Elevate at Theatre Royal Dumfries


In partnership with Theatre Royal Dumfries, 14th - 19th October 2019.

A free Autumn training week for aspiring young theatre makers aged 14 – 18 interested in exploring site specific performance. 

Performance at a Plainstanes, Dumfries High St on Saturday 19 October, 2pm.


Are you an aspiring performer passionate about exploring your theatre making skills? Then register for Elevate – a week-long, free holiday programme at Theatre Royal Dumfries.

Elevate is specifically aimed at young people ready to take the next step in their journey as theatre-makers. During the week young artists will collaborate with brand new company 'Hidden Route' ran by Lisa Williamson & Gemma Nicol formerly of Dundee Rep Engage, to create a site-specific performance responding to the local environment.

Who can apply?
  • You must be aged 14 - 18
  • Living in Dumfries & Galloway (travel bursaries are available to those who maybe facing financial barriers)
  • Interested in new skills & developing your theatre-making toolbox
  • Must be available for the whole duration of the course


There is no fee to apply or participate. Applications now closed.


For more information, please contact Kirsty at projectsassistant@scottishyouththeatre.org


Meet the lead artists:



Gemma Nicol & Lisa Williamson are co-artistic directors of hidden route. Collectively they have been working within the participation sector for over fifteen years and during this time have created and directed numerous theatre productions with young people in a range of settings.

Previously they worked together within the renowned Engage department at Dundee Rep Theatre where they worked in diverse contexts such as schools, health & social care and a variety of community settings.

In addition they have worked with companies such as National Theatre of Scotland, The Point, macrobert arts centre, Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and Imaginate. 

Gemma and Lisa love to create work that is driven by collaboration and curiosity.




hidden route - theatre for the curious


Hidden Route is a new theatre company who are based in Dundee and work across Scotland. They create bold, brave and thoughtful theatre with 14-26 year olds in unexpected spaces.


The company are passionate about collaborating with young theatre-makers and creative partners to make ambitious theatre which draws inspiration from the young people they work with, physical spaces and stories both fictional and true.


Hidden route offers a space where young people from all backgrounds and experience can come together to collaborate, be curious and respond creatively to the world around them.



Scottish Youth Theatre is very grateful to the following organisations for their donations towards the cost of this project:

The Holywood Trust

Loch Arthur

Theatre Development Trust

Theatre Development Trust

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