Citizens Theatre was awarded funding of £109,108 to run from April 2018 to March 2020
Young people with care experience have told us that they would love more opportunities to be active and have fun, developing their interests and trying out new things in areas such as music, art, sport and crafts. The Creative and Active Lives funding initiative was created with this in mind.
The funding will support young people with care experience to increase their social networks, skills and improve their health. These projects all have young people at their heart, as the Trust works with organisations that create opportunities for young people to design and lead programmes themselves. The Trust awarded a total of £1,746,170 to fourteen Creative and Active Lives projects across Scotland.
The Citizens Theatre wanted to establish a unique Theatre Company for the many diverse voices of young people with care experience, enabling them to be listened to and celebrated.
This new theatre company, called WAC (We Are Citizens) celebrates talent, commitment and passion and builds the confidence and skills that equip young people to develop creative careers or pursuits.
The programme focuses on the development of talent and creativity, utilising the enthusiasm of young people with care experience to realise their own personal and collective aspirations. Through a professionally commissioned play, these young people can share their theatrical work with diverse audiences across Scotland. The young people involved were given the opportunity to explore all aspects of professional theatre-making, from acting, directing, playwriting, sound, lighting, costume design and stage management to marketing and communications. The play is called ‘Whatever Happened to the Jaggy Nettles?’ and has received a rave review in the Herald.
This project will allow the citizens of Glasgow and beyond to gain an insight into the lives and experiences of young people, helping to challenge negative attitudes and break down barriers. The project also gives young people with care experience a vehicle for expressing themselves and their experiences, without which they may not have felt able to do so.