National Youth Theatre selected for Commonwealth Games

NYT performers at London 2012 ceremonies (Helen Maybanks)
NYT performers at London 2012 ceremonies (Helen Maybanks)

The National Youth Theatre (NYT) has been selected by organisers of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to create and perform the event's village ceremonies.

The ceremonies, which will feature outdoor theatre and 60 performers aged between 15 and 25, will include the opening of the athletes’ village, the farewell ceremony and team welcome ceremonies.

Paul Roseby, NYT’s chief executive and artistic director, said the opening and farewell ceremonies will be inspired by a modern Glasgow and its cultural references.

He said: "It’s fitting that the best of young British talent has been chosen to welcome athletes from around the world as they step off the plane and get their first impression of the Games.

"We’ll be staging youthful and inventive ceremonies full of spectacle and style that capture the spirit of Glasgow and we’ll get the party started."

The NYT created the Olympic and Paralympic team welcome ceremonies at London 2012, while a cast of performers from the theatre group also sang the national anthem at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the Bird’s Nest Stadium.

Jill Miller, head of Glasgow 2014 cultural programme and director of culture at Glasgow Life, said: "The opening ceremony of the athletes’ village will be one of the first experiences for the competitors when they arrive in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.

"The National Youth Theatre is working with young people from Easterhouse to deliver innovative and exciting ceremonies which will not only represent the spirit of Glasgow and the Commonwealth Games but will be an unforgettable experience for all those who take part."

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