Youth theatre is victim of Scottish cash cuts

Scottish Youth Theatre became the latest victim of funding cuts with the announcement that it is to close in July.

The move follows the decision by Creative Scotland earlier this year to remove the 41 year old organisation’s funding.

The SYT board said the loss of more than a third of its income meant it was left with "no realistic option" but to cease trading on 31 July.

In a statement, chief executive Jacky Hardacre said, “We have worked on many business models, a variety of cost cutting exercises and discussed how we can better collaborate to share costs and resources with like-minded organisations. But so far SYT had no success in bridging the gap in the time available.

She added: "We remain committed to delivering our activities up to the end of the summer period with as much energy and dedication as we always have, in a celebration of the children and young people we are so committed to serving."

Founded 41 years ago, the SYT helped shape the careers of stars including Gerard Butler and Karen Gillan. The Glasgow-based theatre's patrons include Brian Cox, Emma Thompson, Billy Boyd and Alan Cumming.

Creative Scotland said it had been working with the Glasgow based company to find alternative routes to support and was "disappointed" by the decision.

A spokesman said: "Creative Scotland is fully committed to supporting access to creativity for young people through the organisations we fund across Scotland.

"Youth arts are well represented in the network of Regularly Funded Organisations, with more than 80% of them including work with or for children and young people.

"Creative Scotland also provides extensive support for arts and young people through Open Project Funding and through multi-million pound Targeted Funding programmes such as the Youth Music Initiative (YMI) and CashBack for Creativity."


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