Eden Court

If you are a young person based in the Highlands with a love of drama, dance, musicals and all things theatrical, Eden Court is likely the first venue that come to mind when considering going to see a show. Did you know there are a number of ways you can actively get involved with the organisation? Myfanwy Morgan tells us more.

Eden Court is a fantastic and established theatre nestled in the heart of Inverness and the Highlands. The building boasts two wonderful theatres, two cinemas and a host of easily manipulated spaces. The staff consists of a wide array of skilled, welcoming performance practitioners and hardworking administration. The Theatre stages regular, stimulating shows with their Young Company, staff and touring company’s. They also hold skills workshops varying from dance to film skills, acting to musical theatre. All of which give a fantastic first foot on the ladder into their respective industries.

Eden Court hosts many different events that bring together groups from all over the Highlands and gives plenty for the creative souls of Inverness to do.

They offer SQA courses for those that do not have the opportunity to do it at their High School’s. National Five, Higher Drama and Higher Dance.

Burns night and Ness Islands. Where groups from all over the Highlands gather to Inverness to celebrate the relative holidays.

LAMDA classes for children, teenagers and young adults. Where they can obtain LAMDA grades, a fantastic fun class for all ages and gives the teenagers that CV boost they may feel they need. Follow this link for more info.

I was 15 when I first became an ambassador for my high school. I wasn’t sure what I was signing up for. But boy, was I glad I had done what I used to do when I was younger. Randomly volunteer for anything arts related. And although putting yourself forward for a majority of projects is a positive learning curve. Always listen, contemplate, then accept. So, I had next to no knowledge of the project and what it entailed.

But, my ambassadorship would set up many future projects, where I was given the chance to network and show my skills. We’d see a show each term and have Q & A’s with the casts. We’d have workshops run by professionals in near every section of the creative industries. The Ambassadors scheme is an initiative set up to help the arts grow in areas where they may not usually be nourished. But it’s as much a help to each individual ambassador as it is to their community. It was through my ambassadorship I became connected with the Highland Youth Arts Hubs, with whom I’ve had the chance to partake in many more amazing projects.

I owe both Eden Court and HYAH a tremendous amount. I’m still in further education studying Acting and Performance at Performance Arts Studio Scotland and hope to soon either begin to build a career in the industry or continue to study.

Please check out the website as there’s plenty of shows to catch and classes to sign up for. But here’s the link to apply to be an ambassador *wink, nudge*

For more information please visit: www.eden-court.co.uk