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FAQs

 

  • What is Scottish Youth Theatre?
Scottish Youth Theatre is Scotland's National Theatre 'for and by' young people.
  • What does Scottish Youth Theatre do?
Scottish Youth Theatre's aim is to give young people in Scotland the opportunity to explore and to reach their creative potential through a quality theatre arts experience.
To achieve this, the company holds Weekly Drama Classes in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, Residential Courses, a National Roadshow, Easter/October Holiday Courses, the Summer Festival and Special Projects.
The Summer Festival also provides the option to stay in Glasgow residences on the Foundation Courses and 3 Week Intermediate Course.
Additionally, the company runs Advance Skills and Specialist Skills Courses for participants who want to continue to improve their skills.
SYT Productions offers a theatrical experience at a professional level for those participants who have been identified to have excelled in Scottish Youth Theatre activities and are considering a career in theatre.
  • Will I be famous?
A proportion of Scottish Youth Theatre participants do go on to drama colleges throughout the UK and some become well known, like Gerard Butler, Siobhan Redmond, Douglas Henshall, Laura Fraser, Colin McCredie, Blythe Duff, David Mackay, Caroline Paterson, Craig McMurdo, and Kirsty Young. However, Scottish Youth Theatre is not about producing 'stars' as such; the company's primary concern is with supporting the development of social and creative skills in every young person it reaches.
  • Any other questions?
If you can't find the answer you're looking for here please email us at info@scottishyouththeatre.org and we'll get back to you with an answer and post it up on the website.
  • What happens in the weekly classes?
For the younger participants (3-4 years), the classes provide an introduction to drama through games, stories and art activities.  Members are encouraged to develop their self-expression and to explore their imaginations in a fun and lively atmosphere.
The classes for those between 5-7 years continue the approach of the previous classes but the activities have more emphasis on improvisation, including movement, character and story.
For those 8-10 and 11-14 years old, the tutor led improvisation and drama games help participants develop skills such as character and narrative development, voice and movement. Participant input is very important and issues of relevance to the participants will inspire much of the group's work.
We also run a senior workshop for 15-25 year olds, which provides a wide-ranging dramatic experience.  In this class participants concentrate on improvisation.
Finally, most participants find that the classes are great fun and a good place to meet new friends with similar interests.
  • How long are the classes?
Each term lasts 10 weeks and there are 3 terms a year.
Each class varies in length but as a guide:
    • 3-4 years classes last 1 hour.
    • 5-7 years classes last 1 hour 30 minutes.
    • For 8 years and older, classes are 2 hours long.
  • How much are classes?
Classes cost £110 for drama classes and £55 for dance classes per term.
  • How old do I have to be to join a class?
In Glasgow we hold classes for the following age groups:
    • 3-4 year olds
    • 5-7 year olds
    • 8-10 year olds
    • 11-14 year olds
    • 15-25 year olds
In Edinburgh we hold classes for the following age groups:
    • 3-4 year olds
    • 5-7 year olds
    • 8-10 year olds
    • 11-14 year olds
    • 15-25 year olds
We take the age of the participant on the first day of the term to determine which class he/she will be eligible for.
  • How do I apply for classes?
As you can imagine, our classes are very popular and spaces are limited so the best way to apply is to join the Interest List. This means we will contact you in advance of the following term.  We operate on a first come, first served basis, so it helps if you get your reply to us a soon as possible. 
If you are on our participants list, you will receive an application form and also receive information on Scottish Youth Theatre activities and our newsletter throughout the year.
If you would like to join the Interest List please telephone the office on 0141 552 3988 or click here.
  • Can my friends and family come and see me perform?
At the end of each term there is an opportunity for friends and family to watch participants take part in a 'sharing'. A 'sharing' is a devised piece which will give the audience a taster of what the participants have been working on in their classes. The sharing usually happens in the last 15-20 minutes of the final class in term.
  • How do I pay for classes?
Fees can be paid in a number of ways, including cheque, postal order, standing order and credit and debit card. Cash can also be accepted if paying in person.
 
  • What is the Summer Festival?
Summer Festival takes place over July and August of each year. Summer Festival provides a variety of theatre arts courses for young people aged between 8 and 21 at different locations throughout Scotland. There are both residential and non-residential courses which last for one, two, three or five weeks and provide activities to suit the various skills and needs of the young people taking part. All courses culminate in a performance in a professional theatre.
The Summer Festival involves several public productions at main house theatres in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen
  • What happens during the course?
An average day on Foundation Course runs from 9.30am to 6pm although this can vary depending on each group and what they have achieved during the day.  The 3 Week Intermediate Course and 5 week Performance and Production Course runs between 9.30am to 9pm.  There is a mid morning, mid afternoon and a lunch break. The Junior Course runs from approx 9.30am to 5pm.
Some days may finish later depending on rehearsals or a technical run through.
  • What happens if there isn't a Scottish Youth Theatre group near me?
Every autumn, the company embarks on a Roadshow across the whole of Scotland for six weeks, visiting schools and youth community groups.  Up to 40 participants from each venue take part in a fun drama workshop and learn about the theatre arts opportunities available to them.
To find out more information about the roadshow at a venue near you, click here. If you think your school or group might like to take part in a roadshow event next year why not pass on our details, or get in touch on by emailing info@scottishyouththeatre.org
Summer Festival courses are held in different areas of the country.  We offer residential options for our Glasgow Foundation Course. Our 3 week Intermediate Course also has a residential option.  We also hold a five-week Production and Performance course for 16-21 year olds in Glasgow. This will not be a residential course although recommended residences will be suggested.
  • Are there any evening events?
Although it does not apply to all courses, there are sometimes evening activities organised such as games, a Civic Reception or a Stars in Their Eyes competition.  On the 5 week Performance and Production Course and the 3 week Intermediate Course there will be rehearsals most evenings.
  • How much money should I bring with me?
The participant will need lunch money and general spending money.
 
