Banavie’s Katryn makes youth theatre’s top 20

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After auditions by Scottish Youth Theatre across the country, a theatre maker from Banavie has been picked as one of the 20 talented young people who will form the 2019 National Ensemble.

Katryn Muir, 17, applied along with 110 other young people to join the 2019 national company and she met their fellow members for the first time last weekend.

Launched in 2017, the Scottish Youth Theatre (SYT) National Ensemble is a company made up of young people aged 16-25 who have displayed great potential as theatre makers.

The experience lasts a year and, as well as learning about acting and performing, the young participants will collaborate with professional theatre practitioners on disciplines such as directing, writing and design.

In the summer, they will work intensively for five weeks to devise a new piece of work which they will tour across Scotland in July.

On hearing she had made the final line-up, an excited Katryn commented: ‘I was delighted when I got the email telling me I had been selected for the Scottish Youth Theatre National Ensemble 2019.

‘I enjoyed the audition – I loved meeting everyone involved and it felt like a good fit, so I was over the moon to be accepted.’

Looking forward to her year with the company, Katryn added: ‘The skills I will learn will stay with me for the rest of my life, and I’m so excited to work with the rest of the team.

‘It’s the experience that I am most looking forward to, especially as it would give me the chance to work with a theatre company and understand all the areas involved in putting on a show. I’m so excited to start working.’

SYT creative producer Mahri Reilly said selecting the 2019 company was an inspirational but challenging process, and with so many promising candidates, it had been really difficult to whittle the company down to just 20.

But she said: ‘Katryn showed an enormous amount of potential and we can’t wait to see how she develops as an artist and contributes to the 2019 company.’