OUR STORY

OGGY OGGY OGGY. OI OI OI. YA BEAUTY.

HERE IS THE STORY OF FORTH CHILDREN'S THEATRE

Forth Children’s Theatre (FCT) was established in 1979. As a registered charity (SC016149), the organisation was set up with the aim, "To encourage further interest and active participation in theatre and drama among young people". To this day, FCT is proud to give young people in Edinburgh and beyond not only a chance to perform, but be involved in all aspects of theatre; from technical to direction.

We have received numerous prestigious awards over the years, including several Edinburgh Evening News and Capital Awards, SCDA awards and coveted Fringe Firsts as well as numerous five-star reviews. We have seen decades of change, most recently the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are more passionate than ever to providing our young people with the opportunity to do what they love.

FCT provides a safe environment for children and young people to learn more about theatre. They are encouraged to help in all aspects of a production not just on stage. Many of those who have been through FCT have come back to share their talent and experience including our creative director and marketing manager, who have such fond memories they can't stay away.

Despite all we have achieved, what’s most important to us is the experience the children and young people have as part of the FCT family. Why not come along and experience it for yourself?

 

Forth Children's Theatre in Edinburgh
OUR OBJECTIVE

To encourage further interest and active participation in theatre and drama among young people.

We strive to create a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for all involved with Forth Children's Theatre. Giving young people the opportunity to achieve their aspirations through active encouragement to help build confidence and interpersonal skills in both performing & theatre production.

 

We always uphold professional standards, giving young people access to the stage, allowing them the chance to forge a wealth of magical memories and lay the foundations for their future.

OUR FOUNDER

Peter Gorman, 30/05/1936 – 17/7/2007

Peter Gorman had a dream to put on a single show at the Edinburgh Fringe.  That one show became two, three, four, five then dozens and dozens.  His dream became Forth Children's Theatre and over the next 43 years, offered the opportunity to thousands of children to take to the stage and realise their dream.  

 

Alongside an army of volunteers, including his wife Jean and his children Mark and Jane, FCT became a nationally recognised name in Children's Theatre, and a fitting legacy to Peter and Jean's memory...... Oh and along the way he invented the "Oggy Oggy Oggy Oi Oi Oi" that we all love.

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