A Brief Snapshot: The Showcase


©APA Youth Theatre
©APA Youth Theatre

We’ll slowly be revealing more details on the National Festival of Youth Theatre ’16 (NFYT), so you’ll have lots to keep you interested until the big event. Make sure to keep checking our Facebook and Twitter pages for any updates and news.


As part of the festival, some youth theatres apply to devise and put on a performance. The first of these we’re raising the curtain on is:


APA Youth Theatre | It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To!

With a cast of 20, APA Youth Theatre from Aberdeen have devised and rehearsed a coming-of-age story. Move over Catcher in the Rye – you’ve grown stale.

APA Youth Theatre is made up of young people aged 5-18, but takes pride in conducting and running themselves with the same ethos of a professional company. They work with professional theatre artists in a supportive environment, and in addition to the weekly drama class, provide opportunities to get involved in other projects. Their young actors have performed nationally and internationally, from San Francisco to Stavanger.

Their play for NFYT ’16 considers the blissful ignorance of the pre-teen years, free from uncertainty, and full only of excitement for firsts:

First year in big school, first kiss, first ‘relationship’, first shave.
At 12, it is easy to feel such certainty in oneself, and in the world. At 12 it’s easy to imagine that your primary seven buddies will be by your side forever. But something changes after the age of 12, and without your knowing it, you look back and realise, the world will never again appear in the same oh so simple light.

Find out more about APA Youth Theatre


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