Scottish Youth Theatre have launched a new national ‘digital’ artistic programme in direct response to the current crisis, where young people all over the country are staying at home to protect themselves and their loved ones. Over the coming weeks we will be offering young people, families, professional creatives, stakeholders and wider audiences ways to continue to engage with us creatively through this time of unprecedented international crisis. This exciting new digital programme will be fully accessible to D/deaf audiences.
Scottish Youth Theatre National Ensemble 2020
The postponed national tour for this year’s production ‘Once you See the Smoke’ will be digitally reimagined to ensure the National Ensemble continue to have the opportunity to develop their creative practice investigating climate change. Led by Melanie Jordan, this year’s group of twenty young theatre makers will devise a new digital output that will be shared with audiences in July.
Scottish Youth Theatre has always been a place where young people can nurture their skills and talents in a safe, welcoming environment. The Coronavirus pandemic has forced the closure of many safe spaces for young people across the country.
The new Quaranteen will provide mentorship for 14-19 year-olds through socially-engaged artistic practice. In addition to artistic mentorship and provocation from our five resident arts activists, participants will have access to robust bespoke mental health support from our project partners, Pure Potential Scotland.
As well as a public call tba, participants will be recruited in collaboration with our colleagues in the Youth Arts Sector around Scotland.
More information can be found here.
2020 Stories – A project for young writers
20 young writers – 20 professional actors – responding to 2020
Scottish Youth Theatre are seeking young writers to create spoken word pieces in response to this unique time of crisis. This could be a poem, a monologue, a news report, anything that one actor can perform in isolation. We’ll select twenty young writers to create brand new two-minute pieces that will be performed and recorded in isolation by a professional actor, then shared digitally with the world. Applications have now closed.
Communities – A project for young people under 26
A space for togetherness across communities
Every Saturday at 10am , Scottish Youth Theatre will share a creative task that can be done in your own home on your own or with friends and family members digitally. These simple weekly tasks will run for the duration of isolation and quarantine with the aim to keep your devising and theatre making skills flourishing. Share them using #SYTCommunities.
Coronavirus Time Capsule – A UK wide project for 13-19 year old’s led by Company Three
We are working with Company Three to share their Coronavirus Time Capsule with young people and the youth arts sector in Scotland, ensuring the voice of Scotland’s youth is heard in this time of international crisis.M ore information on how to take part can be found on their website.
Thank you to all our partners, venues, funders, audiences and participants for their ongoing love and support.