Youth Theatre

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Supported in 2022-23 by Reading Borough Council Small Grants Fund

Our vibrant Youth Theatre offers weekly workshops for young theatre-makers or aspiring actors aged 7-18 years involving theatre games, improvisations, script work and developing technical production skills. Based in our gorgeous working theatre, we offer a supportive environment for young people to improve their skills, gain confidence and make friends. We grow a passion for theatre in our young people, stimulate their imagination, and help develop their enthusiasm and confidence to ask questions about the world around them. Sessions run weekly for 10 weeks each term.

At PYT we aim to:

  • Generate a safe and welcoming environment for each member.
  • Give every member the opportunity to gain an experience in various aspects of theatre.
  • Signpost towards mentee opportunities and work experience in both production and performance, in our theatre and the wider community.
  • Ensure that each member has access to an enriching range of new writing, contemporary work,  classical and world texts outside of the standard curriculum.     
  • Encourage the study of texts, dramaturgy and designs from marginalized identities; disabled people, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of colour) & other minority ethnic groups. And to provide open, easy access to any member from these backgrounds.
  • Provide access to shows and performances by local directors.
  • Give access to professional drama practitioners and their methodologies in workshops and master classes.


Summer workshops 2024

In August 2024, PYT will be opening up our "A Play In A Week" workshops to two age ranges.  These will be led by our highly experienced Youth Theatre Facilitators.

Across the week, students will workshop and learn a play to perform on the Friday evening for friends and family.

More info and apply.



"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 people’s acting ability and confidence, but just as much to provide an atmosphere where each of us can develop as unique people."

~ Anna Livesey, past member

When They Go Low (2019) - Photo by Richard Brown Poetry of War (2018) - Photo by Richard Brown
The Picture Of Dorian Gray (2017) - Photo by Richard Brown The Love of The Nightingale (2012) - Photo by Richard Brown