  • What happens at the end of Summer Festival?
This depends on which course you have been on.
At the end of the  Junior Courses, Foundation Courses and Specialised Skills courses there is an opportunity for friends and family to watch participants take part in a 'sharing' and to come and see what participants have been working on throughout the course.
The 5 Week Performance and Production Course and the 3 week Intermediate Course culminates in professionally staged performances for a public audience.
Participants of 2008's Performance and Production performed and worked behind the scenes one of three productions, Oh! What a Lovely War, Hero (devised by the company) and Geordie.
  • What care is provided for the participants during the Summer Festival?
The Scottish Youth Theatre residential staff provide pastoral care and are responsible for the participants on residential courses. They are the first port of call if there are any problems or queries. The staff stay in the residence with the participants and accompany them to their workshop rehearsals and performances. For non residential participants there are plenty of staff around during the day.
  • Is it possible to stay at the accommodation the day before the course starts?
As the course starts on a Monday, participants who are travelling a long way may want to stay in the residence the night before. We will send you information on booking this nearer the start of the course.
  • Is it possible to leave after the performance/ the final day of the course?
At the end of the course the participants take part in a performance they have been working on throughout the course. Parents and guardians can book tickets for this public performance. The participant may return with them afterwards if they wish although the parent / guardian will need to sign them out of the residential staff care. If you would like to do this, please let us know by calling the SYT office on 0141 552 3988.
  • Is transport provided?
Bus transport will be provided between the residence and the venue. If the destination is within walking distance such as rehearsal space, Scottish Youth Theatre staff will accompany the participants en route
 

  • What is Scottish Youth Theatre?

    Scottish Youth Theatre is Scotland's National Theatre 'for and by' young people.

  • What does Scottish Youth Theatre do?

    Scottish Youth Theatre's aim is to give young people in Scotland the opportunity to explore and to reach their creative potential through a quality theatre arts experience.

    To achieve this, the company holds Weekly Drama Classes in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, Residential Courses, a National Roadshow, Easter/October Holiday Courses, the Summer Festival and Special Projects.

    The Summer Festival also provides the option to stay in Glasgow residences on the Foundation Courses and 3 Week Intermediate Course.

    Additionally, the company runs Advance Skills and Specialist Skills Courses for participants who want to continue to improve their skills.

    SYT Productions offers a theatrical experience at a professional level for those participants who have been identified to have excelled in Scottish Youth Theatre activities and are considering a career in theatre.

  • Will I be famous?

    A proportion of Scottish Youth Theatre participants do go on to drama colleges throughout the UK and some become well known, like Gerard Butler, Siobhan Redmond, Douglas Henshall, Laura Fraser, Colin McCredie, Blythe Duff, David Mackay, Caroline Paterson, Craig McMurdo, and Kirsty Young. However, Scottish Youth Theatre is not about producing 'stars' as such; the company's primary concern is with supporting the development of social and creative skills in every young person it reaches.

  • Any other questions?

    If you can't find the answer you're looking for here please email us at info@scottishyouththeatre.org and we'll get back to you with an answer and post it up on the website.

  • What happens in the weekly classes?

    For the younger participants (3-4 years), the classes provide an introduction to drama through games, stories and art activities.  Members are encouraged to develop their self-expression and to explore their imaginations in a fun and lively atmosphere.

    The classes for those between 5-7 years continue the approach of the previous classes but the activities have more emphasis on improvisation, including movement, character and story.

    For those 8-10 and 11-14 years old, the tutor led improvisation and drama games help participants develop skills such as character and narrative development, voice and movement. Participant input is very important and issues of relevance to the participants will inspire much of the group's work.

    We also run a senior workshop for 15-25 year olds, which provides a wide-ranging dramatic experience.  In this class participants concentrate on improvisation.

    Finally, most participants find that the classes are great fun and a good place to meet new friends with similar interests.

  • How long are the classes?

    Each term lasts 10 weeks and there are 3 terms a year.

    Each class varies in length but as a guide:

    • 3-4 years classes last 1 hour.
    • 5-7 years classes last 1 hour 30 minutes.
    • For 8 years and older, classes are 2 hours long.
  • How much are classes?

    From January 2008 classes will cost £100 for drama classes, £75 for singing classes and £50 for dance classes per term.

  • How old do I have to be to join a class?

