YMCA Theatre, YMCA Scarborough – WINNER
For over 30 years, Scarborough YMCA has used theatre and performing arts to support young people to build their self-confidence, learn new skills, make friends, and contribute to their local community.
Giving young people the opportunity to take part in activities which result in public approval (such as performances), as well as tangible achievements (like an Arts Award qualification), allows young people to improve their confidence, while performing arts also allows staff to build trust and encourage young people to feel a sense of belonging.
Young people keep the theatre running on stage and behind the scenes, allowing them to get involved and gain various different skills. This also includes learning about the technical aspects of theatre, such as designing and running a full lighting plot for a six-week musical.
In addition to YMCA Scarborough’s own shows, young people can take part in a wide variety of productions and events from local dance schools, theatre groups, choirs, bands and performing arts schools, comprising many hundreds of local young people and adults. In the last year the theatre has shown 25 different productions, including over 130 performances allowing young people to meet new people and form friendships that continue long after the final ‘curtain call’.