Media Release: Young people perform at opening of Scottish Parliament


SCOTTISH Youth Theatre was honoured to be invited to perform as part of the celebrations at the opening of the new session of the Scottish Parliament earlier today.

The session was opened officially by Her Majesty the Queen and a day of ceremony and celebration was planned for the monarch’s visit, including an open day for the public at the Parliament.

Ten young people aged between 17 and 20 years-old, all of whom have previously taken part in Scottish Youth Theatre’s activities, were invited to perform Edwin Morgan’s poem, Open the Doors!, in the parliament’s Debating Chamber.

The poem was originally written by the first Scots Makar for the opening of the Scottish Parliament, 9 October 2004.

Mary McCluskey, artistic director of Scottish Youth Theatre, said: “As Scotland’s national youth theatre, the company is honoured to have been invited to perform in the Chamber, as part of the celebrations marking the opening of the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament.

“SYT  had a special relationship with Edwin Morgan, our first Scottish Makar and it feels right that we should be performing his special poem.”

The young people who performed came from all over Scotland, and beyond.

They were James Adamson (Aberdeen), Ryan Brown (Glasgow), Brandon Logan (Stromness), Katee McCulloch (Midlothian), Stephanie Moir (Glasgow), Caitlin Morris (Kelso), Zack Norwood (Glasgow), Thais Tassadit Ramdani (Bourges, France – studying in Glasgow), Rhona Kathleen Williams (Edinburgh) and Lewis Winter Petrie (Dundee).

Scottish Youth Theatre has delivered quality arts experiences to young people since 1977 and this year marks the 40th year of the company’s first flagship summer course event.


Notes to editors:

  • Scottish Youth Theatre, Scotland’s national theatre by, for and with young people, established in 1976, delivers theatre arts to young people all around Scotland all year round.
  • The flagship summer event brings together young drama enthusiasts across the country, with young people completing one, two, three, five and six-week performance courses. 2016 marks the 40th summer courses.
  • Scottish Youth Theatre patrons include Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Billy Boyd, Colin McCredie and Elaine C Smith. Alumni include Gerard Butler (300), Karen Gillan (Dr. Who) and KT Tunstall (Eye to the Telescope, Drastic Fantastic)

For additional information about Scottish Youth Theatre, please contact:

Caroline Cosgrove, executive director:
0141 552 3988 or email

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