Media Release: STV announcer, Donald Pirie, works with young people at Teenage Cancer Trust unit

Donald Pirie, voiceover coach came to work with the young people at TCT Beatson Unit

SCOTTISH Youth Theatre is currently working with the Teenage Cancer Trust on an innovative drama project with the help of professional voice-over artist and STV announcer, Donald Pirie, who has donated his fee to the Trust.

Between April and May 2015, young people from Teenage Cancer Trust’s Unit within The Beatson Hospital in Glasgow, will devise, develop and create their own-stop motion animation short films under the title, ‘If I ruled the World’.

The young people have been working with highly-experienced theatre specialists from Scottish Youth Theatre.

The final short films will be screened for friends and family at the end of the project.

Donald said: “My role in the project was to give the young people a taste of the world of voice-overs.

“We had a fun filled, laughter fuelled workshop on all things voice related and ended up voicing characters ranging from a ‘crazy Scouse lady’ to ‘a wee sausage’.

“I think it tied in with the whole animation side of the project and, hopefully, gave the young people confidence to give their characters some  interesting voices.”

Donald Pirie is an actor, voice-over artist and course facilitator.

His company, Voice Over Training Scotland, provides weekend courses for people interested in voice-overs.

He also delivers acting classes for adults at the Citizens Theatre and facilitates courses for disengaged young people throughout North Lanarkshire as part of the Flexible Learning Initiative.

In between all this, he is one of the most prolific voice artists in Scotland, working as a continuity announcer for STV as well as for BBC Radio Scotland and many more.

Lisa Eaglesham, Teenage Cancer Trust’s youth support so-ordinator, said: “The Teenage Cancer Trust in conjunction with The Beatson Cancer Charity would like to thank Scottish Youth Theatre and Donald Pirie for this amazing project delivered in the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at The Beatson.

“We were all very impressed with Donald’s way of engaging all of the young people involved. Not only was the workshop fun and interactive but it allowed the young people the opportunity to learn new skills.

“The young people all related that they had thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”

Mary McCluskey, artistic director/CEO of Scottish Youth Theatre, said: “Scottish Youth Theatre is delighted to be working with the Teenage Cancer Trust’s Unit at the Beatson Hospital.

“As Scotland’s national youth theatre, we strive to collaborate with partners from all sectors and communities to create opportunities for young people across the country to develop transferrable skills and reach their creative potential.”

Scottish Youth Theatre is Scotland’s national theatre ‘for and by’ young people.

The company runs a varied annual programme of quality theatre arts experiences all around Scotland, all year round.

Full info on all Scottish Youth Theatre events, performances and activities are available by visiting or by calling 0141 552 3988.


Note to editors:

  • Scottish Youth Theatre, Scotland’s national theatre ‘for & by’ young people, established in 1976, delivers theatre arts to young people all around Scotland, all year round.
  • Scottish Youth Theatre offers a varied annual programme of quality theatre arts experiences. Full info on all Scottish Youth Theatre events, performances and activities are available by visiting or by calling 0141 552 3988.
  • Scottish Youth Theatre alumni include Gerard Butler (300), Karen Gillan (Dr. Who) and KT Tunstall (Eye to the Telescope, Drastic Fantastic), Iain De Caestecker (Marvel’s Agents of Shield), Douglas Henshall (Shetland, Primeval) and Kirstie Steele (Waterloo Road, Glasgow Girls).
  • Scottish Youth Theatre patrons include Alan Cumming, Emma Thompson, Billy Boyd, Brian Cox, Liz Lochhead, Colin McCredie, Bill Paterson, Paul Riley and Elaine C Smith.

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