Toonspeak Young People's Theatre (TYPT) are a registered charity who provide drama and theatre activities for 11-25's living in the North of Glasgow. We aim to be participant-led, with young people taking an active role in decision making and day-to-day running of projects.
The aims of Toonspeak include:
Provide quality drama and theatre activities in the North of Glasgow
Challenge territorialism and discrimination by bringing together young people from different areas and backgrounds
Empower young people through the opportunity to manage their own project
Raise young people's self-esteem through theatre and drama skills training
Let young people have fun and meet new mates in a safe and friendly environment
Provide quality entertainment to the audiences of the North of Glasgow.
Toonspeak aims to achieve the above through:
Free weekly drama workshops in the North of Glasgow for any 11-25's living in the area
At least one large scale production a year which will tour locally and to a city centre venue
An outreach programme of bespoke projects to benefit as many young people as possible through partnerships with other local agencies
An empowerment programme which encourages young people to take an active role in management through monthly masterclasses – e.g. marketing
Resource and skill sharing in the community.
We have a full time General Manager and a freelance Artistic Director. We also employ freelance staff for projects who are experienced theatre practitioners with a strong background in working with young people. Local adults who have participated in our training programme are also employed on a freelance basis.
We work in partnership with local agencies and organisations such as Glasgow City Council Arts Development, Community Action Teams, Glasgow North, North Glasgow Social Inclusion Partnership, Northern Rock Festival Group, Royston Youth Action, The Prince's Trust and local schools to name but a few.
In 2001, Toonspeak were awarded a Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum Award for best practice in using the creative arts as a catalyst for regeneration and/or breaking down the barriers to social inclusion.
For further information, contact:
General Manager – Lorna Shanks
Artistic Director – Sarah Longfield
Toonspeak Young People's Theatre
Unit 1A Millburn Centre
221 Millburn Street