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Shetland Youth Theatre are looking for young people aged 11-25 years to join in with their celebratory production of The Tempest this summer! No previous involvement with youth theatre, or drama, necessary.

Over a quarter of a century, Shetland Youth Theatre has been presenting innovative productions in a variety of venues. The company has established a national and international reputation for its work. In this country, it has performed in Inverness, Edinburgh and on the Olivier stage at the National Theatre in London, while international performances have taken place in Helsinki, Berlin, and Copenhagen. On two occasions the company has presented full Shakespearian productions; ‘Macbeth’ in Scalloway and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Walls.

“The prospect of a full-blown multimedia Shakespeare production is incredibly exciting. For me Shakespeare has always belonged on the stage rather than in the classroom. I find it amazing how many people of all ages can come out of a great performance of a Shakespeare show and say ‘I really got it’. It is my fervent hope that this production will feature a large cast, including those who have never been involved with Shetland Youth Theatre before, and that both they and the audience will ‘really get it’. Shakespeare is for everyone.” (John Haswell, Director)

Set on a remote island of full of lovers, villains, fools and outcasts, ‘The Tempest’ deals with big issues, betrayal, love, redemption, forgiveness and power in a supernatural world of witchcraft, shipwrecks, savagery and chivalry. The Shetland Youth Theatre production will be utilising all the modern technology of Mareel auditorium to capture this powerful story with a contemporary twist.

The first rehearsal will be at the Garrison Theatre on Sunday 2nd June from 2pm - 5pm. Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30pm - 9pm, and Sundays from 2pm - 5pm. The final performance will take place between 22nd and 25th August 2019.

Places can be booked in person at Mareel, by phone on 01595 745500, or online at

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