Papers of SCYPT (Standing Conference of Young People's Theatre)

Scope and Content

The Standing Conference of Young People's Theatre (SCYPT) was set up to give Young People's Theatre (YPT) and Theatre in Education (TIE) companies a national forum. This collection includes papers generated by YPT and TIE companies, SCYPT and local and national theatre. The collection has been divided into 4 sub-collections: playscripts, YPT and TIE company papers, SCYPT administrative papers and miscellaneous material.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Standing Conference on Young People's Theatre (SCYPT) was an organisation established in 1974 to give Young People's Theatre (YPT) and Theatre in Education (TIE) companies a national identity to help with the development and expansion of their work. The organisation aimed to keep member companies in communication with each other and to promote their productions and educational output. Companies joined together under the SCYPT umbrella to improve artistic standards in YPT and TIE. This included the devising, writing, designing, directing and performing of work for children and young people. SCYPT represented the companies' interests nationally and encouraged initiatives to increase their status and support in the United Kingdom. Liaison with central and local government and other organisations, especially those concerned with the growth of drama and theatre for young people was part of its remit. SCYPT also aimed to promote and increase children and young people's interest in, and involvement with, theatre and the dramatic arts. Full membership of the organisation was open to professional theatre and TIE companies whose work was for children and young people. Other membership categories were available. SCYPT organised two conferences for members annually and published a journal. The organisation was disbanded in 1997.

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