Creative summer with OnFest

Les Miserables Schools Edition'On at Fife Youth Music Theatre
Les Miserables Schools Edition'On at Fife Youth Music Theatre

Young Fifers interested in music and theatre are being given the chance to get involved in a series of productions and workshops this summer.

OnFest 2013 has been launched to offer creative projects to young people between the ages of six and 21 over the school summer holidays at two Fife venues and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The programme is being provided by Youth Music Theatre Scotland (YMTS) in conjunction with On at Fife.

Productions and workshops will take place at Kirkcaldy’s Adam Smith Theatre and the Lochgelly Centre, as well as in the capital.

Some projects similar to those planned this year have been done in the past, but this is the first year of OnFest.

Janet Robertson, creative director of YMTS and On Creative, told the Press: “The theatre has always had some projects on during the summer, but OnFest is keeping them under one umbrella.

“And last year only a tiny company got to go to the Fringe, but this year we’ve set up a partnership with Edinburgh Academy to stage two weeks’ worth of things there.

“Last year we got good feedback and the experience the young people got from it was unbelievable.

“It meant a lot to them to be part of a huge international event like that.”

Scheduled productions and workshops will run from the end of June to mid August.

Among the eight projects lined up are workshops in dance, drama, music and writing for theatre, as well as the staging of productions.

Musical productions will include ‘Jungle Book Kids’, ‘Les Miserables Schools Edition’ at the Edinburgh Fringe and a production of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ at the Adam Smith Theatre.

The popular musical will be performed by 11 to 21 year olds, in what is thought to be the first performance of the show by any youth theatre group in Scotland.

Organisers are confident there’s a good variety of things for young people to choose from.

Janet continued: “We have something planned for all ages, whether it’s appearing in a production like ‘Jungle Book’ or ‘Phantom’; playing musical instruments; taking part in dance workshops.

“We’re offering young people plenty to get their teeth into.”

Full details of all the projects that are available, what’s involved in each, who can apply and the application forms themselves can be found online at