Gaiety Creative Learning is The Gaiety’s community theatre outreach initiative across South Ayrshire for excluded young people and older people living with dementia .

We deliver a range of high quality creative projects in communities across South Ayrshire as well as within The Gaiety itself. Our Creative Learning department aims to remove any barriers people may experience in accessing theatre and offers opportunities in performance and technical theatre. We work in multiple locations including areas of deprivation where income may prevent participation in the performing arts and in rural areas where opportunities to participate are limited geographically. Through our work we aim to increase well-being by developing confidence, social skills, resilience and positive aspirations for young people, and by reducing loneliness and isolation for older people.

Since launching in October 2014, we have:

  • Engaged over 1,000 people, young and old through work delivered in: Tarbolton, Mossblown, Coylton, Symington, North Ayr (Lochside, Braehead, Whitletts), Ayr, Prestwick, Kincaidston, Maybole, Minishant, Kirkmichael and Girvan
  • Delivered over 800 hours of drama workshops in 31 different projects
  • Supported young people to earn over 105 awards
  • Worked with disengaged school pupils, young people with additional support needs and learning difficulties, recent school leavers and at risk young people
  • Worked with 18 schools and 7 care homes

Join in!

Drama Summer Schools

  • AGE 16 – 25 YEARS: Monday 5th August – Friday 9th August   11am – 4pm   [£20 per week]
  • AGE 12 – 15 YEARS: Monday 12th August – Friday 16th August   11am – 4pm  [£20 per week]

You will work alongside theatre-maker Robbie Gordon on contemporary plays and develop your theatre-making skills. Together, with your peers you will perform an original performance for an informal sharing with family and friends in our Studio Theatre.

Summer School places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.                                                                      Get in touch with Robbie Gordon (Creative Learning Coordinator) for more information and to apply on 01292 270 924 or email  robbie.gordon@ayrgaiety.co.uk 

Ayr Gaiety Young Theatre Co.

Mondays from 26th August –  7pm – 9pm  [£10 per month]

The Ayr Gaiety Young Theatre Company is recruiting new members for it’s 2020/2021 Season. In our first year, we have worked with National Theatre of Scotland on Wild Life FM and Danny Boyle’s Pages of the Sea; with the Playwright Studio, Scotland; Youth Theatre Arts Scotland; and in an ongoing collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on YOUNG BLOOD. We’ve taken our work to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Ayrshire and we want you to be part of our next journey. We’re looking for young people aged 16 – 25 who have a talent for performing and a passion for theatre-making.

Get in touch with Robbie Gordon (Creative Learning Coordinator) for more information and to apply on 01292 270 924 or email robbie.gordon@ayrgaiety.co.uk

Ayr Gaiety Youth Theatre

Mondays from 26th August |  5pm – 6.30pm  |  [£10 per month]

A brand new theatre company for young people aged 12 – 15 focussed on staging new and exciting plays. Come along to learn performance skills and work towards performing a new production in June 2020.

New Horizons

Tuesdays from 27th August |  10am – 12noon  |  [£5 per session]

A ten week block of classes for adults age 55+ who want to try something new. Developing skills in voice, movement and textual analysis the classes will introduce the work of recognised theatre practices and culminate in a small sharing of work to friends and family.

acting up – Dementia Friendly sessions

Join us on the last Friday of the month from June – October 2019 for an afternoon of acting, developed exclusively for those living with dementia, their carers and loved ones.

Our dementia-friendly, interactive acting sessions that will have you treading the boards in no time!  Delivered by our good friends from Livewire Theatre and building on the success of this initiative with Alzheimer Scotland in Kilmarnock, these themed sessions will recreate famous cinema posters, scenes and explore some improvisation.  You will be guided through some classic scenes by our expert staff in stimulating, fun sessions building towards an Oscar-worthy performance.

Acting Up sessions begin at  2pm in The Gaiety Studio Theatre – tickets £10 (+FREE COMPANION TICKET] includes refreshments. 

Delivered in partnership with LiveWire Theatre & Alzheimer Scotland 

Work with us

We work in collaboration with schools, youth clubs and community organisations to provide targeted work for disadvantaged young people most in need of help to access these experiences; supporting their personal and educational development. We also work with care homes, community groups and Hansel Alliance to provide a better quality of life for those living with dementia.

For work with schools, youth clubs and community organisations or for any information on joining our youth theatres or the Gaiety Young Company; please contact Robbie Gordon at robbie.gordon@ayrgaiety.co.uk or on 01292 270924

For work within care homes and community groups or for any information on our Dementia Friendly events; please contact Vince Hope at vince.hope@ayrgaiety.co.uk or on 01292 270927

“The Gaiety programme gave the children a great experience of theatre. It opened their eyes to a wide variety of jobs available in theatre which ensured every pupil was able to adopt a role they were interested in therefore pupil motivation was high. Using role play to explore areas of the curriculum enabled pupils to experience real life issues that may arise and made these more meaningful.” – Mrs Rodger, Doonfoot Primary School

 “It was a lovely afternoon. The residents are still talking about it days later, they absolutely loved it. We found it really relaxing environment and enjoyed singing along.” – Caroline Toal, Dundonald House Nursing Home

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