Deeside boys get technical at festival

Aboyne Academy pupils Alex Day and Rory Beaton are on the technical theatre performance and production course during the summer festival in Glasgow.
Aboyne Academy pupils Alex Day and Rory Beaton are on the technical theatre performance and production course during the summer festival in Glasgow.

Deeside teenagers Alex Day and Rory Beaton, both 16, have moved south to Glasgow for five weeks to take part in the annual Summer Festival at Scottish Youth Theatre.

The flagship event is a celebration of youth theatre that brings together young people from across Scotland who have a passion for the arts every July and August.

Scottish Youth Theatre patrons include Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Billy Boyd, Colin McCredie and Elaine C Smith while stars such as Gerard Butler, Karen Gillan and K T Tunstall have previously performed with the theatre.

“This is the fourth Summer Festival I’ve taken part in,” said Aboyne Academy pupil Rory.

“Summer wouldn’t be the same for me without coming to Scottish Youth Theatre.”

Rory and Alex are on the technical theatre performance and production course, involving hands on practical training that will enable both teenagers to operate the technical side of two large scale theatre productions.

“I’m really interested in the behind the scenes aspect of theatre,” Alex said.

“Over the next few weeks I’ll be working with sound, lighting and set design experts so learning from professionals will be an amazing experience.”

The festival is now in its 36th year and the main productions this year are Twelfth Night at the Tron Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and a new devised show An Eye For An Eye, inspired by Titus Andronicus at the Brian Cox Studio at Scottish Youth Theatre.

Alex will be part of the technical crew for Twelfth Night at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow. Alex said: “The Tron is one of Glasgow’s most popular theatres so being part of a production that is playing there will be pretty special.”

Rory is working on A Midsummer Night’s Dream which will be a promenade performance through the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh and is part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

He said: “I can’t wait to start rehearsing this show.

“It’s not like anything I’ve ever done before... I just hope the rain will hold off!”

The festival offers courses for younger age groups too, both of which are available in Aberdeen at The Lemon Tree.

The one week junior performance course is aimed at 8-11 years and the two week foundation performance course is aimed at 12-15 years.

Both courses are open to complete beginners and include a final performance of work created for family and friends.

For full information on all Scottish Youth Theatre performances, courses and activities, visit www.scottishyiouththeatre.org