YMTS offer Workshops Projects, Skills Building Projects, HotHouse Projects and Production Projects.   In Summer 2012 we added a new strand in the creation of a young company focused on taking a new work to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Please see our Past Projects page for details on our shows to date, including photographs from particular productions.

Workshop Projects
A workshop project is usually between 5 – 8 days long and focused on a piece of music theatre.  The week begins with separate sessions in dance, drama and music.  Everyone then has the chance to learn audition skills and has the opportunity to audition for a solo in the final sharing showcase – if they want to!  In the middle part of the week the group has very focused rehearsal sessions to build and develop the skills of the all the people involved.  At the end of the final day there is a workshop sharing for all the friends and families of the cast to come along to.  It’s a great way to have a go at something new, have a great fun and meet some new friends along the way.
Production Projects
YMTS in production takes a challenging or topical piece, with emotional, cultural and character resonances for young people, and creates a company to design, direct and perform a fully staged production.
Each production project is aimed at a targeted age group and, like all our work, has a completely open application process.  You do not need to have any experience to join in – just be prepared to have fun and to work really hard.  The projects are usually 2 or 3 week long with lots of rehearsal and learning crammed into very busy days.  The experience is unlike any other.

“… I have stuck with YMTS throughout many years because I feel we get treated like real performers, not like kids…”

“…YMTS allows us to live out our dreams, and get a taste as to what it could be like to be a pro…”

Young professionals join our production teams as Associate and Assistant Practitioners, where they work to support the young people involved in a pastoral and practical way while gaining valuable leadership and technical experience. If you are a recent graduate or still in training within the performing arts and think you may be interested in our work click here to find contact details to get in touch and discover more about what YMTS can offer you.
Skills Building Projects
Projects aimed at skills-building can range from a single 3 hour session to weekly classes.  Each session will aim to explore one specific area of the performance or production process.  Groups are usually quite small to make sure that everyone gets plenty of attention and can happen within theatre spaces, school spaces or workspaces.  Weekly classes all work towards Trinity Guildhall examinations which come with accreditation for UCAS points!
HotHouse Projects
The main focus of YMTS is the development of new musical theatre writing. Our passion is in the creation of new work and the structured facilitation of new composers and writers.
YMTS are always delighted to hear from writers and composers interested in working with and for young people.
Projects explore writing, composition, direction, film work and sound recording. Since 2006 YMTS HotHouse project have produced:
  • Thrill of Hope (Andy Carr): A staged blues concept album.
  • Fighting Game (Bob Semple): A new full-scale musical focused on the career and life of a young boxer.
  • New School: (Kenny Forrest/Marcus Roche) A new musical for schools looking at young people’s transitions.
  • Canal Boat to Freedom: (the Company) a collaborative piece between a group of Scottish and American young people creating a new piece of musical theatre based on the book Canalboat to Freedom.
  • rED 1 – commissioned as part of the MpowerFestival 2010 – a major new work including film, physical theatre, and a rock score that was recorded as an album.
  • rED 2 2011 – Stick Stock Stone Dead  – a concept album and theatre piece devised and created by young people and in associate with Tollbooth around Grimm Fairy Tale ‘The Juniper Tree’.
  • rED 3  2012 – Hamelin – a concept album and theatre piece devised and created by young people and in associate with Tolbooth around the tales of ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’
Young Company Projects
In 2012 a small group of young people aged 15 – 23 came together to create a theatre company.  Nine people developed Stick Stock Stone Dead form the 2011 rED 2 projects into a performance piece for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  YMTS supported the process enabling young people to develop skills in leadership, strategic management, logistics, personnel management, accountancy and finance; press, print and digital marketing, event delivery and promotion, design, composition, script and lyric writing, choreography, vocal coaching, technical theatre, and direct sales.
This was the first in what we hope will be many xYMTS productions – pieces led and performed by older YMTS members, with the support of the YMTS Board and members of our Production Team
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