Community cashback boost for youth theatre’s production

Members of Forfar Dramatic Society's Youth Theatre who are preparing for their latest production of Alice in Wonderland.

Members of Forfar Dramatic Society's Youth Theatre who are preparing for their latest production of Alice in Wonderland.

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RBS has awarded £250 to Forfar Dramatic Society’s Youth Theatre to help fund its activities and its current production of Alice in Wonderland.

The award has been made through RBS’s Community Cashback programme, introduced as part of the bank’s ongoing commitment to the communities in which it operates. It helps community groups, schools and charities in which its staff make an important contribution in their own time.

Staff member Elaine McEwan, who volunteers with the Youth Theatre on a regular basis, qualified for the award as she has given over 200 hours of her own time to the youth theatre in the last year.

She has helped the group stage the production “Forfar Tales” as a co-production with the adult club, as well as helping to film and edit “Think Global” - a film made by the Youth Theatre which examines the threat of climate change and how changes of lifestyle can reduce carbon emissions. The film was funded as part of the grant of just over £18,000 from Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Climate Challenge Fund to insulate their rehearsal hall.

This is the second year the Youth Theatre has secured funding through the Community Cashback scheme. Last year they received funding which contributed to “Forfar Tales”, and the running of the regular Sunday night sessions.

Elaine is currently part of the team working on Alice In Wonderland. This adaption of the popular novel will see the Youth Theatre use a variety of masks and puppets in an exciting new version of the story.

Elaine said: “It’s good to see the Youth Theatre doing something that will develop new skills. They all seem to really enjoy being part of the production.”

The RBS award will help pay for materials for the masks and puppets, as well as the other production costs.

Dramatic Society President Neil Paterson said: “Our youth theatre relies heavily on volunteer. This award highlights the work they do and brings a tangible benefit to the youth theatre. Elaine is one of a team of volunteers who support the youth theatre and we’re grateful to all of them for their efforts. The club as a whole is going through an exciting time as we continue to upgrade our premises.”