Polmont Youth Theatre
A legacy of the National Theatre of Scotland’s Futureproof project to mark 2018 Year of Young People in Scotland, Polmont Youth Theatre came into being in 2019 with the support of Aberdeen Standard Investments.
Building on the success of Futureproof, young men from Her Majesty’s Prison Young Offenders’ Institute Polmont were invited to continue regular sessions with theatre practitioners, with a view to developing confidence, skills and an understanding of their place in the world.
Life for most young men in HMPYOI Polmont is not easy. Many have come from troubled backgrounds and most struggle to come to terms with the situation in which they find themselves. However, given the positive outcomes of Futureproof, the project partners were delighted to be able to continue the project by creating Polmont Youth Theatre.
In July 2019 PYT participants created Footsteps to the Moon, a new piece exploring change in its many forms – personal, political and historical; the moments that have changed us and the changes we still wish to make. Two sold-out performances took place and audiences loved the new show.