Media Release: Local young actor recommends Scottish Youth Theatre’s Summer Festival in Dumfries

James Charlton

THERE is still time to apply for Scottish Youth Theatre’s Summer Festival for a chance to shine on stage.

Scottish Youth Theatre is seeking budding actors aged 12-25 to take part in Summer Festival 2014 in Dumfries and Galloway. This flagship national event brings together young drama enthusiasts from across the country to take part in courses ranging from performance to technical theatre.

Local boy, 18 year-old James Charlton from Moffat, who took part in last year’s Summer Festival, said: “I feel like Summer Festival really defined what I wanted to do in the future, which is becoming an actor. I loved working with such skilled people who supported me every step of the way. I made a whole bunch of new friends too.”

James held one of the leading parts in a sold out production about the Scottish Independence Referendum, with reviewers praising his performance and stage presence.

“I would definitely recommend Summer Festival to anyone who wants to find who they are and what they really want to do.”

Applications are now open. Young people can apply for Summer Festival 2014 and be part of a brand new production of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan by visiting

Dates: 3 July to 14 August. For more information call 0141 552 3988.

“Scottish Youth Theatre’s Summer Festival has something to offer everyone,” says Mary McCluskey, artistic director of Scottish Youth Theatre.

“Every summer, hundreds of young people who are passionate about theatre and performance take part. It gives young people a fantastic insight in to the thriving world of theatre and the opportunity to make friends with other young people their age with the same interests.”

Previous participants of Summer Festival at Scottish Youth Theatre include Gerard Butler (Law Abiding Citizen, 300), Karen Gillan (Dr. Who), Andrew Still (Hollyoaks) and Kirstie Steele (Waterloo Road).


Notes 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 patrons include Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Billy Boyd, Colin McCredie, Elaine C Smith and Liz Lochhead. Alumni include Gerard Butler (300), Karen Gillan (Dr. Who) and KT Tunstall (Eye to the Telescope, Drastic Fantastic).
  • Scottish Youth Theatre is a registered charity, Scottish Charity Number SC014283.

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