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Prestigious New Scheme For Young Writers Starts With Bang

Monday, 13 June 2011

Scottish Youth Theatre gets the show on the road for aspiring young writers, as this weekend marks the beginning of the new Young Writers scheme.

Budding writers aged 15-25 from all over Scotland and beyond will be arriving in Glasgow to begin the first weekend (17th - 19th June) of the new Young Writers scheme with Scottish Youth Theatre.

Here they will be developing their work with award-winning professional writers, directors and a host of young acting talent as they work to bring their ideas to life.

The course, run by Scottish Youth Theatre and funded in partnership with the UK's leading PR agency Beattie Communications, is an updated version of Scottish Youth Theatre's renowned Young Playwrights scheme.

Contemporary Scottish playwright David Harrower (Knives in Hens, Blackbird, 365) gives the new course his seal of approval.

David Harrower said: "Scottish Youth Theatre's Young Playwrights Scheme/initiative was of vital, lasting importance to my becoming a writer. To take your play out into the open - to have it read, discussed and developed alongside other writers within a supportive but critical environment is invaluable. I would encourage any young writer to do it. Scottish theatre needs your voice."

David's latest play 'A Slow Air' has just finished a highly acclaimed run at Glasgow's Tron Theatre (5 stars, The Scotsman), and will enjoy a high-profile slot at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh during this year's Edinburgh Fringe festival. Meanwhile, a new production of David's 'Knives in Hens' is currently playing at the Traverse (4 stars, The Scotsman), before it begins an extensive tour of Scotland's major venues.

David's sentiments are echoed by other Scottish Youth Theatre and Young Writers alumni such as actor, screen writer and SYT patron Paul Riley (Still Game, Chewin' the Fat, Dear Green Place).

Paul Riley explained: "Scottish Youth Theatre helped me decide what I wanted to do and gave me an active, supportive environment to really push myself in acting and writing. The Young Writers course for 2011 is a great chance for the promising talent all over Scotland to learn from experienced professionals and start on the road to professional writing."

Renowned playwright, Douglas Maxwell added: "The SYT Young Writers Project was a launch pad for me.  It didn't all happen immediately afterwards, but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have happened at all had it not been for the project.  It gave me that vital, but elusive, ingredient for creative work - the thing that gets us from the first idea to the words "The End" is hope."

The recent call for applications for Young Writers scheme was met with an unprecedented response, which confirms suspicion from Scottish Youth Theatre, that there is a wealth of young writing talent all over Scotland looking for opportunities to hone their skills.  Thanks to the funding partnership with the UK's leading PR agency Beattie Communications and additional support from Arts & Business, Young Writers 2011 is free to successful applicants, making it accessible and affordable to all. Ensuring access to courses and events across the economic spectrum is a vital part of Scottish Youth Theatre's work throughout Scotland, and this funding support has helped Scottish Youth Theatre continue to put accessibility at the heart of everything they do.

Scottish Youth Theatre Artistic Director, Mary McCluskey said: "At Scottish Youth Theatre we are committed to bringing the opportunity for a quality theatre arts experience to every young person in Scotland. Thanks to the generosity of Beattie Communications and Arts & Business, this year's Young Writers scheme is affordable and accessible to absolutely everyone. We look forward to working with young people and helping shape Scotland's writing for the next generation."

Young Writers begins in Glasgow on July 17th and runs throughout 2011 in Glasgow, Inverness and online. For more information about Young Writers visit www.scottishyouththeatre.org




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In funding partnership with Beattie Communications with additional support from Arts & Business.