News: National Ensemble to go on a tour of Scotland

We are delighted to announce that Richmond Oaks and Arts & Business Scotland are sponsoring a national tour of the 2018 Scottish Youth Theatre National Ensemble’s new performance which highlights issues around mental health.

Alan Harty, Daniel Cawley, David Watt and Calum Ross

The 2018 Scottish Youth Theatre National Ensemble features 19 young theatre makers aged 16 – 25 who were selected at national auditions in October 2017. Throughout the year, they are working with top theatre industry professionals and will put their learning into practice this summer when they devise and perform their own show about mental health. 

Chief Executive of SYT Jacky Hardacre commented;
“The aim of the National Ensemble is to offer young artists the next stage in their journey to become exceptional theatre-makers. We are keen to take the show on the road to give them vital touring experience and to share their achievements around the country. Thanks to the generous support from Richmond Oaks and Arts & Business Scotland we can now realise that ambition”

Alan Harty, who co-owns Richmond Oaks with his wife Lindsay, was keen to support a young people’s project which explored issues of mental health. He was impressed by the commitment and confidence of members of the National Ensemble and could see that he could offer more than just financial support. His family-run, debt management company also offer signposts to help customers deal with managing the stress and mental health issues caused by debt and Alan will be sharing these stories with the Ensemble, as they devise their show. Mr Harty adds,

“We commissioned our own research in 2017 into the links between debt and mental health as our clients feedback daily about the severe impact debt has had on there mental health and the knock on effect to the family unit, particularly the children of people in debt.
We are therefore delighted to be supporting such an innovative project, driven by such an impressive group of dynamic and creative young people.”

 Arts & Business Scotland are supporting the project through the Culture & Business Fund, which provides match funding to encourage arts organisations and businesses to work together to bring creative projects to life, as Arts & Business Scotland Head of Programmes Carl Watt explains;

“We are delighted to support this project and to match Richmond Oaks’ sponsorship of this year’s Scottish Youth Theatre National Ensemble production pound for pound through the Culture & Business Fund Scotland. The aim of the fund is to encourage greater collaboration between business and the cultural sector, be that by getting more businesses to sponsor cultural activity for the first time or by encouraging businesses to return to supporting arts and heritage organisations if they have not done so in the past two years.”

“This is a great example of how businesses and cultural organisations can work together for mutual benefit. I hope this partnership will inspire more businesses to sponsor cultural activities across Scotland.”


Thanks to this funding boost, the SYT National Ensemble will be able to tour their show throughout Scotland over the summer. 
Ensemble member Calum Ross, who is originally from Falkirk remarked 

“I’m so excited to be part of the Ensemble. It has already been such a rewarding experience – working with choreographers, musicians and directors – I’ve learned so much. But taking a show we have created on a national tour is a first for me and many other members of the Ensemble. This is an experience I wouldn’t normally have, and I am so grateful to everyone who has made this possible.”

The show will open in Glasgow in July 2018 and hopes to tour to Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen. More information will be released in the coming months through Scottish Youth Theatre’s website – www.scottishyouththeatre.org so watch this space.

7th March 2018 By Scottish Youth Theatre

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