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Scottish Youth Theatre to launch national ensemble

Scottish Youth Theatre's ForbIDden. Photo: Robin Mitchell Scottish Youth Theatre's ForbIDden. Photo: Robin Mitchell
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Glasgow-based Scottish Youth Theatre is creating a national ensemble as part of its 40th-anniversary celebrations.

Entry to the ensemble will be by open auditions, to be held in eight venues across Scotland in January and February 2017. Anyone aged 16 to 25 who lives, works or studies in Scotland – or whose parents live in the country – is eligible to register for an audition.

There will be no participation fee for the ensemble, which will be paid for out of SYT’s core funding from Creative Scotland. Recruitment will be based purely on a performer’s ability and commitment.

Once recruited, the ensemble will undertake development sessions across Scotland, working with professional theatremakers. Its first full-scale production will be in September 2017, with the possibility of more informal productions after the development sessions.

SYT’s artistic director, Mary McCluskey, said that the company will ensure participants work at the highest level, “collaborating with some of the most influential practitioners and performers working in Scottish theatre”.

She said: “The national ensemble is something we have wanted to do for quite some time. It is an example of our commitment to giving talented young people the opportunity to challenge and develop their theatre skills.

“They will also have the opportunity to gain a formal qualification, which will aid them in accessing further education and industry work.”

Scottish Youth Theatre National Ensemble registration forms can be downloaded from Scottish Youth Theatre’s website.

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