Media Release: International musical theatre event at Eden Court


Eden Court CREATIVE had a roller coaster week last week when their Summer Musical Theatre Mash-Up course was joined by 28 Italian students from the theatre school of La Bottega d’europa, in Rome (

Fifty-five young stars, aged between nine and 16 years, spent the week learning songs and choreography from well known musicals which they cleverly linked together to form their devised performance, Seize the Day.

The course was taught bilingually by Eden Court tutors, Amanda Luscombe, Nicola Gray, Laura Johnston and Louise Marshall and the participants also picked up a bit of each other’s languages along the way.

Eden Court CREATIVE’s LAMDA tutor, Amanda Luscombe, said: “It’s been an amazing life and job-affirming week.

“We’ve created some kind of billingual language that everyone seems to understand and it’s been such a joy to see young people from different cultures come together to share and learn from each other. I’m so proud of what they have achieved in only a week.”

The cast performed to a full audience on Friday night and the atmosphere was electric.

“It’s been a beautiful week,” said one Italian participant. “I’ve loved getting to know the Scottish people and the tutors have been amazing. I can’t wait to come back next year.”

Eden Court are now planning this cultural exchange on an even bigger scale for 2017.

Eden Court CREATIVE manager, Katyana Kozikowska, said: “It’s been a great week and the theatre has been buzzing. We’re excited to develop this idea with the school of La Bottega d’Europa to give the young people of the Highlands even more opportunities to explore what the arts can offer them.”

If you want to join in the fun Eden Court’s summer programme is on now.

Tickets are still available for their Youth Drama Week 25 – 29 July where they will use green screen technology to create a performance based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Then on the 8 – 12 August, well-known London dance company, Rambert, will be guest tutors for Eden Court’s Youth Dance Week which will culminate in a performance of Rambert Reworked in the OneTouch Theatre on Friday 12 August.

There are lots more opportunities to get CREATIVE as Eden Court’s autumn term of classes are on sale now

Call the Eden Court Box Office on 01463 234 234 to book tickets.

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Notes to editors:

Eden Court

  • Eden Court is the largest multi-arts venue in Scotland. It re-opened in November 2007 following an extensive redevelopment programme, which saw the addition of two purpose-built cinemas, a brand new flexible second theatre space and two dance and education studios.
  • Eden Court CREATIVE Arts Workers live and work in ten different areas covering the whole of the Highlands of Scotland, from Nairn to Skye, from Lochaber to Caithness. They specialise in making drama, dance and digital media activities accessible to both children and adults in the Highlands. Eden Court CREATIVE also employs two Additional Support Needs specialists, making the arts as accessible as possible for the entire community.
  • Eden Court is the only theatre in Scotland to offer Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) courses in Drama and Dance. These are extracurricular courses, which offer pupils from across Highland the opportunity to study at Eden Court for an SQA Higher Dance, Drama or National 5 exams. Aside from Eden Court, there is only one school in the Highlands where pupils can sit SQA Higher Drama exams.

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