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Project information

National Festival of Youth Theatre (Scotland)

The National Festival of Youth Theatre (NFYT) is a vibrant annual celebration of the creativity and diversity of youth performing arts in Scotland, with participation, collaboration and education at its core.

July 2011 - July 2011

Charity information: Promote YT (Scotland)

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  • Need


    The majority of youth theatres in Scotland work in isolation with exceptionally limited resources, often in rural areas, or areas of social deprivation. The NFYT's purpose is to bring together the young people who make up Scotland's youth theatres to enage and share in a weekend of exciting creative, physical and social development activities.


    The NFYT 2011 will offer over 350 young people from across Scotland (and beyond) the opportunity to meet, create and learn from each other in a vibrant and supportive environment.
    A programme of 18 performances will be supported by a comprehensive access and education package. Workshops and innovative creative projects will be facilitated by leading artists to promote opportunity and develop skills. Local audiences and young people will also be invited to engage.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To deliver an ambitious ACCESS and EDUCATION PROGRAMME which will have a far-reaching impact.


    » Host a DEAF ACCESS PROJECT providing an opportunity for Scotland’s DEAF YOUTH THEATRE to fully integrate and participate in the festival programme.
    » Provide participating young people and youth theatre leaders with the skills and knowledge to communicate better with the deaf and hearing-impaired.
    » Facilitate sign language interpretation of all performances, workshops and events.
    » Provide resource and training material to accompany the festival programme. Make this material accessible to the wider youth theatre sector.

    What success will look like

    The Deaf Youth Theatre's production is staged and viewed. The ability of youth theatres to accommodate those with additional needs, in particular deaf participants, is improved.

    Aim 2

    To showcase a programme of local, national and international youth theatre work.


    » The NFYT will host a diverse programme of 18 performances one of which will be created over the course of the festival weekend by participants.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the profiling, marketing and staging of a diverse programme of 18 performances to an average audience of 250 people per performance.

    Aim 3

    Work with leading artists to deliver creative and practical skills workshops to young people.


    » A supporting programme of 36 dynamic workshops will provide skills not normally available to the young people through their youth theatre activity.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the delivery of 36 workshops which will have provided 360 young people with at least 2 skill-development opportunities.

    Aim 4

    To provide subsidy and support to disadvantaged groups who would otherwise be unable to attend.


    » A bursary scheme will be run to part fund transport, accommodation and participation costs.
    » A support scheme will be run to fully fund transport, accommodation and participation costs.

    What success will look like

    Success will be providing 25% of participating groups with either part or financial support to ensure their attendance at the event.

  • Impact


    The NFYT 2011 will improve the provision of quality youth theatre in Scotland through the platforms and opportunities provided and by profiling the work of youth theatres to wider audiences.
    Groups will be evaluated 6 months after the event to gauge how their participation in the NFYT has impacted their work, with particular emphasis on accessibility. We aim to create and publish a working model to promote the continued inclusion of young people with additional needs in youth theatre activity.


    The risk of not raising the match-funding required to realise the full aspiration for the NFYT 2011 would effect those aspects of the event most beneficial to the young people such as outreach, subsidy, the access and education programme, the networking events and profiling / marketing.
    However, a strong venue partner dictates that we will be able to stage the NFYT, in its most simplest form, should fundraising targets not be met.


    The NFYT 2011 will be heavily recorded . As well as 'live streaming' the event online over the course of the weekend the NFYT 2011 will be subject to a full published report and supporting DVD.
    All donors will also be warmly invited to attend the event to see performances and observe workshops.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £54,300

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,700 Production Venue, production staff, marketing and reporting
      £23,300 Infrastructure Accommodation, catering, staffing,
      £16,300 Deaf Access Project Sign Language Interpretation, deaf awareness training, Deaf Youth Theatre performance costs.
      £5,000 Education Programme Workshop facilitation, support staff, networking events.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    AttFife £3,600 Guaranteed
    Hugh Fraser Foundation £1,000 Guaranteed
    Birkdale Trust for the Hearing Impaired £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The NFYT 2011 will be staged in the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Fife using the local scout campsite in Dalgety Bay (also in Fife) for accommodation. The event has a national remit and aims to attract approximately 20 groups (360 young people) from a regional spread across Scotland as well as 2 international guest groups.


    The event aims to principally benefit the 360 young people engaging from across Scotland (and beyond).
    The event will also engage local and national audiences as well as arts professionals attracted to the event for the associated continued professional development opportunities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Promote YT (Scotland) is the Scottish national organisation for promoting and developing youth performing arts. We have a proven track record of producing projects and events since 2005. This includes the successful staging of National Youth Festival of Youth Theatre each year from 2005 - 2010 in five separate regions of Scotland.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    AttFife (Arts & Theatres Trust Fife) are our event partner and are providing the venue, as well as logisticaland marketing support, in-kind.

    SOLAR BEAR - Incorporating Scotland's DEAF YOUTH THEATRE

    SOLAR BEAR will provide all deaf-awareness training as well as producing the Deaf Youth Theatre's inaugural festival performance.

    The National Theatre Of Scotland

    The NTS will facilitate and provide artistic support in support of GENERATE, a performance project produced over the course of the festival.