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 last few months we have offered 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 is be fully accessible to D/deaf audiences.
The postponed national tour for this year’s production ‘Once you See the Smoke’ was digitally reimagined to ensure the National Ensemble continued to have the opportunity to develop their creative practice investigating climate justice. Led by Melanie Jordan, this year’s group of twenty young theatre makers devised a new digital live theatre show that premiered on Zoom 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.
Participants were recruited in collaboration with our colleagues in the Youth Arts Sector around Scotland. You can see the participants' incredible work – featuring imagery, audio, video, and text – on the project site HERE.
More information about the development of Quaranteen and its residents can be found via our archive.
20 young writers. 20 professional actors. Responding to 2020.
Scottish Youth Theatre recruited a group of young writers to create spoken word pieces responding to a unique time of crisis. This took the forms of poems, monologues, and news reports. These twenty young writers created brand new short pieces that were performed and recorded in isolation by professional actors. The event launched in June.
You can watch the full production of 2020 Stories here.
A space for togetherness across communities...
Throughout the first ten weeks of the COVID-19 lockdown, Scottish Youth Theatre shared creative tasks that could be done at home on your own or jointly with friends and family members digitally. These simple, weekly tasks were designed to keep participants creative, and flourish everyone's theatre-making skills. #SYTCommunities
Scottish Youth Theatre worked with Company Three to share their Coronavirus Time Capsule with young people and the youth arts sector in Scotland, ensuring the voices of Scotland’s young creatives are heard during this time of international crisis. You can visit the full project here.
Thank you to all our partners, venues, funders, audiences and participants for their ongoing love and support.