Did you know that 50% of people that work in youth theatre are volunteers? From the Fri 5 – Sun 14 May 2017, it’s Voluntary Arts Week across Scotland – a time to celebrate and share the work of voluntary arts groups. We’ll be shining a spotlight on some of the youth theatre leaders who volunteer their time to create brilliant theatre experiences for young people.
This time we’re heading to the tiny town of Kirriemuir (where JM Barrie was born, don’t you know?). Stephanie Arsoska runs Little Red Theatre, a small but mighty group for young theatre makers in Angus and also volunteers at the local school.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a theatre practitioner based in Kirriemuir, Angus, I run Little Red Theatre and I have two young children who mostly run me.
How would you describe your group in 5 words?
Nurturing, challenging, experimental, empowering and inclusive.
How did you get involved in running your Youth Theatre?
I grew up in Kirriemuir and there were very few opportunities for me to get involved in theatre. When I moved back to the area I found that things had not moved on and so I decided to start Little Red Theatre so that local young people had access to a youth theatre.
What do you enjoy most about Youth Theatre?
The young people themselves, their endless ability to create work that surprises me.
What are you working on right now?
We’ve just finished working on a piece of theatre that we devised for the Next Up youth theatre festival at Dundee Rep so we are on a break from making this term and are enjoying workshops on improvisation, devising, movement and text work.
Find out more about Little Red Hen by visiting their website at www.littleredtheatre.co.uk
Voluntary Arts Festival runs from Fri 5 – Sun 14 May 2017 and is a project of Voluntary Arts who work to promote and increase active participation in creative cultural activities across the UK and Republic of Ireland.