Outlander leading man Sam Heughan joins the ranks of fellow Scottish actors in calling for support for the Scottish Youth Theatre, which has lost its funding.
Outlander star Sam Heughan joins a long list of celebrities who are using their voice to help save the Scottish Youth Theatre who is on the verge of closing its doors due to a cut in funding.
“This is so sad,” Heughan wrote on his official Twitter account. “Nurturing talent and promoting youth theatre and growth in talent should be a priority.”
The announcement came earlier this week with the theatre announced that it will “cease trading” as early as July 31, 2018, due to a failure to be funded from Creative Scotland. They said that without this funding they would be losing one-third of its income.
“We remain committed to delivering our activities up to the end of the summer period with as much energy and dedication as we always have, in a celebration of the children and young people we are so committed to serving,” said Board Member Susie Fraser via a press release.
Heughan, along with stars of Game of Thrones and Gregory’s Girl, has used his platform to shed light on the issue, which will affect so many Scottish children and young adults.
Even Diana Gabaldon, the author of the beloved book series, has taken notice.
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The theatre hosts workshops, classes, performances and much more and boasts an incredible roster of alumni including Kate Dickie, Gerard Butler, Colin McCredie, Karen Gillan.
Continued patrons of the Scottish Youth Theatre include Alan Cumming, Emma Thompson, and Richard Wilson.
Despite the bleak outlook, it does seem that at least the people at the theatre are feeling the love and support from their community.
For more information about the Scottish Youth Theatre, please visit their website at Scottishyouththeatre.org.