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National Festival of Youth Theatre

A celebration of the power of youth theatre and the largest gathering of youth theatres in the UK

A young and happy theatre performer
YTAS DramaCon Fri 24 March 2023 Festival Theatre © photographer Andy Catlin www.andycatlin.com 7200

National Convention of Youth Drama​

An inspiring place for everyone who uses drama and theatre in their work with young people


Ambitious performances and radical works-in-progress from the best young theatre makers
CLUB Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre Fri 18 November 2016 Chrysalis Traverse Theatre Edinburgh photographer Andy Catlin 6400
Theatre performers cheering


Scotland’s biennial training event for those who use drama and theatre in their work with young people

Upcoming performances

Find out about the brilliant work by young artists or for young audiences taking place all across Scotland, including work by YTAS members and others that might be of interest.

Queen Margaret University Logo
Apr 23rd 2024
— Apr 24th 2024
Queen Margaret University Acting Showcase
Traverse Theatre
Queen Margaret University are delighted their 4th year BA(Hons) Acting and Performance company will showcase their talents at the Traverse Theatre
Storm Lantern Strange Town
Jun 4th 2024
— Jun 6th 2024
Storm Lantern
Traverse Theatre
Nominated for a 2023 CATS Award for Best Production for Children and Young People, Storm Lantern is a timely examination of the final hours of Sophie Scholl.

Our events

From large national events to small gatherings and working groups, there’s always something happening at YTAS and across the youth arts sector.

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Our members are located throughout Scotland and together they are responsible for the majority of youth theatre activity delivered across the country

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