiration Festival – The Sea King, Claytime, Head In The Clouds, Diving Belle ❚ National Theatre of Scotland – Truant ❚ Glasgow Comedy Festival – Universal Comedy ❚ Transylvanian Productions – Phantom of the Opera

WORK FOR 7 YEAR OLDS AND UNDER “Talented young performers engaged patients well.” YORKHILL SICK CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Scottish Youth Theatre continues to expand its work for this age group and their families. This work not only benefits the young people in the audience but greatly benefits the young people who perform in them. Performance participants are gaining valuable devising, character creation and improvisational skills. Interactive Theatre Performances in Glasgow and Aberdeen are proving to be

an expected treat for families and schools – running in December in both cities and in April in Glasgow. Audiences in both cities have embraced the company’s interactive and engaging style of theatre. Fortnightly Family Storytime performances continue to attract an audience of everyone from crawlers to toddlers and pre-schoolers to parents. Such is the popularity of this unique style of storytelling that the youth theatre is now being asked to take performances out to other venues around the country. In 2011/12, performances were taken out to Yorkhill Sick Children’s Hospital and to Hamley’s toy store in Glasgow. Plans are afoot for an autumn tour in 2012. In the coming year, Karen McGrady, Associate Director – Early Years, hopes to develop a version of Family Storytime for 2yr olds and under.

FUTURE COLLABORATIONS – Valued partnerships are at the core of Scottish Youth Theatre’s annual programme of activities. Between April ’11 and March ’12, the youth theatre continued to strengthen its partnerships with old friends. The company also initiated and responded to new contacts at a Scottish level, a UK level and on an international level. Scottish Youth Theatre’s programme of activities would not be as successful without the partnerships formed with other arts organisations and venues. Scottish Youth Theatre is looking forward to working with new collaborators as follows: Barnardos; Visible Fictions; Scottish Book Trust; Royal Botanic Garden (Edinburgh); Y-Dance; National Theatre of Scotland; Contact The World; the Scottish Storytelling Centre & Festival and Youth Theatre Perth, Western Australia.


COTTISH Youth Theatre believes that the research and development of new activities and new partnerships is vital to the sustainability of the company in the current financial climate. In 2011/12 the youth theatre has worked hard to design and develop new activities. It has also endeavoured to seek out like minded organizations for future collaborations.

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“The Old Sheriff Court is a striking and versatile space – ideal for carrying out the sort of work that Scottish Youth Theatre offers young people.”

