This year we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Shetland Youth Theatre, with an innovative production of The Tempest directed by John Haswell - join us to take part in this special production! 

As is to be expected from a Shakespeare play, ‘The Tempest’ deals with big issues, betrayal, love, redemption, forgiveness, sorcery, witchcraft, and power. It contains both beautiful verse and base comedy...

Shakespeare can seem daunting, however, this will not be an academic exercise or a period piece.  Shakespeare wrote plays to be performed rather than studied and was a storyteller for the masses, not just the elite. The themes are as relevant today as when first written, this production will emphasise that by making full use of the technical facilities at Mareel and will be both multi-media and contemporary.

This participation fee covers workshops and rehearsals with the director, tech and dress rehearsals and performances in the Mareel Auditorium.  

The first rehearsal will be at the Garrison Theatre on Sunday 2nd June from 2pm - 5pm. Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30pm - 9pm, and Sundays from 2pm - 5pm. Final performance dates/times are still to be confirmed, but will take place between 22nd and 25th August 2019.  


Over a quarter of a century, Shetland Youth Theatre has been presenting innovative productions in a variety of venues. The company has established a national and international reputation for its work. In this country, it has performed in Inverness, Edinburgh and on the Olivier stage at the National Theatre in London, while international performances have taken place in Helsinki, Berlin, and Copenhagen. On two occasions the company has presented full Shakespearian productions; ‘Macbeth’ in Scalloway and ‘A Midsummer Nights ‘ in Walls. SYT operates an open-door policy and participants range from 11-25.