The Gaiety celebrated with young people across Scotland and beyond recently as they hosted Youth Theatre Arts Scotland’s National Festival of Youth Theatre.

Bringing together a host of incredible youth theatre groups, the festival celebrated the creative work of young people through nine live accessible performances, devised by the young people themselves.

The event also featured a host of creative workshops including mask-making, singing lessons and theatre

sports, with the young people camping at Rozelle Park over the weekend festival period.

The Youth Theatre groups that participated included; Solar Bear Deaf Youth Theatre, Falkirk Youth Theatre, Diocesan School from New Zealand, Firefly Arts, PEEK Project Youth Theatre, Airdrie Youth Theatre, Capall Dorcha Youth Ensemble, Lab Station and The Gaiety’s Young Company with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Young Company.

Many other youth groups attended along with members of the public to watch the performances and support the groups.

Throughout the weekend The Gaiety hosted as the central hub of activity, with over 250 young people raising the roof for the electrifying performances which received standing ovations. The staff and volunteers at The Gaiety and Youth Theatre Arts Scotland also had a blast in delivering a fantastic action-packed programme.

At the campsite celebrations continued long after the busy schedules, with ceilidh’s, open mic nights and parties which the young people took the opportunity to enjoy.

With the festival wrapped up, the young people have now returned home with fantastic memoires, new friends and fresh inspiration to continue creating their unique work and further develop as creative thinkers.