National Festival of Youth Theatre

The UK’s largest gathering of youth theatres.
July 2019

The largest gathering of youth theatres in the UK.

“One word – fabulous!” NFYT participant

The National Festival of Youth Theatre (NFYT) will return to Ayr in July 2019 as it becomes a biennial event. Making this change will help YTAS ensure we can continue to deliver events like NFYT at the scale and standard expected.  It will also allow us to continue providing the year-round support, development and opportunities we also offer Scotland’s young theatre makers and their leaders with events like the National Convention of Youth Drama, Chrysalis and Managers Forums.

NFYT is a unique and life-changing event. Over one weekend around 200 young people aged 14+ will bring the town alive in an explosion of creative talent. This celebration of youth performing arts will see these amazing young theatre-makers stage their own plays at the historic Gaiety Theatre, learn new skills in artistic workshops, show-off their talents on the open mic stage and camp all together in the beautiful Rozelle Park.

Festival participants come from all across Scotland and beyond, and from very different backgrounds. Whatever their personal circumstances, NFYT offers them a safe and supportive place to come together, share their passion for theatre and make new, life-long friends.

 With an emphasis on inclusion, education and collaboration, the event removes barriers, teaches valuable life skills and provides extraordinary new experiences.

Full festival information and booking details will be available in autumn 2018.

What is NFYT?

Kenny McGlashan, CEO of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, explains the National Festival of Youth Theatre.