The Foyer, The Old Sheriff Court

Scotland (M) Community Education Division – Strathclyde University (M) ❚ Ethnic Minorities Law Centre (M T)** ❚ FableVision (F) ❚ Families Need Fathers (M) ❚ Federation of Scottish Theatres (C) ❚ Floris Book (O) ❚ Frame (M) INGRID GAHAGAN, PERSIMMON HOMES, APRIL 2011 ❚ Generations Working Together (M) ❚ Glasgow City Council (M) ❚ Glasgow Comedy Festival – Universal Scottish Youth Theatre has occupied the Comedy (P) building for almost 7 years now and given ❚ Glasgow Council On Alcohol (T) the current economic climate, board and ❚ Glasgow Homelessness Network (M) staff have worked hard to maintain and improve the number of diverse groups using ❚ Glasgow Housing Association (M)* ❚ Glasgow Life (W) the Old Sheriff Court. 2011/12 has seen ❚ Glasgow School of Social Work (W) the venue become further established as a City Centre resource for rehearsals, meetings, ❚ Glasgow Women's Aid (T)* receptions and conferences. Longstanding ❚ Goldfish Theatre Company (R)* ❚ Greenhaus Communications (M) relationships continue with Dance House ❚ Historic Scotland (C) and Adam Smith College. The company ❚ HIV Scotland (M) continues to endeavour to programme the ❚ Idip – Inspirations Festival (P) venue with child, young person and family ❚ Indefinite Article – Inspirations Festival (P) friendly events and performances. Venue ❚ Independent Street Arts Network (C) users in the year are as follows: ❚ Information Commissioner's Office (M) ❚ International Association For Community ❚ Action For Children (W F) Development (C W) ❚ Action for Churches Together in Scotland (M) ❚ Irene Harris (O)* ❚ Action Learning Facilitators Scotland (T) ❚ Iron Oxide (A) ❚ Adam Smith College (W R)** ❚ James Watt College (P) ❚ AXA PPP (M) ❚ Jolly Dance School (P) ❚ Bard in the Botanics (R) ❚ Khutso Dunbar (W) ❚ BBC (A) ❚ Knightswood Dance School of Scotland (P) ❚ Beach Casting Ltd (A) ❚ Kris Haddow (P) ❚ Brian Hartley Merchant City Festival Trail (P) ❚ Kudos (R)*** ❚ Bridget McCann (T)** ❚ Learning & Teaching Scotland (M) ❚ Business Gateway (M) ❚ LGBT Scotland (W)* ❚ Cathedarl Players (R P) ❚ Limelight (W)* ❚ Cats Protection (M) ❚ Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland (C) ❚ Chartered Institute Of Public Relations (M) ❚ Lush & Co (T) ❚ Clare McGarry Inspirations Festival (P) ❚ Maureen Thorpe Yoga (W)** ❚ Cloud Atlas (O)** ❚ Maximillian Events (M) ❚ Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre – Inspiration ❚ McGrade & Company Employment Festival (P) Lawyers (C) ❚ Common Purpose (M)* ❚ Mental Health Foundation (C) ❚ Community Food and Health Scotland (M) ❚ Michael Harrison Entertainment (R) ❚ Creative Scotland (W M C)* ❚ National Theatre Scotland (R P)* ❚ Cultural Enterprise Office (M T)*** ❚ National Youth Pipe Band (R)* ❚ Cutting Edge (R) ❚ NESTA (M)* ❚ Dance House (W)*** ❚ Notre Dame Centre (R P) ❚ Deaf Blind Scotland (R) ❚ Old Sheriff Court Residents Association (M)* ❚ Department of Work & Pensions (M) ❚ Promote YT (M)* ❚ Ecosse Films (M) ❚ Rape Crisis Centre (M) ❚ Education Scotland Aberdeen Council (M) ❚ Red Cross (M) ❚ Education Services GCC (W)

HE Scottish Youth Theatre building is an impressive space, where one immediately feels inspired and as a builder of family homes, Persimmon are delighted to assist in whatever small way we can to help them continue their magnificent work with children in Scotland.”


❚ Enable

❚ Rhythm


❚ Royal

of the Celts (R) Bank of Scotland Mentoring Services (M) ❚ Say Women (C) ❚ Scottish Book Trust (T C)** ❚ Scottish Business in the Community (C)* ❚ Scottish Community Development Centre (M)* ❚ Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability (M)* ❚ Scottish Council For Voluntary Organisations (M) ❚ Scottish Credit & Qualifications (T) ❚ Scottish Homelessness and Employability Network (M) ❚ Scottish Mentoring Network (C) ❚ Scottish Organisation For Practice Teaching (C) ❚ Scottish Recovery Network (M) ❚ Scottish Social Services & Learning Network (M) ❚ Scottish Social Services Council (M) ❚ Shakespeare Schools Festival (W) ❚ Social Care & Social Work Improvement Scotland (M) ❚ Social Care Ideas Factory (M C)** ❚ Solar Bear (T C) ❚ Somewhere To – Barry Innes (R) ❚ Stark Events (M) ❚ Tattie Moon (F) ❚ The Big Partnership CIPR Scotland (T) ❚ The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (R P) ❚ The Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland (M) ❚ Theatre Jezebel (R) ❚ Tidal Fire (M) ❚ Transylvanian Productions (R P) ❚ Tron Theatre (M R)* ❚ Turning Point Scotland (T M)* ❚ Unity Enterprises (M) ❚ University of Edinburgh (M) ❚ University Of Strathclyde (M) ❚ Vanessa Smith Pilates (W)*** ❚ Victim Support (C) ❚ Visible Fictions (R P)* ❚ Y-Dance (R)* ❚ YMCA George Williams College (T)** KEY DENOTES:

(W) = Workshops or Classes (F) = Filming (M) = Meeting (T) = Training

(R) (A) (P) (C) (O)

* More than 1 booking Less 5 ** Between 5 & 10 bookings *** More than 10 bookings

= Rehearsal = Auditions = Performance = Conference = Other

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“One of our best theatrical experiences with the children. The warmth of the performance put the children (and adults) at ease immediately.”

