Now in its sixth year, Symposium is a vital hub for consultation, discussion and networking. Annually attended by around 100 delegates, it is an opportunity for everyone who cares about youth theatre arts – including our young people themselves – to come together to celebrate achievements, learn about opportunities and help shape the future of Scotland’s Youth Theatre provision.
The theme of the 2016 Symposium was ‘Homegrown’. During the day we explored the growth of young people’s voice in contemporary productions and the opportunities presented by ‘growing your own’ young leaders through regional activity. The day included a national update from Youth Theatre Arts Scotland CEO, Kenny McGlashan, as well as Creative Scotland’s Time to Shine Programme Manager, Colin Bradie. There were also a series of discussion groups throughout the day designed to evolve and inspire a united sector.
Delegates were able to invite up to two young people (aged 16+) from their organisation to take part in the ‘Youth Symposium’ pathway at the event. In 2016, the Youth Symposium was specifically designed for young facilitators and youth theatre assistants from groups around the country. As always, we held the Symposium ‘Shout Out’. These fun and fast-paced 2-minute slots allowed delegates to tell us about their youth theatre activity in their region. After the event all Symposium delegates were invited to join us for the launch reception of the Chrysalis festival at the Traverse Theatre.
Keynote, Julia Taudevin, 2016
Shout Outs, 2016
Click on the ‘Vimeo’ link and then the time codes listed in the description to jump to specific Shout Outs.
Breakout Group Notes
Sector Update 2016
Time To Shine Update
2016 Speakers and facilitators
Julia Taudevin is a performer, playwright and theatre maker. Her explosive guerilla-gig-theatre production Blow Off in 2016 was ‘one of the most memorable shows of the year’ (Scotsman) when it premiered at the Traverse during the Fringe.
Julia has since been highlighted as ‘one of the most exciting forces in Scottish theatre’ and ‘part of a younger generation of theatre artists who tap into their concerns to produce new forms of radicalism that applies to form as well as content’ (Herald).
Julia will present a provocation at the Symposium based on the ideas, issues and rage which sparks her work into life. At a time of considerable social change Julia will help us consider the role that young people’s voice has in contemporary productions as well as being Scotland’s agents for change.
Julia’s other credits include: co-director of Beats by Kieran Hurley (winner CATS Best New Play 2012) and Hitch (nominated CATS best New Play 2011), performing with the National Theatre in London, NTS, Traverse and ThickSkin and her screen work includes Katy Morag (CBBC), The Glasgow Girls (BBC)and the feature film Sunshine On Leith.
Lewis Hetherington is a Playwright and Theatre Maker whose work is rooted in collaboration and storytelling. His work has been produced throughout the UK and internationally. Lewis wrote and directed ‘The Island’ with the Platform Young Company which features as part of the 2016 Chrysalis festival.
Lewis will speak on a panel at the Symposium which explores the growth of young people’s voice in contemporary productions and the opportunities presented by ‘growing your own’ young leaders through regional activity.
Lewis other writing credits include: 5 (National Youth Theatre), Friends Electric (Visible Fictions), Secret Life of Suitcases (Unicorn), Cloud Man (created with Ailie Cohen), the Fringe First winning 2401 Objects (a co production with Oldenburg Staatstheater), Leaving Planet Earth (for Grid Iron and the Edinburgh International Festival) and Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks (Platform). Lewis’ work is published by Oberon.
Martin O’Connor is a performer, writer and theatre maker from Glasgow. He creates text based performance, participation projects and spoken word. He has been the Writer in Residence with Firefly Arts and is the current director of the Tron Theatre Young Company, where he wrote Sheep, which features as part of the 2016 Chrysalis festival.
Martin will speak on a panel at the Symposium which explores the growth of young people’s voice in contemporary productions and the opportunities presented by ‘growing your own’ young leaders through regional activity.
Martin’s other theatre and writing credits include: Theology (The Arches), The Pokey Hat (Grinagaog/Culture 2014), Playing Houses (Glasgay), Daniel (Tron Theatre Lab) and The Nation//Live: Work (National Galleries of Scotland/Visible Fictions). Martin recently completed his Master of Arts in Education, specialising in Equality and Diversity.
Chris is a playwright, director and author based in Greenock. His work has been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and venues around Glasgow, including The Tron Theatre.
Chris took part in Scottish Youth Theatre’s Young Writers programme and then became one of YTAS Young Arts Leaders in 2015. Following this Chris established Toasted Fiction, publishing his own short stories, and the Creative Labs in Inverclyde, a programme for young writers in partnership with the Beacon.
Chris will speak on a panel at the Symposium which explores the growth of young people’s voice in contemporary productions and the opportunities presented by ‘growing your own’ young leaders through regional activity.
Colin is the Programme Manager at Creative Scotland for Time To Shine. He was seconded from YTAS in 2013 to work with Creative Scotland on the design of the implementation programme for Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy. Colin later took on the full-time roll managing the national programme delivery of the strategy and its connected funding streams through to 2016.
Colin will provide an update at the Symposium on the next steps for Time To Shine along with the highlights and opportunities for youth theatre in Scotland during the implementation phase and years ahead for the strategy.
Jacky joined Scottish Youth Theatre as their new Chief Executive in April 2016. Her career has always focused on using the arts to create opportunities for individuals to thrive, most significantly in youth theatre settings and also in a wide range of community and education contexts. Jacky was previously the Artistic Director at Burnley Youth Theatre, Co-Chair of the National Association of Youth Theatres in England, and then Creative Learning Manager for Aberdeen City Council.
Jacky will host one of the Breakout sessions at the Symposium discussing ‘What would it take to make Scotland the world leader in Youth Theatre provision?’
Peter is a Glasgow-based performer, director and facilitator. He makes performance for a range of audiences and contexts, including performances and projects for (and with) young people. He believes strongly in the potential for art to empower people and for theatre in particular to provide a space in which social values and expectations become fluid and new possibilities can emerge.
Pete will host one of the Breakout sessions at the Symposium discussing ‘What are the priorities in a sector-wide Action Plan for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion?’
Gillian is the Learning and Outreach Manager at the National Theatre of Scotland and has been a Director on the Board of YTAS since 2013. She has been involved in participatory theatre since 1998, running the Learning and Outreach departments of Borderline and Tron Theatre before taking up her current post for The National Theatre of Scotland in 2005.
Gillian will host one of the Breakout sessions at the Symposium discussing ‘What support should YTAS prioritise to help groups embed the new Membership Values?’
Lisa Thompson and Colleen Garrett
Lisa and Colleen are practitioners based in Edinburgh and North Ayrshire. They first met when Colleen was part of YTAS Young Arts Leaders programme in 2015 and Lisa was sharing key facilitation skills from over several years as a professional practitioner. Colleen has since gone on to secure regional funding and establish a dynamic new young company in North Ayrshire for 16-25s call Fresh Faced.
Lisa and Colleen will host the Youth Symposium for 16+ young facilitators and youth theatre assistants from groups around the country.