Over the years we have assisted applicants to attend training with (amongst others):
•Guildhall School of Music and Drama
•Central School of Speech and Drama
•Telford College (running courses in stage management)
•Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts
•National Operatic & Dramatic Association
•Scottish Youth Theatre
•National Youth Theatre
•Dumfries & Galloway College
We have made awards to numbers of young people as well as adults.
Some of our previous award recipients, including the tenor Nicky Spence.
“The Wardlaw trust acted as a vital springboard for my passions in the arts a youngster. I am indebted to them for their boundless
support for my career which would not have been possible without them.”
“Thank you for helping to enable me to attend The National Youth Theatre Summer School in London……I learned a great deal about acting and the theatre …..I am now enrolled at Dumfries and Galloway College on the Theatre and Performing Arts Course”
“I am looking forward immensely to taking part in Scottish Youth Theatre’s Summer Festival ….. without help from the Ian Wardlaw Drama Trust, my participation would not be possible”
“I have been given a place at the National Youth Theatre in London ….. this year they had 4,000 applicants and offered places to 175 so you can imagine how thrilled I am to have been chosen”
“Thanks to the Ian Wardlaw Drama Trust for the bursary Rehearsing and performing in the Citizens Theatre is a privilege many young actors never get to experience, and I have gained a lot from being able to do so”
“Thank you so much for your help in my fundraising for Scottish Youth Theatre Summer Festival. I had a great time ….. without your help, I might not have had this super opportunity”
“I think what you do is brilliant.”
Highlights from some of our productions.
As well as funding individuals to train in the disciplines of theatre, we have made a number of direct contributions to live entertainment through our own fundraising productions.
1992, Old Herbaceous, by Alfred Shaughnessy
1994, The Duck Variations, by David Mammet
1995, Brief Lives, Patrick Garland
2003, Concert at Virginhall, Thornhill
15 Minute Theatre Competition
Wallace Hall Academy (1997 entry)
The idea for 15 Minute or Suitcase Theatre stemmed from John Lawson and evolved to raise funds, to stimulate imagination and to provide a platform for aspiring actors and directors regionwide. Each entry would entertain for 15 minutes with no setting and minimum props, using basic theatrical skills and being judged accordingly. The response was really inspiring, and four very successful competitions were held:
•1997, Theatre Royal, Dumfries – won by Wallace Hall Academy
•1998 – Theatre Royal, Dumfries – won by Wallace Hall Academy
•1999 – Lochside Theatre, Castle Douglas – won by Lochside Youth Theatre
•2000 – Lochside Theatre, Castle Douglas – won by Dumfries & Galloway Art School