TEENAGE drama enthusiast Gemma Malek is enjoying the experience of a lifetime this summer with Scottish Youth Theatre (SYT).
Gemma (16), from Wormit, won a place on the group’s performance and production learning programme in the spring and has now been cast in the role of Hermia in Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
The play is being staged at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh as part of SYT’s ‘Twisted Shakespeare’ summer festival.
Madras College pupil Gemma said: “I was nervous about doing Shakespeare at first. The language is so different.
“Now I’m actually in rehearsals familiarising myself with the script, I feel more comfortable with it.”
The six-week performance and production course has been accredited by SCQF and SQA, meaning Gemma will have a qualification to show for her efforts.
She said: “I did the three week intermediate course last year and I knew at the end of last year’s summer festival that I would be coming back this year, especially when SYT introduced the credit rated course.
“It will be so rewarding to have something to show at the end of the six weeks.”
The ‘Twisted Shakespeare’ festival will see the bard’s work performend in unconventional styles.
In addition to ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, the programme also includes ‘Twelfth Night’ and newly devised show ‘An Eye For An Eye’, which is based on ‘Titus Andronicus’.
Alumni of SYT’s summer festival include Karen Gillan of ‘Dr Who’ fame and Hollywood superstar Gerard Butler — and Gemma has big plans herself.
She said: “Coming to the summer festival and performing as part of a theatre company has made me realise how much I love to perform.
“I’m definitely considering a career in either acting or directing and by doing the learning programme at SYT I will be one step closer to fulfilling my dream.”
To see Gemma performing in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ between July 31 and August 4, and for full information on the festival, visit www.scottishyouththeatre.org