The award-winning Bunbury Banter Theatre Company opened a base in Dumfries & Galloway in 2014 and in 2015, they opened Bunbanter’s Scottish Young Theatre Groups; to benefit the young people of Mid and Upper Nithsdale.

Our drama classes are split into two age groups and meet weekly during term time, from 4.30pm, in Thornhill Community Centre.

No previous theatre experience is necessary to participate in either group, just a willingness to have a go!

Like all of their classes, the SYTG looks to develop student’s confidence, creativity and imagination performance skills and improve their self-esteem, literacy, social skills plus numerous other benefits.

The group meets every term time Monday between 4:30pm and 6:00pm

Term Dates


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Term 1

We begin the year with some really fun drama games and exercises focusing on confidence & skills building, developing best working practice, and focusing on the group’s ensemble work, technique and discipline. 

Term 2

In term two, we begin creating, developing and rehearsing their piece for the Christmas showing (usually held on the final day of term); which is collaboratively conceived with the students. 

Term 3

The annual Media Project starts – focusing on theatre skills away from the stage; we begin by deciding the medium (film or radio, for example) and then generating and developing ideas with the students. The students then rehearse and also learn the technical process to record/produce it. Everyone has the chance to both perform and crew. 

Term 4

We start the final term with completing the Media Project, and then return to the disciplined and focused technique work begun at the start of the year, but now with new knowledge, improved skills and further experience. 

In the second half of term, a block of weeks will be focused on either a play or particular style of theatre, encouraging the group to develop their own tastes and knowledge. 

At the end of the last session of the year we hold an ‘Open Evening’ which is almost like a celebration of the end of year with parents arriving, games and project-led videos, nibbles and sometimes even a mini performance. It also often involves sharing (the premier) of their Media Project and with their work from the year, displayed on the walls. This also offers prospective students (and their parents) the opportunity to come, meet and chat with us all.

Our students participate in an annual media class project, which have so far included: filmed commercials and radio plays.

Please see some examples below…

2015 Commercials

2016 Audio Plays

2017 Short Films

2017 Political Trailers

2018 Mockumentaries

To interact with the audio work our groups have completed to date please visit our SoundCloud page. Also to watch the videos please subscribe to our YouTube channel, and go to the Scottish Young Theatre Groups Playlist.

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