Gordon Forum for the Arts


Summer 2012

Re:Location 2012


Local youth theatre member to represent Scotland at international festival

Rosalind Watt, 16, from Inverurie has been chosen to represent Scotland this summer at Re:Location, a pioneering international youth theatre event held in Stavanger, Norway.

Rosalind, who was nominated by her youth theatre Mitchell School of Drama to take part in group auditions at the National Theatre of Scotland in Glasgow, was one of only eight young people selected from applicants from all over Scotland to form a bespoke Scottish Company.

Rosalind Watt

Having been a member of Mitchell School of Drama for many years, Rosalind is delighted to be part of the newly formed company, and can't wait to play her part in showcasing the best of young acting and theatre-making talent from Scotland.

Rosalind said: "I thought it was exciting enough to get the audition, and still can't believe I am one of the eight. It's going to be a great summer."

Hosted by Rogaland Theatre, Norway, Re:Location 2012 is a new international youth theatre project designed to celebrate excellence in performing arts. Scotland is privileged to be one of only six nations invited to participate and is proud to be recognised as a leading nation in youth theatre arts in the Year of Creative Scotland.

The creation of the Scottish company is a collaborative artistic project led by Promote YT (Scotland), the national support and development organisation for youth theatre, in partnership with leading theatre company Visible Fictions and the National Theatre of Scotland, with investment from Creative Scotland.

This is a unique opportunity not only for the eight young people chosen, but also for the youth theatre sector of Scotland to benefit from sharing skills, ideas and inspiration with young people from across Europe. You can watch the journey of the Scottish Company unfold online during the next three months, from creating a new piece of theatre, to performances at the National Festival of Youth Theatre 2012 in Glenrothes, Fife, and at Re:Location 2012, Norway.

Colin Bradie, CEO/Director, Promote YT (Scotland), says: "With over 80 youth theatres engaging 14,000 young people in positive creative activity each week youth theatre is very much alive and well in Scotland. Our invitation to participate in Re:Location represents an amazing opportunity to showcase Scotland's talents internationally and we, along with our partners, are delighted to put together a company of eight exceptional young theatre makers to fly our flag in Norway this summer. It will be an exceptional experience for them."

Rosalind's exciting journey as part of the Re:Location Scottish company is only just beginning. To keep up with Rosalind's journey and the project follow Re:Location on Facebook, on Twitter, and on the Mitchell School of Drama website.

Rhona Mitchell

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