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Vacancy: Freelance Drama Facilitator

Progress Youth Theatre has been running workshops for young theatre-makers and aspiring actors for over 70 years. We are looking for an experienced, dynamic and positive freelance drama facilitator to lead our Birdies Group (School years: 3, 4, & 5) and Parcans Group (School years: 6, 7 & 8) on Saturdays 9.30am – 1pm. Our sessions are [...] Read more

WriteFest 2022 - Open for entries

WriteFest 2022 - Open for entries

Calling experienced or aspiring playwrights! Our short play competition, now in it's 16th year, is open for entries from 31 January 2022. We are looking for short plays, 8-18 minutes long. Chosen entries will be assigned to directors and presented at the theatre in our next season. This is your chance to get your work staged. Deadline for [...] Read more

Up Next - Radiant Vermin

Radiant Vermin

by Philip Ridley

15-20 November at 7.45pm | £12 (£10 concessions)

After a tremendous debut to our 2021/22 season with Secret Life of Humans, we’re excited to bring more excellent theatre to the Reading community.
Next on stage will be Radiant Vermin, by Philip Ridley. A story about the pleasures and pains of upward social mobility, the housing crisis, abuse of the homeless, and the lengths we’ll go to satisfy (and justify) materialistic greed.
Playful, provocative, and viciously sharp, this outrageous dark comedy will have you ‘dying’ with laughter.   

Socially distanced seating:

  • Tuesday 16 Nov
  • Thursday 18 Nov

Come As You Are night:

  • Wednesday 17 Oct (doors open 7pm)


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Lessons in Life

19 - 21 May at 7.45pm – Live via Zoom Webinar Next week we'll be opening the digital stage with Lesson in Life. Remember to book in advance so we can send you joining info in advance of the show! 2020 has been a year of reflection for many of us, and with the 1 year lockdown anniversary behind us, we'd like to invite you to an evening of [...] Read more

What's on April 2021

Radio Play FREE – First episode 4 April It’s been a year since our first lockdown and time just flies! Or it certainly feels like it for Monty at least, who has exactly one year to complete a mad challenge from her eccentric uncle. But when the choice is between a £100m inheritance... or a £700m prize... what would you do? Adapted and directed by [...] Read more

Get Involved: Youth Workshops, Shakespeare Auditions, Writing Submissions

Progress Youth - Acting Workshops

Youth Workshops

Last call for our digital taster sessions!
We have a vibrant and happy Youth Theatre, split into 4 groups by age. Regular workshops involve theatre games, improvisations and skills development. These online taster workshops serve as an introduction to the work we do with young people at Progress Theatre.

For more information about our youth theatre, please visit:

Places are limited to groups of 12 participants per workshop, so book soon!
Sessions on offer:

Monday 29 March, 5pm
FLOODLIGHTS (school years 9, 10 & 11)

Saturday 3 April, 11am
BIRDIES (school years 3, 4 & 5)

Saturday 17 April, 11am
PARCANS (school years 6, 7 & 8)

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Online Youth Workshops

Don't forget to book your place for our fantastic Youth Theatre's online taster sessions. Perfect for kids who want to improve their confidence, learn new skills and make friends! We've also added a third workshop for our Floodlights group (school years 9, 10 & 11). Each session lasts 45 mins and bookings are only £5. There are only 12 slots [...] Read more

A New Season of Digital Theatre

We are delighted to announce a new season of digital theatre, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Tickets are very reasonably priced at just £5. Book now The F Word By Conor Hunt -- Directed by Chris Moran 27 - 30 January Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons By Sam Steiner -- Directed by Caroline White 24 - 26 March Scratch [...] Read more

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