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Phased Renewal: Youth Theatre Performances and Events

By Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and the SRWG

Welcome to the Phased Renewal of Youth Theatre Activities toolkit! This toolkit provides an overview of the key areas that local groups should use to plan their activities in line with the Scottish Government’s Strategic Framework.  The guidance will continue to be updated in the weeks and months ahead.

We recommend starting with Youthlink’s FAQs and Youth Scotland’s Readiness Guide then reviewing the other resources in this Toolkit for youth theatre specific considerations and some handy links and examples.

The toolkit has been a collaborative effort by the YTAS  Sector Recovery Working Group (SRWG), established since June 2020. Youth theatre leaders from across Scotland have helped to identify what youth theatre groups need to deliver in line with Scottish Government guidelines, as the country recovers from the impact of COVID-19.

For further support information and resources you can also look at YTAS’s COVID-19: Youth Theatre Sector Guidance Toolkit.

Online performance

  • There have been some great examples of online performance work that groups have done. Take a look at YTAS’s list of links that show How the youth theatre sector is responding to find out more.
  • You can also hear from some of the leaders doing this work right now on YTAS’s ‘Spotlight on the Sector’ podcast, available on iTunes and Soundcloud

Outdoor events

  • Some youth theatres also moved on to delivering classes, events and performances outside.  Here are some ideas and considerations for youth theatres when planning for this:
  • It would be good for youth theatres to collate a list of local outside location ‘venues’ for performance activities.
  • Remember these activities will need specific planning and risk assessment before any activity begins. Staff ratios may also need considered if you’re using multiple spaces at the same time.
  • Outdoor performances might require additional insurance, security and, in some cases, outdoor toilets or sanitation facilities.

Guidance – outdoor events


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Outdoor Performance