Youth Theatre

Marat/SadeWe are currently looking for an enthusiastic Youth Leader to take over our Saturday classes. If you are interested, please look at our Jobs page.

Progress has a vibrant and happy Youth Theatre, split into 4 groups by age. Regular workshops involve theatre games, improvisations and theatre skills work. Older groups look in more detail at acting techniques.  The Floodlights and Blinders groups put on a production in the theatre in December. In March there is a joint youth/adult production and in July there is a one-week production that can involve young people from all groups. There are also in-house open workshops in the younger groups which parents and friends can attend.Youth Theatre shows are often challenging and always performed to a high standard. Past members have gone on to perform as adults, some of them professionally. Sir Kenneth Branagh is an alumnus.

"For me, what makes Progress different from other drama groups I've been a part of, is that it is not simply here to help improve young peoples acting ability and confidence but just as much to provide an atmosphere where each of us can develop as unique people." ~ Anna Livesey, a past member

 

Next Production:  One Million Tiny Plays About Reading

A joint Adult and Youth Theatre Production.

1 - 6 April 2019

A Highdown School girl gets her first crush in Forbury Gardens; two divers take their last leap at Central Swimming Pool; a conscientious MP visits a foodbank in Tilehurst; tempers fray at the 99th Reading Scout Group AGM; and, after drowning his sorrows at the Jazz Bar, a Reading FC misses the bus home.

Inspired by Craig Taylor's brilliant state-of-the-nation play, One Million Tiny Plays About Britain, this new devised work showcases and celebrates the people of bustling, hotchpotch Reading in a series of well-crafted snapshots, designed to delight, provoke and amuse.

Directed by Rachel Taylor.

Tickets via:  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/reading/progress-theatre/one-million-tiny-plays-about-reading

 

The Groups

Birdies: School Years 3, 4, & 5
Meet on Saturdays 9.30 – 11 am Mojo
Fees £60 per term
Leader: Ali Carroll

Parcans: School Years 6, 7 & 8 
Meet on Saturdays 11.30 am – 1 pm 
Fees £60 per term
Leader: Ali Carroll

Children can go on the list at any time and automatically move up to the next group’s list when they reach that group’s minimum age.  They are placed on the next group’s list based on length of time on the whole list.

Floodlights: School Years 9, 10 and 11
Meet on Mondays 5.15 – 7.15 pm 

Fees £75 per term
Leader: Rachel Mary

Blinders: School Years 12 & 13 
Meet on Mondays 8pm to 10pm
Fees £75 per term
Leader: Rhys Lawton

Group sessions are sometimes combined, so timings may vary.

We also run a week-long summer workshop for ages 11-18, independently of the youth groups.

The Hidden Truth Hockey scene from Daisy Pulls It Off Roses of Eyam

Other Information

Subscriptions should be paid before the start of each term.  

All workshops involve theatre games, improvisations and theatre skills work.  Older groups look in more detail at acting techniques.  

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If you would like your child to go on the waiting list or to attend a selection workshop, please provide

  • their name
  • year at school
  • a contact number and address.

An e-mail address is helpful if you have one.

Liz Carroll  - Youth Theatre Administration – youthgroup@progresstheatre.co.uk

All photos by Richard Brown