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The 10-year celebrations to mark the founding of Mull Youth Theatre should have been celebrated in 2020 – but fell victim to lockdown.
In 2021, it finally got to celebrate with a TEN+1 Festival.
‘The theatre on Mull has deep roots, firstly with The Little Theatre and now Mull Theatre enjoys nationwide acclaim,’ recalls Mull Youth Theatre’s director Andi Stevens.
‘In 2010 a permanent youth theatre was established, comprising of Lewis MacLeod, Dexter Govan, Kate Stevens and Dominic Haunschmidt.
‘Mull Youth Theatre has developed steadily ever since from four to 64 young adults.
‘Bold programming and adventurous casting have ensured that youngsters continue to be drawn to the theatre.
‘Over the years there have been many professionals and community members who have supported this venture. Thank you for all you have given.
‘The 10-year milestone could not be allowed to pass without a celebratory festival.
‘And in July we were able to mark this great achievement with a three-day performing arts gathering.
‘During the festival our many students attended workshops in improvisational skills, stage design, puppetry, performance skills, storytelling, photography and costume.
‘It proved to be a great mixture of intensive work, fun, gazebos, bunting, hand sanitiser, and amazing cakes.
‘It all culminated in delivering a short performance to show their talents based around newspaper puppets, time machines, steam punk hats and David Bowie. What a mix – but it worked!
‘The focus, commitment and passion from our students never ceases to amaze me,’ said Andi.
‘A heartfelt thanks to all the tutors and caring staff who assisted at the festival.
Alan Melvin, Martin Low, Heather Waller, Sarah Darling, Holly Fusco, Flora Thommasson, Ruth Darling, Ruxy Cantir, and Sarah-Rose Graber.
‘It has been 10 years of exhilaration and fun, from Edinburgh Fringe performances to a bi-lingual Macbeth performed on the canals in France on one of our many collaborations with Carcassonne Youth Company.
‘Some of our students have made their careers in the wider arts business. Mull Youth Theatre alum now work as actors, writers, directors, stage designers and creative learning practitioners.
‘We have a great deal to celebrate our brilliant students of yesterday and today. I have been so proud to know all of them over the past 10 years,’ added Andi.
Mull Theatre’s new chief executive and artistic director Rebecca Atkinson-Lord added: ‘It has been wonderful to spend my first week living on Mull at the TEN Festival.
‘I can’t imagine a better introduction to An Tobar and Mull Theatre and its community.
‘It is an honour to have such a committed, inspiring and beloved artist as Andi on the team. I cannot wait to see what she does next.’