The Royal Lyceum theatre is home to one of Scotland’s largest and most successful producing companies.
The Lyceum Youth Theatre (LYT) is one of Scotland’s biggest youth theatre companies and is renowned as a producer of high quality contemporary theatre, by young people. They enable young people between the ages of 5 and 18 to get involved in drama, providing a broad range of high quality theatre experiences in a positive and supportive environment. Under the LYT banner, young people can develop their skills, not only in theatre and performance but also in terms of communication, confidence and creativity working with professional theatre artists.
LYT offers regular weekly drama sessions as well as a range of other projects, workshops and performances. Run with the ethos of a professional theatre company, LYT has performed in over 15 major Scottish venues, along with venues in London, Oslo and Seattle. LYT is also recognised as a reliable source of young Scottish talent and is regularly approached by casting agencies for film and television productions.
The Royal Lyceum Good Neighbour Funding
Provident originally partnered with the Royal Lyceum as a Good Neighbour partner as part of the Spark project. Spark was an arts education project which, managed by eight theatres for four years, brought creative arts education into hundreds of classrooms across Britain and Ireland. Through Spark, primary school children had the chance to rap, create, act, write, dance and sing for audiences of parents, classmates, teachers and MPs.
Spark created a lasting legacy in the children it reached. More than 10,000 children were able to explore new avenues, achieve new goals and foster new aspirations.
Following the success of Spark, Provident continued to provide funding for a new project called ‘Discover’ which, through the theatre works with three community groups from disadvantaged areas of Edinburgh.
Discover clubs are run within these local communities to provide high quality drama sessions for children who cannot easily access LYT (Lyceum Youth Theatre), for financial and social reasons. The young people take part in weekly workshops and have also enjoyed visits to the Lyceum Theatre for performances and backstage tours. Each group has also had the experience of performing their work to an audience.