Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Daily Blogger #2: Rory Beaton

Hi I’m Rory, I’m 17 and I’m from Aboyne.
This Summer Festival I’m on the Technical Theatre Course and I’m the Technical ASM (assistant stage manager) on the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
My favourite performer would have to be Katy Perry. 

In the movie of my life I think Jackie Chan would be the best actor to play me.

People should come to my show because it’s something completely different. The performance is a promenade AND outside which means that the audience follow the action on foot. From what I’ve seen in rehearsals so far this really helps the action and is uber exciting! It’s a challenging show to work on and there’s lots of different possible problems to watch out for – like the rain! Hope to see y’all there! J RB x

Friday, 6 July 2012

Daily Blogger 1: Sean O'Brien

The first daily blog of #SF12 is here!

Hi, my name's Sean, I'm 16. I'm in the SF 12 production of  'A Midsummer Nights Dream' playing the part of Demetrius. 

Today in rehearsals we did a full read-through of the play, and then after lunch we worked on our characters and their relationships with the other characters in the play, which I really enjoyed and found incredibly useful.

I don’t really know who my favourite actor is, there are just so many. But my favourite performer would definitely be Matt Bellamy of Muse, he’s just so talented.

If I could play any role in any film, it would definately be Batman. It would be so good!


I think people should come see my show as it will be really interesting to watch as it’s a promenade performance, and I think it will be really different to any previous Summer Festival show!

Summer Festival is just really great and with the new 6 week course I feel like I'm learning so much, and that it will definitely help me with a career in acting.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Media Release - Summer Season at SYT

The summer season - with something for every age - gets underway at SYT

Drama enthusiasts from across Scotland descended on The Old Sheriff Court (Scottish Youth Theatre h.q) this week to begin intensive rehearsals for the annual Summer Festival. The five week Performance and Production course will see participants rehearse six days a week for up to twelve hours, take part in master classes led by industry professionals and perform in large scale productions open to public audiences.

After focussing on all things horror last year, Summer Festival 2012 will this year focus on all things Shakespeare whilst incorporating dynamic and contemporary twists to the bard’s classical works.
“2012 is the World Festival of Shakespeare so we wanted to acknowledge this and at the same time put a unique spin on things” says SYT Artistic Director Mary McCluskey.

The main house productions this year include Twelfth Night at the Tron Theatre Glasgow; A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of the Fringe at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and a devised production ‘An Eye For An Eye’, based on the blood bath that is Titus Andronicus, at the Brian Cox Studio at Scottish Youth Theatre.

This year’s Festival sees the inclusion of the new Performance and Production Learning Programme, a six week course that boasts SQA and SCQF accreditation.

Fraser MacLeod, Associate Artistic Director explains why this is such a significant move for the organisation: “This is a major step forward for Scottish Youth Theatre. The work we deliver has been officially recognised as offering educational merit and the young people that take part in the course will now, on completion, have a tangible qualification to show for it”.

During the summer months when everyone else normally take the opportunity to relax and wind down, Scotland’s national theatre ‘for&by’ young people are at their busiest. Just last week, SYT Productions (SYT’s in-house performance group) toured new play ‘The Weegie Board – A West Of Scotland Ghost Story’ to London as part of the Cultural Olympiad. The spine chilling tale about a group of friends meddling in the occult went down a storm with teenagers.

The other end of the age spectrum is also well catered for with SYT’s hugely popular Family Storytime sessions going out on tour around shopping malls in Scotland in conjunction with the Daily Record’s ‘Big Read’ tour. These interactive story telling sessions are tailored for 3-7’s and the whole family, encouraging audiences to get involved, bring their imaginations and become part of the story.

“When the Daily Record approached us to be involved in the Big Read, we couldn’t turn it down, it was just a perfect match” comments Associate Director for Early Years Karen McGrady-Parker. “The first weekend in Stirling was a huge success with audiences at the Thistle Centre and we’ll be out on tour at shopping centres around Scotland for the next month so there’s plenty of opportunity for families to catch a performance”.

Full info on all Scottish Youth Theatre events, performances and activities available at

Monday, 2 July 2012

SF 12 - Twisted Shakespeare is go!

After much anticipation, planning and general waiting for July to come around, Summer Festival 2012 'Twisted Shakespeare' is finally upon us.

On Thursday of last week, participants on the six week Performance and Production Learning Programme, began a series of master classes. Today they were joined by participants of the five week Performance and Production Course - signifying that rehearsals are already under way and that the countdown to opening night! The three week Intermediate Course participants will began rehearsals on Monday 16th July.

As ever, SF aims to CREATE wonderful theatre, enable participants to not only IMAGINE but realise exactly what it is they are capable of and INSPIRE absolutely everyone involved: audiences, staff and participants alike. This year's strong programme is set to do all of the above and more.

  • Twelfth Night: Tron Theatre Glasgow, directed by Mary McCluskey
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream: Royal Botanic Gardens, directed by Fraser MacLeod. Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • An Eye For An Eye: a new devised production inspired by Titus Andronicus, directed by Lisa Gregan 

In addition to rehearsing for and appearing in the main house productions, Twisted Shakespeare will incorporate a series of master classes and skills workshops, a very special performance from SYT Productions of 'The Weegie Board - A West Of Scotland Ghost Story' (just back from a London tour) and A Midsummer Night's Ball themed social event. 

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