La Inestable 21 (Spain)

Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF)

La Inestable 21 Theatre Company was set up by the “Aula Municipal de Teatre de Lleida” (Drama School) in 2001 as a pre-professional, educational project. During these years it has enabled teenagers from the city to enjoy an experience which has taken them to the length and breadth of our country to theatres, festivals and competitions, whilst performing the shows at a high artistic level.

Broadly speaking, the project are within an educational and professional framework whose objective is to provide the teenagers with the experience of forming part of a “professional” theatre company.

Being a member of the company means participating in the creative process, creating a theatre production and going on a tour with that show during that school year around Spain.

The audience’s reaction on seeing and hearing “small yet great” actors and actresses is at first one of surprise and at then end of the show one of appreciation. The company demonstrates that it is possible to give an actual voice to our youth, seeing they are the future. Being used to receiving culture of all forms, they here become undoubtable protagonists, taking an active social role in society. Given that the project has won more than 60 awards and recognition nationwide, that 40 % of those who have participated in it during the last 15 years have gone on to do drama in higher education and 27% have become professional actors, shows that it has been well worth doing.
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