Project information

Byre Youth Performance Programme

To establish a new Youth Dance and Theatre Performance group at the Byre Theatre aimed at 16 - 21 year olds. To create a challenging platform for talented young performers to work with professional choreographers and theatre makers. A key introduction to professional arts.

January 2012 - December 2013

Charity information

The Byre Theatre of St Andrews Ltd

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  • Need


    To provide young people with dance and theatre making experience and access to professionals to assist them making decisions about their future training in the arts.
    To provide valuable support and an introduction to the discipline of creating dance and theatre, creative and social skills and increasing levels of self confidence particularly in a challenging climate of limited further and higher education places, increased costs of education and high youth unemployment.


    To provide professional creative support, and open access for vulnerable young people who experience disadvantage through limited opportunities that exist in rural Fife, exacerbated by the current recession and funding cuts to arts charities and bodies like The Byre Theatre and many others.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a senior youth dance performance group for 16 - 21 year olds.


    » To establish a weekly performance group led by professional dancers and choreographers
    » To provide intensive residency weeks for dance and theatre with guest companies and choreographers of the highest calibre to inspire all.
    » To present the young people's work in a professional venue and celebrate and share their achievements.

    Success will be...the creation of the group, the establishment of an exciting and challenging programme, creative residencies with professional artists and the creation of new work

    Aim 2

    To support creative learning and skills of young people


    » Promote these opportunities across widest Fife particularly the difficult to reach groups
    » Work in partnership with local dance and drama groups, Fife Schools, colleges and St Andrews University to reach as many young people that can benefit

    Success will be...Young performers thriving as a result, making informed choices about how they progress, confidently creating and performing as an ensemble

    Aim 3

    To provide young people with informative experience and skills that will help them in the future


    » provide a year round programme of challenging and supported creative content, motivational choreographers and theatre makers

    Success will be...a series of creative residencies and the presentation of new work throughout the year, and helping young people make their next step in their career/learning

  • Impact


    Opening doors to the arts, allowing young people from all backgrounds to
    develop and fully realise their creative potential and talents within a challenging back drop of limited opportunities and serious financial cuts to arts provision, improved fitness and well being of young people, creating role models for the future and nurturing a new generation of dancers and performers


    Lack of revenue and project funding support is always a risk in the current climate. The Byre has approached a series of grant making bodies to assist with this initiative and feel that this type of youth focused programme will also win the support of the wider public as The Byre actively nurtures and develops young people through our work and for which the theatre enjoys an established track record.


    The Byre will invite donors to follow the growth of the groups and share in their success through live performance, digital footage, and evaluation and feedback from the participants ad project artists.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £32,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 artist residency fees costs of three company residencies @£5k per full week travel/accom/fees
      £6,000 lead artists fees to lead weekly dance and theatre performance sessions
      £3,000 production costs production costs for the year long project
      £3,500 project co-ordination administration costs for year/evaluation
      £2,500 materials materials, lighting, costumes for peformances
      £2,000 marketing/print recruitment and promotion of residencies and performances

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    BBC Performing Arts Fund £5,000 Guaranteed
    The Robertson trust £3,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project will take place at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews but will draw young people from across Fife region.


    The project will benefit up to 30 young dancers and 30 young theatre makers and performers each year. The project will also directly benefit the arts industry supporting emerging artists and companies to share their expertise and creative vision with aspiring young performers. The wider community will benefit through access to a rich programme of youth performance presented on stage at the Byre Theatre. It is important that young people's work receives a platform to showcase its diversity.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Byre Theatre has a track record supporting arts participation in Scotland and in Fife. We have significant access to artists and companies of the highest calibre who share our commitment to providing inspirational
    experiences and opportunities for the younger generation. The Byre is recognised for innovative programming
    and the quality of our education and outreach programmes particularly
    reaching out to vulnerable young people across Fife. The Byre is the lead cultural agent in Fife.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jacqueline McKay

    The Chief Executive of The Byre Theatre has a proven background in producing education and performance programmes of the highest calibre for all ages

    Lauren Bianchi

    The Byre's Education and OUtreach Officer is a committed arts professional who is an experienced project manager and artistic collaborator.

    Various Choreographers And Companies With National Uk And International Reputations .

    To deliver innovatory creative residencies, to make new work with the youth groups, motivate and provide role models.

Byre Youth Dance Residency with Errol White

Byre Youth Dance Residency with Errol White


Supports a creative workshop for young people

My girls participated … as this was an excellent opportunity to work with a well-known dancer & have a chance to perform. They both enjoyed it.

Parent of two dance workshop particpants