    In Glasgow we hold classes for the following age groups:

    • 3-4 year olds
    • 5-7 year olds
    • 8-10 year olds
    • 11-14 year olds
    • 15-25 year olds

    In Edinburgh we hold classes for the following age groups:

    • 3-4 year olds
    • 5-7 year olds
    • 8-10 year olds
    • 11-14 year olds
    • 15-25 year olds

    In Aberdeen we hold classes for the following age groups:

    • 6-8 year olds
    • 9-12 year olds
    • 13-14 year olds
    • 15-25 year olds

    We take the age of the participant on the first day of the term to determine which class he/she will be eligible for.

  • How do I apply for classes?

    As you can imagine, our classes are very popular and spaces are limited so the best way to apply is to join the Interest List. This means we will contact you in advance of the following term.  We operate on a first come, first served basis, so it helps if you get your reply to us a soon as possible. 

    If you are on our participants list, you will receive an application form and also receive information on Scottish Youth Theatre activities and our newsletter throughout the year.

    If you would like to join the Interest List please telephone the office on 0141 552 3988 or click here.

  • Can my friends and family come and see me perform?

    At the end of each term there is an opportunity for friends and family to watch participants take part in a 'sharing'. A 'sharing' is a devised piece which will give the audience a taster of what the participants have been working on in their classes. The sharing usually happens in the last 15-20 minutes of the final class in term.

  • How do I pay for classes?

    Fees can be paid in a number of ways, including cheque, postal order, standing order and credit and debit card. Cash can also be accepted if paying in person.


  • What is the Summer Festival?

    Summer Festival takes place over July and August of each year. Summer Festival provides a variety of theatre arts courses for young people aged between 8 and 21 at different locations throughout Scotland. There are both residential and non-residential courses which last for one, two, three or five weeks and provide activities to suit the various skills and needs of the young people taking part. All courses culminate in a performance in a professional theatre.

    The Summer Festival involves several public productions at main house theatres in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen

  • What happens during the course?

    An average day on Foundation Course runs from 9.30am to 6pm although this can vary depending on each group and what they have achieved during the day.  The 3 Week Intermediate Course and 5 week Performance and Production Course runs between 9.30am to 9pm.  There is a mid morning, mid afternoon and a lunch break. The Junior Course runs from approx 9.30am to 5pm.

    Some days may finish later depending on rehearsals or a technical run through.

  • What happens if there isn't a Scottish Youth Theatre group near me?

    Every autumn, the company embarks on a Roadshow across the whole of Scotland for six weeks, visiting schools and youth community groups.  Up to 40 participants from each venue take part in a fun drama workshop and learn about the theatre arts opportunities available to them.

    To find out more information about the roadshow at a venue near you, click here. If you think your school or group might like to take part in a roadshow event next year why not pass on our details, or get in touch on by emailing info@scottishyouththeatre.org

    Summer Festival courses are held in different areas of the country.  We offer residential options for our Glasgow Foundation Course. Our 3 week Intermediate Course also has a residential option.  We also hold a five-week Production and Performance course for 16-21 year olds in Glasgow. This will not be a residential course although recommended residences will be suggested.

  • Are there any evening events?

    Although it does not apply to all courses, there are sometimes evening activities organised such as games, a Civic Reception or a Stars in Their Eyes competition.  On the 5 week Performance and Production Course and the 3 week Intermediate Course there will be rehearsals most evenings.

  • How much money should I bring with me?

    The participant will need lunch money and general spending money.

    For residential courses a breakfast and evening meal is included within the residential fee.

  • What happens at the end of Summer Festival?

    This depends on which course you have been on.

    At the end of the  Junior Courses, Foundation Courses and Specialised Skills courses there is an opportunity for friends and family to watch participants take part in a 'sharing' and to come and see what participants have been working on throughout the course.

    The 5 Week Performance and Production Course and the 3 week Intermediate Course culminates in professionally staged performances for a public audience.

    Participants of 2008's Performance and Production performed and worked behind the scenes one of three productions, Oh! What a Lovely War, Hero (devised by the company) and Geordie.

  • What care is provided for the participants during the Summer Festival?

    The Scottish Youth Theatre residential staff provide pastoral care and are responsible for the participants on residential courses. They are the first port of call if there are any problems or queries. The staff stay in the residence with the participants and accompany them to their workshop rehearsals and performances. For non residential participants there are plenty of staff around during the day.

  • Is it possible to stay at the accommodation the day before the course starts?

    As the course starts on a Monday, participants who are travelling a long way may want to stay in the residence the night before. We will send you information on booking this nearer the start of the course.

  • Is it possible to leave after the performance/ the final day of the course?

    At the end of the course the participants take part in a performance they have been working on throughout the course. Parents and guardians can book tickets for this public performance. The participant may return with them afterwards if they wish although the parent / guardian will need to sign them out of the residential staff care. If you would like to do this, please let us know by calling the SYT office on 0141 552 3988.

  • Is transport provided?

    Bus transport will be provided between the residence and the venue. If the destination is within walking distance such as rehearsal space, Scottish Youth Theatre staff will accompany the participants en route

 

 

 

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The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, Glasgow, G1 1TF

t: 0141 552 3988
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