“Funny and energising. I have never done theatre workshops before, and this was a great first.” CASY, 16, PARTICPANT 9/11 SUMMER SCHOOL



OLLABORATION and partnerships are the way forward, especially in this time of economic recession. Interfacing with friends old and new is a healthy way of improving best practice. The company wishes to thank all of the theatre organisations, charities, local authorities, government departments, youth groups and schools who have collaborated on the many projects, performances and workshops delivered in 2011/12. The company wishes to thank the following:

Creative Scotland for continuing to support Scottish Youth Theatre as a Foundation Organisation, at this time of transition. The company appreciates this recognition of the youth theatre’s programme of activities all across Scotland. Scottish Youth Theatre is grateful for the continued revenue support from Glasgow City Council. The company is an integral part of the cultural life of the city. Not only operating within the city but also bringing thousands of children, young people and their families to Glasgow every year. The increased use of the Old Sheriff Court as a venue for conferences, meetings, rehearsals and performances has greatly improved the

number of visitors the company brings to the city. Scottish Youth Theatre also wishes to thank all who support the organisation through the Yellow Brick Road scheme. Scottish Youth Theatre very much appreciates the financial support it has received from the following Trust Funds, Foundations and individuals: The SYT Trust; The Theatre Club; Edwin Morgan Estate; Persimmon Homes; Arts & Business Scotland in conjunction with Beattie Communications; Margaret Hearne; Jim Thomson; Dr Bill Doig; Cassea; John Scott Moncrieff. Scottish Youth Theatre values its mutually beneficial partnerships with: Festival City Theatres Trust; HMT Aberdeen & Aberdeen Performing Arts; GCC Glasgow Life; NHS Health Scotland; City Of Edinburgh Council; Aberdeen City Council; Eden Court Theatre; National Youth Choir of Scotland; National Youth Orchestras of Scotland; National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland; Y-Dance; Promote-YT; RCS; Federation Of Scottish Theatre; National Theatre of Scotland; Shakespeare In Schools Festival; Midnite Youth Theatre, Perth, Western Australia; Toronto Youth Theatre; and the many schools, youth groups and local drama clubs who engage with the company every year.

– in July ’12, Scottish Youth Theatre was invited by the British Council to lead a workshop with participants on the Edinburgh leg of this summer school. It involved young people who lost their parents during the 9/11 terrorist attack on the USA. Karen McGrady-Parker accompanied by members of SYT Productions devised and delivered a half-day workshop at Pollok Halls, Edinburgh University.

COMMONWEALTH FESTIVAL OF YOUTH THEATRE – Scottish Youth Theatre is working in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland and Contact the World (Manchester) to devise, develop and deliver a festival of youth theatre from across the Commonwealth. The festival will run in parallel with the Glasgow Games in 2014.

BOARD& staff

YOUTH THEATRE PERTH WA – this new youth theatre from Western Australia approached Scottish Youth Theatre to suggest future partnership projects. This includes a visit by Youth Theatre Perth to perform in the Brian Cox Studio in January 2013.

‘I had an amazing time and usually I don’t like activities like this.’ BILLY, 16, PARTICIPANT 9/11 SUMMER SCHOOL

We have said goodbye to: Claire Anderson, Ryan Bessant, Robbie Fraser, Mairi Hall, Emma Lochhead, Rhiannon McCrorie and Alison Russell. We have welcomed: Pippa Dale, Iain Findlay-Walsh and Kyriakos Vogiatzis.



Bobby Hain

Artistic Director (Chief Executive)

Senior Projects Coordinator

Mary McCluskey

Pippa Dale

Executive Director


Caroline Cosgrove

Sean Greenhorn

Associate Director Early Years


Karen McGrady-Parker

Sean McCluskey

Associate Artistic Director

Building Supervisor

Fraser MacLeod

James Rooney

Janette Harkess

Finance / Office Manager


Margaret Hearne

Carol Rooney

Julia Dzikowska

Ralph Leishman

Senior Marketing Officer


Carole Mackie


Scott Anderson Anne-Marie Austin Douglas Brown Sarah Deas

Frank McAveety Mary McCluskey John Scott Moncrieff Thomas Murdock Harry Warnock Jane Wilson


Emma Dunipace Marketing Officer

Kyriakos Vogiatzis

Francesca Adair Julie Austin Cath Baxter David Carter Dale Corlett David Cosgrove Mary Gapinski Rebecca Kilbey Fiona McGarry Kenny McGlashan Finlay McLay Kieran McLoughlin Kenny Miller Sharon Miller Neil Packham Martyn Robertson Pam Wardell Robin Wilson



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S Scotland’s national theatre ‘for & by’ young people, Scottish Youth Theatre receives patronage and support from many stars of stage and screen. Their support is much appreciated. The youth theatre’s family of Patrons work steadfastly to support and promote our work out in the wider world. They also participate in and attend many of the company’s events and press calls throughout the year.







