Media Release: Unique opportunity for young people to perform in the Borders Railway opening celebrations

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PUPILS from primary schools in the Borders have the opportunity to take part and perform in the celebrations for the opening of the Borders Railway in September 2015.

Following the delivery of 278 rail safety workshops to 76 schools over two years – as part of the highly-successful Rail Respect project in partnership with Network Rail – Scottish Youth Theatre is now working with Transport Scotland to create ‘Celebrating the Railway’ – an unique street theatre piece to be performed at Waverley Station, Edinburgh.

P6 and P7 pupils from schools that have previously hosted Rail Respect workshops can now apply to become the cast of ‘Celebrating the Railway.

The young performers will work with first-class theatre professionals to create and perform a piece of street theatre inspired by the railway and Sir Walter Scott.

For full info, dates and to apply:

Mary McCluskey, artistic director/CEO of Scottish Youth Theatre, said: “Scottish Youth Theatre is delighted to be working with Transport Scotland to offer a fantastic opportunity for Borders young people to come together, create and perform at the opening celebrations for the Borders Railway.

“Building on the success of our rail safety project Rail Respect, ‘Celebrating the Railway’ truly highlights Scottish Youth Theatre’s role as Scotland’s national youth theatre, working with partners from all sectors and communities to create opportunities for young people across the country to access the arts.”

A spokesperson from Transport Scotland, said: “September 2015 will see the re-introduction of rail services to the Midlothian and Scottish Borders regions connecting communities and providing opportunities for economic growth.

“I’m delighted that young people from those communities will have the opportunity to participate in the opening celebrations and this historic occasion.”

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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Scottish Youth Theatre contact details…

Contact: Kyriakos Vogiatzis
Phone: 01415523988