How It Works
- Children can sign up at any time during the school term, and automatically move up to the next group when they reach the minimum age requirement.
- Group sessions are sometimes combined, so schedules may vary.
- We also run a week-long summer workshop for ages 11-18, independently of the youth groups.
School years: 3, 4, & 5
Meetings: Saturdays, 9.30am – 11.00am
Our Birdies group encourages young people in school years 3, 4 & 5 to learn new skills, make friends and have a go! During the sessions, we will focus on theatre games, short devising tasks and a bit of improvisation which positively stimulates the imagination and improves the confidence of our young members. Theatre workshops have been proven to have a wonderful impact on young people’s self-esteem, communication skills and literacy; we are proud of the friendly and supportive environment we have established over the years which enables us to continue this work and allows for young people of any level of experience to join in with our workshops. Birdies will have the opportunity to work with a script, perform on our stage and enjoy the culture of respect and kindness we actively maintain.
£80 per term.
School years: 6, 7 & 8
Meetings: Saturdays, 11.30am – 1.00pm
Our Parcans group gives young people in school years 6, 7 & 8 the chance to develop their theatre skills, learn in an encouraging environment and make new friends. During the sessions, we will focus on improvisation, devising tasks and games which stimulate the imagination and improve the young people’s creative practice. Parcans will have the chance to work with published plays, from Brechtian drama to contemporary writing, all of which will inform the development of our own work. There are also opportunities to perform in our in-house youth productions. We are proud of the friendly, vibrant and supportive youth theatre we have established over the years and the culture of respect and kindness we actively maintain.
£80 per term.
School years: 9, 10 & 11
Meetings: Mondays, 5.00pm – 7.00pm
At Floodlights (school years 9, 10 & 11) we offer participants the opportunity to delve deeper into theatre practices: investigating practitioners, processes and performance. Workshop sessions explore improvisation, devising and scripted work and participants will learn from the masters of classical text and contemporary writing to inform the development of new work of their own. Through this, young people can strengthen their technical skills as actors and enhance their capabilities in literary analysis and critical thinking.
£100 per term.
School years: 12 & 13
Meetings: Mondays, 8.00pm – 10.00pm
At Blinders (school years 12 & 13) we focus on building knowledge around different theatrical practitioners, focusing on advanced skills on stage and developing technical production skills backstage. We start the year looking at classical theatre skills and finish the year looking at contemporary theatre practice. We aim to produce at least 1 show a year that is open to the public.
£100 per term.