Care Experienced Theatre Ensemble
Scotland's first care experienced theatre ensemble.
The Citizens Theatre has created an exciting and innovative theatre company for care-experienced young adults aged 18-26. It offers a positive, supportive and empowering creative space to explore and learn about all aspects of a professional theatre, develop creative talents, and tell the stories that are important to the ensemble.
The ensemble will give the world premiere performances of a new play written especially for them, Whatever Happened to the Jaggy Nettles? at Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow in February 2020.
We have also been equipping our new ensemble of actors to lead workshops in community settings and share their new drama skills with other groups.
The project aims to improve confidence and self-esteem, increase access to employment, education and training opportunities within the creative industries, and encourage participation in the social, economic and cultural life of the city.
origin of the project
The project was developed in close partnership with CELSIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland). Our new theatre company is funded by Life Changes Trust.
We define care experience as having being cared for as a child or young person in kinship care (by friends or family), foster care, residential care or secure care for any period of time (e.g. it might have been a few months or a number of years).