– as part of the company’s Summer of Horror, the marketing team organized a special fancy dress event in the building. Participants were delighted to welcome patrons Blythe Duff and Elaine C. Smith to the event. Elaine kindly hosted the event making a special presentation to Mary McCluskey, Artistic Director, to mark her 20th Scottish Youth Theatre Summer Festival. Staff and participants excelled themselves in their costumes and the short horror films they created. Entertainment was provided by the Sunflower Tuesdays.




– Fiona Hyslop MSP attended the

‘opening night’ of Prom Night of the Living Dead with her teenage son. The cast was happy to meet and greet Ms Hyslop and her son after the performance. Scottish Youth Theatre appreciates this interest and support.

BRIAN COX VISIT – Brian, the youth theatre’s first patron, visited the building on 17th February for a Q&A session with SYT Productions Participants. Following a lively discussion, Brian answered questions about his career and drama training.

COLIN McCREDIE – The Princess Royal visited the building as part of the Victim Support EU Conference. Maisie McCredie and her father, SYT Patron Colin McCredie, presented Princess Anne with flowers. The conference was also attended by Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice; Bob Winters, Lord Provost of Glasgow; Frank Mulholland, the Lord Advocate; and David Strang, Chief Constable for Lothian and Borders

FIRST MINISTER’S VISIT – In November 2011, Alex Salmond MSP, Scotland’s First Minister visited the Old Sheriff Court, as part of the Historic


Alex Salmond, First Minister and Scottish Youth Theatre Core Staff





Scotland Digital Documentation Conference. Mr. Salmond kindly insisted on meeting and greeting SYT Staff.

LIAM McARTHUR MSP FOR ORKNEY – February 2012. Liam, who is on the Education & Culture Committee, is a Lib Dem MSP. He was given a tour of the building by members of SYT Productions and staff.

PATRICIA FERGUSON MSP – In March, Patricia, Labour spokesperson for Culture, visited the building. This was Patricia’s first visit to the building since she officially opened the new building in 2005. She was given a tour of the venue then met with participants and staff. Scottish Youth Theatre greatly appreciates the support it receives from its many friends and Patrons

“Scottish Youth Theatre helped me decide what I wanted to do and gave me an active, supportive environment to really push myself in acting and writing. The Young Writers course for 2011 is a great chance for the promising talent all over Scotland to learn from experienced professionals and start on the road to professional writing.” PAUL RILEY, SYT PATRON, MAY 2011

Patron Brian Cox and SYT Productions



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PATRONS& friends

“As the flagship organisation for young theatrical talent in Scotland, Scottish Youth Theatre is no stranger to pushing boundaries in order to challenge the creative potential of the young people that they reach.”

“Everything I’ve done with Scottish Youth Theatre has been incredible...I have grown in confidence and maturity thanks to this...I’m lucky enough to have found SYT”







Family Storytime Caption in here for image above

COTTISH Youth Theatre is proud of the work it does each year in giving children and young people the opportunity to access a quality theatre arts experience. The company looks forward to working alongside Creative Scotland in the delivery of the new National Youth Arts Strategy – to be announced in June 2012. The youth theatre also awaits the results of Creative Scotland’s Theatre Review. The company is invigorated at this time of great change in the ecology


of the arts in Scotland. It looks forward to working with colleagues in the other national youth performing arts companies in achieving ‘national’ company status. As the national youth theatre of Scotland the company will continue to highlight the value of the youth theatre process in creating confident, culturally aware citizens for Scotland. As always, Scottish Youth Theatre will never underestimate what each participant can achieve through involvement in the youth theatre process.

Liam McArthur MSP visits SYT

Mary McCluskey Artistic Director (Chief Executive) May 2012

Born Bad? Caption in here for image above

Zombiism SF11

“SYT is diverse and keeps growing and pleases all markets of people from young children to adults with Family Storytime and Summer Festival and its nice to see new people loving the youth theatre the way I do.� LAURENN,17, GLASGOW

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