Gaiety ACT Out!
Gaiety ACT Out! 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 projects for those who face barriers to participating in the performing arts. Our activity is mostly based in areas of multiple deprivation where incomes can prevent people paying for existing opportunities, or in rurally isolated areas where opportunities to participate are limited geographically. Through our work we aim to increase wellbeing 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 490 young people and over 260 older people living with dementia
- Delivered over 800 hours of drama workshops in 31 different projects
- Delivered work in Tarbolton, Mossblown, Coylton, Symington, North Ayr (Lochside, Braehead, Whitletts), Ayr, Prestwick, Kincaidston, Maybole, Minishant, Kirkmichael and Girvan
- Supported young people to earn over 65 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 15 schools and 7 care homes
Get inspired – come ACT OUT at one of our fun and free drama groups!
ACT Out! Tarbolton (P4-P7 age) – Mondays, 6.30pm-8pm at Tarbolton Community Centre
ACT Out! Maybole (P7 age) – Tuesdays, 7pm-8pm at Carrick Academy Community Wing
ACT Out! Coylton (P2-P6 age) – Thursdays, 3.30pm-4.30pm at Claude Hamilton Hall (starting in February)
ACT Out! Coylton (P7-S3 age) – Thursdays, 4.45pm-5.45pm at Claude Hamilton Hall (starting in February)
ACT Out! Lochside (P4-P7 age) – Thursdays, 6pm-8.30pm at Lochside Community Centre
Gaiety Young Theatre Company
Calling all actors, writers, performers, directors, designers and artists aged 16-25! Come join our Young Company – a grassroots collective of creative young people who share a common passion and commitment. You’ll work with a professional theatre-maker to create new work and develop your skills in various areas of theatre, explore your creative curiosity and grow as a young theatre-maker. With the National Festival of Youth Theatre coming to The Gaiety in July 2017, this is an excellent opportunity to put your ideas, your voice and yourself on The Gaiety stage.
Weekly workshops on Sundays, 11am-1pm at The Gaiety Studio Theatre
£5 per week / £35 per 8 week block – paid on the door
Dementia Friendly Events
Join us every month for an afternoon of live entertainment, music and free refreshments – developed exclusively for those living with dementia, their carers and loved ones.
You’ll receive a warm welcome from our trained Dementia Friends staff in a relaxed, accessible and supportive environment. Audiences are capped so there’s more space to stretch your legs, additional signage is in place, there’s improved contrasting of surfaces, you can move around freely and we encourage you to get involved by singing along and getting up to dance!
Events begin at 2pm (doors open 1.30pm) in The Gaiety Studio Theatre – tickets £5 (companions go free). Delivered in partnership with Live Music Now Scotland and supported by South Ayrshire Charitable Trust SCO 45677.
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.
To discuss how we can work together, or for more information on joining one of our groups, please contact Rishaad Moudden on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01292 270924
“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
“Great for confidence and building friendships… Wee one has one been coming along for a few months and absolutely loves her time… I feel her confidence has come on a lot since starting drama… This has helped my child to be more outgoing and not be so shy she can now join in with other kids… Absolutely Brilliant!” – Parents from ACT Out! Lochside
“We learned creative skills and how to work together as a group … We improved our confidence to try out new things … Some of us would never have felt confident to do anything like this before!” – Pupils from Minishant and Kirkmichael Primary Schools
“The Gaiety provides our residents with precious present moments, steeped in musical memories alive in our hearts once more. A gift of being temporarily transformed to yester year, all done with warmth and inclusiveness. It’s fab!” – Wilson Merideth, Manager, Cumnor Hall Care Home
“I was surprised and delighted by how confident several of our shyer children were. The children enjoyed the project and loved the creative aspect. Parents appreciated that children had been offered an experience not readily available in school. I can’t think of any improvements.” – Fiona McDougall, Head Teacher, Cairn Primary