Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) is gearing up to co-host Scotland's only annual training conference for creative professionals using drama and theatre in their work with young people.
Now in its 10th year, the three-day Interchange provides a range of learning opportunities, workshops and networking sessions for delegates from all over the country.
By special invitation and to mark the opening day on Friday, March 21, APA Youth Theatre will stage a performance of their acclaimed-production of Grey Matter, by Olivier Award-winning playwright Stef Smith.
The performance will be dedicated to the memory of APA’s production director Alan Campbell, who worked on the staging of the original production last summer. He died suddenly in November at the age of 59.
Produced by Youth Theatre Arts Scotland in partnership with APA and North East Scotland College, Interchange 2014 offers a weekend programme of structured networking sessions and hands-on professional development workshops.
“It encourages the exchange of ideas, as well as the chance to compare experience and establish new professional contacts,” said APA drama development co-ordinator Claire Davidson.
“It is a tremendous coup for us to be able to host the conference and it says much for our credentials as a leading provider of youth drama in Scotland.
“We hope others will be invigorated and inspired by warm-up sessions led by us and showcase youth theatre performances by APA Youth Theatre and Tron Young Company.
“But it’s not all hard work – and we are looking forward to the inaugural Interchange karaoke!”
The weekend conference will run from Friday to Sunday, March 21 to 23 and will be attended by 100 creative professionals from all over the country.
There will be a civic reception hosted by the Lord Provost of Aberdeen on the opening night, before the APA Youth Theatre performance of Grey Matter.
Aberdeen City Council have generously provided bursaries for local people who use drama in their work with young people – and anyone interested in attending and who works or lives in Aberdeen, can get more information from Claire on Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org 01224 337664