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PEEK Youth Theatre

A performing arts group which gives youngsters in Glasgow’s east end the opportunity to produce, direct and star in their own productions has been given a financial boost from a Scotland-wide community funding programme.

PEEK Youth Theatre has received funding from the Ross and Liddell community bursary scheme – a project which provides support to organisations all over the country.

The group encourages children and teenagers to work together to create a production inspired by a topic they feel passionate about. Their latest performance, Listen, will be built around their thoughts and opinions on Brexit.

The funding received from property management company Ross and Liddell will help the group to access specialist training from performing arts professionals to enhance their skills and develop their production.

Helen Mill, creative learning development manager, said:

“The youth theatre continues to be a great success. We have a fantastic group of youngsters who organise every aspect of their performances.

“This is a really positive group which helps members build on their leadership skills, socialise and do what they love. Their latest performance is based on the current political climate, their own hopes and fears, and their individual values and beliefs.

“The funding is very much appreciated and will help us to make some great creative ideas come to life.”

PEEK Youth Theatre takes place every Wednesday evening at St Mungo’s Academy (church/school?) from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The theatre’s first performance of 2017 will take place mid-April.

The Youth Theatre is part of PEEK – Possibilities for Each and Every Kid – a community group which has delivered services across Glasgow’s east end since October 2000.

The group also operates numerous community groups including breakfast clubs for school children, volunteering and internships for young people. 

Ross and Liddell specialises in property management and maintenance, as well as providing a comprehensive range of residential and commercial services, including sales, lettings, surveying and insurance.

Now in its sixth year, the Community Bursary Scheme was launched to provide support to organisations all over Scotland that make a vital difference in their community.

PEEK Youth theatre is one of 33 groups to receive funding in this bursary year.

Irene Devenny, managing director of Ross and Liddell, said: “We’re very proud to be providing funding to groups all over Scotland in this year’s community bursary scheme.

“It’s so important that organisations like PEEK have access to funding to ensure that children and young people get the chance to take part in exciting drama activities which help to build confidence and create long-lasting friendships.

“We are thrilled to offer our support and know that the funding will be put to good use.”