A group of talented young actors from Ayr are set to share the stage with performers from across Scotland at a festival in the town this weekend.

The Gaiety Theatre in Ayr will be home to the largest gathering of youth theatres in the UK from this Friday.

Participating youth theatres will be pitching their tents at The National Festival of Youth Theatres (NFYT) to enjoy a weekend of workshops and performances.

Organisers Youth Theatre Arts Scotland support over 100 youth theatres organisations throughout the country, many of which will be traveling down to Ayr this weekend.

You can catch performances by Company Theatre Alliance and the Glasgow Acting Academy.as well as Ayrshire's own Ayr Gaiety Young Company.

The young Ayr actors will take to the stage at 8pm on Friday for 'Identity', a 40-minute play inviting the audience to be the jury and following the ups and downs of a 'trial', exploring how we use performance throughout our daily lives and the challenges and benefits of finding your true self.

After six successful years in Glenrothes, 2017 saw NFYT arrive in Ayr’s Rozelle Park for the first time. The festival ran for two years before being postponed by the pandemic.

The event has now been brought back for the second time since the pandemic by Youth Theatre Arts Scotland.

The NFYT performances will be running between July 5 and 7, and more information can be found at ytas.org.uk/whats-on/performances.

Tickets are available to the public on a 'pay what you decide' basis from the Gaiety Theatre box office on 01292 288235 or at ayrgaiety.co.uk.