The show goes on after Kinetic

Claire Bloomfield
Claire Bloomfield

YOUTH theatre provision in Levenmouth is to continue in a new form following the demise of Kinetic.

The Buckhaven-based project had to close earlier this month, blaming a cut in funding at the start of the year for its ultimate fate.

Last week, though, Kinetic’s artistic director, Claire Bloomfield, confirmed she is to start a programme of workshops at Buckhaven Theatre which will still provide local youngsters with a similar creative output.

Claire said: “The main aim of this youth theatre will be to provide creative learning experiences and performance opportunities that will allow the young people to flourish and grow as individuals.

“The youth theatre ethos will be young person centric and will focus on positive engagement.

“The group will be the driving force in moving this provision forward and shaping what it has the potential to become.

“I have had great support from parents, young people and members of the youth arts sector in the development of this provision and I’m very much looking forward to the work the young people will create and the direction in which we will head.”

Kinetic played a prominent part in theatre provision in Levenmouth for nearly 15 years, growing into an organisation which was recognised both locally and nationally for its quality.

However, the curtain came down after the cash cuts meant a restructuring programme needed to be implemented at the turn of the year and ultimately failed to work out.

Both MSP David Torrance and Councillor Alistair Hunter hailed Kinetic’s contribution to the community and said they hoped a similar group could be formed.

Kinetic, which was the trading name for Levenmouth YMCA, had worked with the Royal National Theatre and performed at the Aberdeen International Children’s Festival.

Claire said her fledgling project has already become a full member of the umbrella organisation Promote Youth Theatre Scotland and was looking in the coming months to become a constituted group.

•If you are interested in joining the theatre, contact C.Bloomfield@yahoo.co.uk.