Strange Town Theatre Company turned 10 years old on 23rd September 2018.
The company began with one Youth Theatre group who met for the first time at Out of the Blue Drill Hall on 23rd September 2008, it was one group of just 17 young people, through the years the numbers have grown and grown and the Youth Theatre now welcomes 150 young people each week.
Over the years Strange Town has expanded to include a Young Company who regularly tour schools, After School Drama groups in 10 primary schools across the city and a Young Actors’ Agency which has resulted in a number of young people appearing in professional film, TV and stage performances.
We are planning a number of events to celebrate this milestone, and we would love to catch up with old Strange Town youth theatre, after school drama and agency members as well as staff and anyone else who has been involved with us over the years so please do get in touch with Jessica: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about what we have coming up.
Our first event was our birthday party on Sunday 23rd September- exactly 10 years to the day from the first session. If you have images to share from the night please do share them using #strangetown10 or tag us. We have shared some albums on our Facebook page: Flash Mob, Cutting Room, Speeches and Cake, People.
Photos and memories
We have put together a photo slide show with pictures from across the 10 years of Strange Town Youth Theatre shows, take a look here: 10 Years of Strange Town
At our party we asked everyone to share their favourite memories of Strange Town and we got some great ones! We’d love to hear more so please do send them to us or share them on social media using #strangetown10
It can be photos, a story from a rehearsal, a show, a costume- whatever you like!
We are producing some special Strange Town 10th anniversary t-shirts so do get in touch to find out how to order one of these.
As well as our annual December shows from our 8-10s and 11-14s age groups we will have additional performances from our new all ages Youth Theatre group spanning 8-18s in a double bill with our young company. Our 8-18s group will be reviving a Strange Town classic play, Love Bites by Sam Siggs and some of our young company will be bringing Balisong by Jennifer Adam to the Storytelling Centre in the middle of their 5 month tour around Scottish secondary schools.
In the press
Steve spoke to Neil Copper at the Herald about youth theatre in Edinburgh and our 10th birthday, you can read the article here.
We also took this opportunity to create a short film showing the wide variety of work Strange Town does, watch it here to hear from Creative Directors Ruth Hollyman and Steve Small as well as some of the young people we work with and who work with us.