Scottish Youth Theatre’s prestigious Summer Festival to land in Dumfries this summer.
Dumfries is set to welcome young drama enthusiasts aged 8-25 from across the country and beyond for Scottish Youth Theatre’s flagship Summer Festival 2014.
Now in its 38th year, Summer Festival is a series of intensive performance courses offering young people a professional theatre experience. The options range from one to six week courses, from performance to technical theatre.
From 3 July to 14 August, Dumfries will host four courses which will form the cast and crew of a brand new production of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, adapted and directed by Scottish Youth Theatre’s Artistic Director Mary McCluskey. This highly entertaining and engaging production brings Barrie’s beloved story back to the town it was originally conceived.
Mary said: “Scottish Youth Theatre is delighted to be bringing Summer Festival 2014 to Dumfries and Galloway. The region has become a hot bed of creativity in recent years, nurturing a broad spectrum of arts activities. Scottish Youth Theatre is pleased to be adding to the development of youth theatre arts, in collaboration with local organisations.”
Summer Festival 2014 is produced in association with Electric Theatre Workshop. Graham Main, Artistic Director of Electric Theatre Workshop, said: “Electric Theatre Workshop is delighted to be welcoming Scottish Youth Theatre to Dumfries this summer, and it shows that national organisations are wanting to be part of the creative revolution which is transforming South Scotland at the moment”.
Courses available: SQA credit rated Performance and Production Leaning Programme (SCQF level 7, 29 credit points, 6 weeks, ages 16-25), Performance and Production Course (5 weeks, ages 16-25), Technical Theatre (5 weeks, ages 16-25), Intermediate Ensemble Course (3 weeks, ages 14-18). Courses for younger age groups will be offered in the greater Dumfries and Galloway area as well.
In order to give young people interested in taking part a fun and exciting taster and a chance to find out more, Scottish Youth Theatre is offering free drama workshops to schools in the area, starting from 17 March and for three weeks.
Applications for Summer Festival 2014 are now open. Young people can apply by visiting www.scottishyouththeatre.org or for more information call 0141 552 3988. Closing date for applications is Friday 11 April.