As part of our #PlayaLeadRole Kickstarter fundraising appeal, we’ve been asking young people to tell us what impact youth theatre has had on their lives. Jack Elvey, the bow tie wearer from our Kickstarter video and a former Aberdeen Performing Arts youth theatre member, updates us on his progress:
I will always look back on deciding to join my local youth theatre company as one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) gave me such an exciting head start into what will hopefully be a successful and fulfilling acting career. With APA I’ve been lucky enough to have been given incredible opportunities.
One such of these would, of course, be the National Festival of Youth Theatre (NFYT). Where would I be without this amazing experience? I have no idea, but I am certain that it’s because of NFYT that I’ve developed so much socially and as a confident performer.
Since attending NFYT in 2016 (my last year as a member of APA youth theatre) I’ve completed my final year studying Acting and Performance at HND level, and I’m currently working on a move to Edinburgh or Glasgow to pursue a professional acting career. I don’t think I’d have the confidence for such a daunting step without my achievements with APA and NFYT, and the support from the people I’ve met.
I am also extremely delighted to return to NFYT this year as an Amigo (who help to deliver the festival) and look forward to hopefully working with YTAS again in the future.
You can play a lead role in transforming young lives by backing Scotland’s National Festival of Youth Theatre 2017 at www.kickstarter.com until 23 June 2017.