Mull Youth Theatre TEN +1 Festival Gets 10/10

21 May 2021

2020 should have seen the 10-year celebrations to mark the founding of Mull Youth Theatre – but we fell victim to lockdown. In 2021 we finally get to celebrate the 10 + 1 years.

The Theatre on Mull has deep roots, firstly with The Little Theatre and now Mull Theatre enjoys nationwide acclaim. 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 4 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 Ten-Year milestone could not be allowed to pass without a celebratory festival. In July 2021 we were able to mark this great achievement with a 3 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, Gazebo’s, Bunting, Hand Sanitizer and Jane’s 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. 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, 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 TEN years.

Andi Stevens, Mull Youth Theatre Director

‘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.’

Rebecca Atkinson-LordChief Executive and Artistic Director (Mull Theatre)