Polmont Youth Theatre

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 performances took place and those invited loved the new show.

I felt lucky to be in the audience tonight. A show that made me laugh, cry and contemplate where we’ve been and where we can go next. Let’s change together. All the young men involved should be ecstatic – this was their night to shine and they did. Thank you for having us.

Another brilliant show from everyone at Polmont Youth Theatre. Excellent performances, full of humour and passion. Thank you.

Well done to Polmont Youth Theatre @ scottishprisons for this evening’s performance of ‘Footsteps on the moon.’ The thing I enjoyed the most was the guys’ quick witted funny humour in interacting with us and asking thoughtful questionsabout our futures. There’s much to change.


The feedback from the Polmont Youth Theatre participants was equally positive:

‘It gives us a different idea about how we can be’

‘When I am in here I forget I am in jail’

‘The atmosphere in here is different than
the rest of the prison’

‘It gave me something to work towards’





The Aberdeen Standard Investments Partnership

In 2019, we have entered a new sponsor partnership with Aberdeen Standard Investments to co-create a programme of activity reaching out to engage with those on the margins of society.

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