SYT sets up National Ensemble

Dec 6 2016 | By More

Edinburgh Auditions for National Youth Ensemble

Scottish Youth Theatre is to set up a new national ensemble of young performers, based on ability and paid for through its own core funding.

The company, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary today, 6 December 2016, announced that it will be holding open auditions for places in the ensemble in January and February 2017. They will take place in eight locations around Scotland from Stornaway to Stranraer.

SYT - Performance of Forbidden in Summer course 2016. Pic: Robin Mitchell

SYT – Performance of Forbidden in Summer course 2016. Pic: Robin Mitchell

The Edinburgh auditions will take place at Dancebase on Sunday 26 February 2017.

Aspiring auditionees need to register for an audition through the SYT website. Registration is free and open to anyone aged 16 to 25 who lives, works, studies or whose parents live in Scotland. There will be no participation fee with entry based purely on the performer’s ability and commitment.

Once recruited, the Ensemble will undertake development sessions across Scotland working with professional theatre-makers.

SYT artistic director Mary McCluskey promised: “We will ensure participants work at the highest level, collaborating with some of the most influential practitioners and performers working in Scottish theatre today.”


SYT already has a core programme of weekly classes and holiday courses at its Glasgow base. At its summer course, these can lead to gaining qualifications in performance. It also visits schools around Scotland.

McCluskey said: ¨The National Ensemble is something we have wanted to do for quite some time. It is an example of our commitment to giving talented young people the opportunity to challenge and develop their theatre skills. They will also have the opportunity to gain a formal qualification which will aid them in accessing further education and industry work.”

Links & Listings

SYT website:
SYT on facebook: ScottishYouthTheatre
SYT on Twitter: @ScottishYT

Download National Ensemble registration forms from:

You must register before attending one of the open auditions

Auditions will take place at the following venues:

Sat 21 January 2017 – Stornoway
Bayhead Bridge Centre, Lamont La/Bayhead, Stornoway, HS1 2EB
Sat 28 January – Aberdeen
Café Coast, Inspire Building, Beach Blvd, Aberdeen, AB24 5HP
Sun 29 January – Inverness
Eden Court, Bishops Rd, Inverness, IV3 5SA

Sat 11 February – Oban
The Rockfield Centre, Oban, PA34 5DE
Sun 12 February – Glasgow
Scottish Youth Theatre, The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, Glasgow G11TF
Sat 18 February – Stranraer
The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Rd, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway, DG9 7AP
Sun 19 February – Dumfries
Theatre Royal, 66-68 Shakespeare St, Dumfries, DG1 2JH
Sun 26 February – Edinburgh
Dancebase, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU


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  1. Santiago says:

    I am 10 year old from leith and interested in acting .

    • Thom Dibdin says:

      Hello Santiago,
      Sorry you missed out on this opportunity. A good place to start looking for acting experience in Leith is the Strange Town youth theatre company, which is based in the Out of the Blue Drill Hall, which has acting groups arranged by age: 8-10s, 11-14s, and 14-18s.

      Their website is:

      Hope you find something!

      Thom Dibdin (editor)