East Ayrshire Youth Theatre
EAYT offers musical theatre based performance training for children and young people aged 5 to 18 on a weekly basis at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock.
It aims to give the broadest range of high quality theatre experiences in a positive and supportive environment so that young people can develop their skills not only in theatre and performance but also in terms of communication and creativity.
The ethos of EAYT is that of a professional theatre company which is driven be excellence and access where young people feel comfortable and learn through positive experiences. Young people are given the opportunity to develop skills and learn from experienced tutors where they work in a professional manner as young actors and theatre makers.
Classes are led by working professionals from the performing arts industry. We work closely with specialists in music, dance and drama to bring the best possible opportunities to the EAYT participants.
The EAYT team continue to cater for the needs of each individual participant, building their skills and confidence and ensuring that while we maintain a professional ethos, classes are fun, accessible and develop life transferrable skills.
Mini (5-7yrs) ● Wednesdays from 4.30pm-5.50pm
Junior (8-11yrs) ● Wednesdays from 4.30pm-6.30pm
Senior (12-18yrs) ● Wednesdays from 7pm-9pm
*Please note Juniors and Seniors are currently only set up for installments. If you wish to pay in full, please add installments to your basket separately then head to the checkout. The cost for a term (usually 10 weeks) is £55 for Mini EAYT and £130 for Junior and Senior EAYT.
In a typical session, students will explore general theatre technique, stage craft and improvisation, whilst developing the three core disciplines of Voice, Acting and Dance creating friendships for life along the journey.
EAYT Response to COVID-19
EAYT launch their Autumn/Winter Season on Wednesday 16th September 2020.
The 5-7 years and 8-11 years age group will be split into 3 groups and will operate in 3 separate areas of The Grand Hall. The 5-7 years will be kept together as one bubble/group and the 8-11 years will be split into two bubbles /groups.
The 5-7 years will take part in 2 x 40 minute workshop sessions (16.30-17.50) and the 8-11 years will take part in 3 x 40 minute workshop sessions (16.30-18.30).
The 12-18 years age group will also be split into three groups and will operate in three separate areas of The Grand Hall.
Sessions will take place in Art Hall 1, Art Hall 2 and the Main Hall.
All rehearsal spaces are of suitable size to allow for physical distancing and have been selected so that each student has sufficient personal space to adhere to guidelines/physical distancing measures.
Hand sanitising stations will be available at entrances and exits to all rooms and buildings. All students will be asked to use hand sanitizer before entering the rehearsal space and if they use the toilet facilities.
Each group will be allocated a different entrance and exit to the building to limit adult gatherings and keep our families safe.
All age groups work towards full scale theatre productions as well as offering showcases of their work throughout the year. Previous productions include Hairspray, The Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Made in Dagenham, High School Musical and Les Miserables to name a few.
At this stage, in response to Government Guidance surrounding COVID-19 we cannot guarantee when the next EAYT production will take place due to the main house of the theatre being closed.
We have provisionally scheduled the first full scale production next year to take place from Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th April 2021 with a total of 4 performances which will be confirmed in alignment with current Government Guidance.
Support @ EAYT
Please note, EAYT offer two free places per group, per term in order to support our community and keep the arts accessible for all.
In order to apply for a free place, the family must be in receipt of one of the following benefits/allowance: Parents on Income support, Parents on Job Seekers Allowance – Income Related, Parents on Employment and Support Allowance – Income Related.
If you’d like to apply for a free place, please contact Steven Swan (EAYT Director) with the appropriate proof of benefit on firstname.lastname@example.org
Free places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Minis –£55. To be paid in full only.
Juniors – £130. Payable in full or in 3 monthly instalments
Seniors– £130. Payable in full or in 3 monthly instalments
£10 off all prices for 2nd child discount
The form below should be completed and returned at the start of the first session