Talented Scottish company selected for Re:LOCATION 2012! (14/06/2012)
After a round of rigorous auditions open to all youth theatres in Scotland, a group of the most talented and creative young people from across the country have been chosen to represent Scotland this summer at RE:LOCATION 2012, a pioneering International Youth Theatre event held in Stavanger, Norway this August.
(Photo: Neil Thomas Douglas)
The creation of the Scottish Company is a collaborative artistic project led by Promote YT (Scotland) in partnership with leading theatre company Visible Fictions and the National Theatre of Scotland, with investment from Creative Scotland.
The RE:LOCATION 2012 Scottish Company:
|Myfanwy Morgan||Eden Court Creative – Caithness Young Company||Thurso|
|Rosalind Watt||Mitchell School of Drama||Inverurie|
|Mark Hannah||Creative Electric||Edinburgh|
|Harry Smart||Lyceum YT||Edinburgh|
|Paul Barnes||Eden Court Creative – Lochaber YT||Lochaber|
|Jasmine Main||Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre||Glasgow|
Meeting for the first time on Saturday 9 June the group began the process of creating an ambitious new piece of theatre, which will showcase the best of young acting and theatre-making talent from Scotland on a major international platform.
Hosted by Rogaland Theatre, Norway, RE:LOCATION 2012 is a new International Youth Theatre Project designed to celebrate excellence in performing arts. Scotland is privileged to be one of only six nations invited to participate and is proud to be recognised as a leading nation in youth theatre arts in the Year of Creative Scotland.
David MacDonald, Youth Arts Manager, Creative Scotland said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for the eight talented young people to collaborate with their peers from other nations and a great introduction to a professional career in theatre and the performing arts. Working with highly skilled theatre professionals in Scotland and then performing a new work in Stavanger, Norway, will be a life-changing experience for each of them."
Colin Bradie, CEO/Director, Promote YT (Scotland) said: “With over 80 youth theatres engaging 14,000 young people in positive creative activity each week youth theatre is very much alive and well in Scotland. Our invitation to participate in RE:LOCATION represents an amazing opportunity to showcase Scotland’s talents internationally and we, along with our partners, are delighted to put together a company of 8 exceptional young theatre makers to fly our flag in Norway this summer. It will be an exceptional experience for them.”
This is a unique opportunity not only for the young people chosen, but also for the youth theatre sector of Scotland to benefit from sharing skills, ideas and inspiration with young people from across Europe. You can watch the journey of the Scottish Company unfold online during the next three months, from creating a new piece of theatre, to performances at the National Festival of Youth Theatre 2012 in Glenrothes, Fife, and at RE:LOCATION 2012, Norway.
Paul Gorman, RE:LOCATION Lead Artist and Head of Education and Participation at Visible Fictions said: “Now that the young company have been assembled I am really excited to see the creativity of this eclectic group. The opportunity for the young company to perform on an international stage will not only develop them as individuals but also present the best Scotland has to offer. I can’t wait to begin the adventure.”
Gillian Gourlay, Learning and Outreach Manager at the National Theatre of Scotland said:
"This is a great opportunity to showcase the vast, young talent of Scotland's ever evolving youth theatre sector on an international stage as well as at home and National Theatre of Scotland are proud to be partners on such a unique project such as RE:LOCATION. We couldn't have asked for a more diverse, talented and geographically spread young company to represent Scotland in Norway".
To keep up with the unfolding story and the project follow RELOCATION 2012 Scottish Company on Facebook, on Twitter #RESCOT2012, and on the Promote YT website.
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