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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)

Romeo & Juliet

by William Shakespeare, directed by Tony Wernham
Open-air production in the Reading Abbey Ruins


The return of the open-air Shakespeare this July has us buzzing with excitement. Don’t miss your chance to appear onstage at the magical Abbey Ruins!

Auditions will take place on the 3rd and 5th of April from 2:30pm with potential callbacks on the 10th April. Due to pandemic restrictions, we can only see 4 people at a time so it's ESSENTIAL that you register with us before turning up.

For more information and to sign up please visit:




Writing Submissions

DEADLINE: Sunday 4 April at midnight

Just 1 week to go until writing submissions close for Scratch Reading! If you’re a keen writer, get in touch before 4 April. It’s completely FREE, and if selected, you’ll get to speak to the cast and audience for feedback that can help develop your skills even further.

How It Works

  • 3 - 4 scripts will be pre-selected ahead of performance on the 24 April.
  • A director and cast will be allocated to each script.
  • Rehearsals will take place on the day, a few hours ahead of the live performance (script in hand).
  • Each performance will be followed by a Q&A session with the writer, inviting all involved to provide constructive feedback on the piece.