National Convention of Youth Drama

For everyone who uses drama and theatre in their work with young people.
Friday 23 & Saturday 24 March 2018.
Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling.
Bookings open January 2018.
YTAS Members £75-£140, Under 25s £60-£100, Non-members £95-£180.

In 2018 Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, in partnership with Macrobert Arts Centre, will present Scotland’s first ever National Convention of Youth Drama – an inspiring, engaging and inclusive meeting place for everyone who uses drama and theatre in their work with young people.

Over two days in March 2018, a diverse offering of workshops, keynote speeches, panel discussions, presentations, surgeries and master classes will explore the role that drama and theatre has to play in enriching young lives. The Convention’s overall programme will encompass four focus areas:

ARTISTIC Drama and youth theatre as an art form
EDUCATION Drama and theatre in formal education
COMMUNITY Drama and theatre in a youth work or community setting
PATHWAYS From school to a working life in the arts

With the aim of encouraging a national conversation, and offering a rich opportunity for learning, sharing and networking, the National Convention of Youth Drama will adopt a cross-sector approach, bringing together acclaimed drama and youth work practitioners, theatre professionals, educationalists, researchers and young people.

 It will cater for:

  • Drama workshop leaders and assistants (voluntary and professional)
  • Primary and secondary drama teachers
  • Youth workers and community learning professionals
  • Theatre practitioners
  • Further and higher education students of drama, teaching or the performing arts

 Delegate fees:

Under 25s/


Friday £60 £75 £95
Saturday £40 £65 £85
2 days* £100 £140 £180

*Bursaries will be available on application when bookings open in January 2018.

Call-out for Convention Proposals

We are delighted open invitations for delegates to host short sessions and contribute your voice to the event.  We’re looking for proposals from individuals, organisations or schools (YTAS members and non-members alike) to share knowledge or an area of practice, relating to one or more of the four strands listed above, that you’re passionate about, expert in, or simply keen to discuss with your peers. We will select up to nine 15-minute sessions to be delivered on Friday 23 March 2018 and the deadline for submissions is Mon 6 November 2017.

Download full information and the application form


Workshop Notes from Interchange 2017

Caitlin Skinner

Kirsten McCrossan

Ali de Souza

Rachel O’Neil

Mike Webster and David Hunter

Nicola McCartney