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Getting Started


If you’re considering setting up a new youth theatre group, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ll start by helping you build a complete answer to the question, “Why am I doing this?”, and below we have lots of resources and case studies that will help and inspire you.

We have tips on finding a venue (or not), engaging potential participants, creating a safe environment, and everything in between. We recommend looking at Getting Started: A Checklist for New Youth Theatres first. This handily lays out all the things you need to consider from your first ideas all the way to the first few sessions of your new group.

Good luck on your journey towards creating a youth theatre group that provides lots of fun and inspiration whilst nurturing talent. We look forward to seeing your future productions!


Getting Started: A Checklist for New Youth Theatres
A handy tool to help new youth theatres start out on the right footing.
Things to Consider When Starting a New Youth Theatre
Keen to set up your own group? Before you embark on your new and exciting journey, sit down with a cuppa and consider these constructive questions.
Child Protection Resource Pack
An invaluable compilation of best practice guides, sample policies and templates relating to Child Protection and protecting vulnerable groups.
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Writing an Effective Business Plan
Got ambitions to grow your group or business? This fantastic resource will take you through from blank page to a concrete and exciting business plan in no time.
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Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (Scotland)
Working with children, young people or vulnerable adults? Then you need to read this!
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Finding a Venue
Need some help finding a new venue? One-off show, or regular workshop, this briefing provides new ideas about who to approach when looking at spaces.
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Set Up as a Sole Trader in Scotland
Everything you need to know about setting up as a freelancer.
How to Write a Successful Funding Application
Need help putting together that all-important funding application? Look no further!
Cash for Culture
This popular publication from Creative Lives has been specifically created to help cultural groups – or any voluntary/community group wishing to carry out creative activities – fundraise for their group.
Sexual harassment in the performing arts
Stellar Quines and FST have put together some brilliant resources to support their campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment in the performing arts.
Finance and Business Management
Involved in running a voluntary organisation? Find detailed information on a range of finance and business topics with this great resource from SCVO.
Top Tips for Emerging Leaders
Interested in becoming a youth theatre leader? These wonderful folks have shared some tips and tricks to help get you started.


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