Town movie studio is a star attraction

An unforgettable day on the set of Outlander.
An unforgettable day on the set of Outlander.

A group of young Scottish actors were thrilled to win a dream trip to Cumbernauld – to tour the studio set of US cable drama Outlander.

After entering a competition run by Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (YTAS) to spend the day with Scottish actor Sam Heughan, the lucky winners visited the set of Outlander, in which Heughan plays a lead role.

Sam (patron of YTAS) launched the contest at the National Festival of Youth Theatre last month, via video-link.

The winners, from all over Scotland, spent the day watching the filming taking place on two vast sound stages at the purpose-built Cumbernauld studio.

They also enjoyed a tour led by Sam Heughan himself, visiting armoury, prosthetics, costume and props departments.

The series - a time travel romp through the dark and bloody side of Scottish history - has already launched in the USA, where it has generated massive interest.

Meanwhile the production has fuelled hopes that Cumbernauld could become a Scottish centre of excellence for similar projects in future.

Kenny McGlashan, chief executive officer of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, said: “YTAS is committed to supporting youth theatre and ensuring that high quality experiences are offered that help to transform young lives.

“As part of our youth involvement work, this studio visit produced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a group of young people to find out how international TV productions are made.

“We are grateful to our Patron Sam Heughan for making this visit possible.”

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland provides youth theatre organisations and freelance practitioners with opportunities that aim to develop professional expertise while providing showcase for talent.

Its membership scheme represents over 120 youth theatre organisations and freelance practitioners across the country.