National Youth Theatre to perform at Glasgow Commonwealth Games ceremonies

The National Youth Theatre performing the Olympic London 2012 Team Welcome Ceremonies. Photo: Helen Maybanks
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Young performers from the National Youth Theatre are to appear as part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games ceremonies to welcome in the teams.

A cast of 60 NYT members will be involved in the Village Ceremonies, which includes the opening of the athletes’ village, the farewell ceremony and team welcome celebrations.

These will be outdoor performances and will be created by the NYT.

People aged 15 to 25 will be selected from NYT’s social inclusion programme in Glasgow and other areas of the UK that it works in.

In 2012, the NYT performed as part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games welcome ceremonies.

Paul Roseby, artistic director and chief executive of the NYT, said: “We’ll be staging youthful and inventive ceremonies full of spectacle and style that capture the spirit of Glasgow and we’ll get the party started.”

Jill Miller, head of Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme and director of culture at Glasgow Life, said: “The opening ceremony of the athletes’ village will be one of the first experiences for the competitors when they arrive in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.

“The National Youth Theatre is working with young people from Easterhouse [the outreach programme] to deliver innovative and exciting ceremonies which will not only represent the spirit of Glasgow and the Commonwealth Games but will be an unforgettable experience for all those who take part.”