It’s not long until Interchange 2019, Scotland’s biennial training event for those who use drama and theatre in their work with young people, takes place in Perth. Vikki Doig, Learning and Engagement Manager at Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, takes a look at the programme:
“With only two and a half weeks to go until Interchange kicks off in Perth, we thought it would be the perfect time to give you a wee preview of what we’re most excited about in the programme this year.
And, let’s be honest, what’s not to love?
Firstly, our biennial training event will be housed in all the nooks and crannies of the glorious Perth Theatre. Have you ever been to a workshop in a cranny? Well, you should! If you haven’t been to the theatre since its refurbishment – or ever – imagine this: the building will be abuzz with ideas and excitement and hilarity over those three days in March. You really should do yourself a favour and get down there (we don’t want you getting a bad case of FOMO or anything…).
I’m personally really excited to welcome Dave Kelman to Interchange who is coming all the way from Australia! (Fun fact – Dave actually grew up in Aberdeenshire but has been based in Australia for many years). He’s a powerful and inspiring practitioner/director with bucketloads of experience in education, youth arts and research, so getting some facetime with him is a total luxury. In his Lab Residency, Epic Dreaming: making classic stories intimate and contemporary, Dave will share his experience of reimagining classic texts with diverse communities in Melbourne. People lucky enough to get a place in The Lab will also have a chance to unpack and rework three classic stories over the weekend – King Lear, The Iliad and Pictish stone art. I’m intrigued – aren’t you? Dave Kelman
The rest of the programme of masterclasses and workshops is just as rich and exciting. On Saturday, I’m excited to see what really does happen when you put a storyteller and a fundraiser in a room together and ask them to co-deliver a masterclass. I have no doubt that Truffle Pig and the Village Storytelling Centre will put the FUN in FUNDRAISING… (I’ll see myself out).
On Sunday, Mischief la Bas’ Angie Dight will bring us an Interactive Theatre masterclass that’s sure to be cracker giving you a chance to explore theatre making practices that not only break the fourth wall but kick them squarely across the room. Bring your coat and boots though as you may well be performing in the high street before the day is through.
We’re so lucky to have such high calibre artists leading the workshop sessions this year. Emma Jayne Park, Artistic Director of Cultured Mongrel, will provide a space for us to talk about mental health, and how to keep ourselves, our young people and our audiences safe.
Vocalist Bex Mather will help us find our voice – literally – and open our minds and our ears to the potential for creatively using voice in theatre. Jenny Lindsay is a poet, performer, and promoter of all things spoken word who will help us find our inner poet and will guide us in using our words for protest, activism and to write about important and relevant topics that need to be heard. Perth’s own Lauren Oakes will share her skills in leading drama projects for young people with autism, reflecting on her experience working with Scotland’s first youth theatre exclusively for young people with autism. It’s a really strong and diverse line-up that we hope will give you opportunities to hear some really interesting professionals sharing their work which can inspire your own creative practice.
With so much going on over the weekend, it’s comforting to know that YTAS is looking after your wellbeing too. So if you’re a morning person – or if you want to pretend that you are – then you won’t want to miss our Wake Me Up Yoga sessions bright and early on Saturday and Sunday. Start with yoga, finish with wine – the way every good day should!
Well, we hope this post has suitably whet your appetite for an exciting and busy weekend. If you’ve already booked your place, we can’t wait to see you there! But if you haven’t – what are you waiting for?”
Interchange takes place at Perth Theatre on 15-17 March 2019. Find out full information and book your place at www.ytas.org.uk/opportunities-for-professionals/interchange.