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Youth Theatre

Youth Theatre

Weekly theatre sessions for young people

The Playhouse Youth Theatre runs weekly sessions for people aged five to 19 years. We make work in response to Playhouse shows, commission new plays for young audiences, and develop theatre making and performance skills.

Leeds Playhouse Youth Theatre aims to open out our building and resources to young people, as well as open up creative opportunities for emerging theatre and performance makers. Through a collaborative process of making theatre, the Playhouse Youth Theatre produces work that responds to the lives of young people and recognises their talent. The Youth Theatre is committed to raising aspirations while developing skills, knowledge and understanding of young people’s experiences of making theatre.

The Playhouse Youth Theatre aims to:

  • Devise high-quality performance work which gives young people a voice and recognises their talent and creative potential.
  • Create performances of both classic and contemporary theatre which draws on the artistic excellence and professional standards of Leeds Playhouse.
  • Engage young people through creative sessions, as well as offering participants a range of creative and cultural experiences that will enrich their lives and the lives of their families.

Term Dates

Spring 21 Jan – 31 Mar (Booking Window 4 Jan – 16 Jan)

Summer 13 May – 21 Jul (Booking Window 1 Apr – 6 May)

How to Book

All sessions need to be booked and fees paid in advance during the booking window unless otherwise stated. Bursary places are available. If you would like more information please talk to a member of the Playhouse Youth team. Booking opens on the 4 January.

Bookings can be made in the following ways:

  • Online using the links below
  • By phone or in person at our temporary Box Office on Eastgate, 0113 213 7700 (Opening hours Mon-Fri 10am-5pm)
  • At First Floor on the Open Day Sat 12 January

What is the new Youth Theatre Offer?

During redevelopment we want to try out some new project ideas, offer additional drop in sessions as well as maintaining our ensemble training. This will create opportunities for Youth Theatre members to work across the different ages and try other production roles and art forms.

This term we are offering

  • Juniors - weekly sessions and projects for young people aged 5 to 10 years.


    Discover Playing Together for 5 – 7 year olds
    Sat 11.30am-12.30pm

    Jump on board with Phileas Fogg and friends. Stretch your imagination,
    learn theatre skills and tell stories inspired by our production of Around
    the World in 80 Days

    Explore Playing Together for 8 – 10 year olds
    Sat 9.30am – 11am

    Jump inside our production of Around the World in 80 Days. Learn skills
    in creating characters, using text and building your confidence on stage.

    New* Crazy about Puppets for 5 – 10 year olds
    Sat 9.30am – 11am

    This fun and exciting project will teach you skills in making and operating
    your own puppet. Learn to tell stories from a new perspective and
    expand your imagination whilst playing together.

  • Seniors - weekly sessions and projects for young people aged 11 – 21years.

    TERM DATES 21 JAN – 30 MAR


    Ensemble Acting 1 for 11 – 13 year olds
    Thurs 5pm – 7pm (First session 24 January)

    Passionate about acting and making theatre? This group will be exploring text and developing key performance skills as a member of an ensemble. Through exercises and play you will share creative ideas and learn more about ensemble performance.

    Ensemble Acting 2 for 14 – 19 year olds
    Mon 5pm – 7pm – (First session 21 January)

    Want to discover more about acting and making theatre in a fun and collaborative environment? This group is a platform for both individual and group expression. We will explore text using choral speech and movement whilst exploring physical & emotional connection.


    New* Monologue Masterclass for 14 – 21 year olds
    Tue 5pm – 6.30pm (First session Tues 22 Jan)

    Work with directors and theatre makers to learn a range of techniques for unlocking the potential of a variety of contemporary and classical monologues.




    Clowning About Sat 11.30am-1pm (Sat 26 Jan – Sat 23 Feb)

    Working with a professional clown artist you will develop your ability to improvise, enhance your stage presence and harness the discipline needed to captivate an audience


    ‘To thine own self be true’: Exploring Shakespeare
    Sat 11.30-1pm (Sat 2 Mar – Sat 30 Mar)

    Inspired by the Playhouse production of Hamlet, build your confidence in understanding and performing Shakespeare. Using the themes of betrayal and deceit, this project invites you to pull apart the play and get on your feet with Shakespeare.


  • Youth Theatre Ensemble Ages 16-21

    The Youth Theatre Ensemble Company consists of an ensemble of theatre makers who work together to tell stories for a range of audiences. Are you a confident actor and do you have something to say about the world? Are you imaginative, energetic, open to trying new ideas and keen to make theatre with other young people?


    Thurs 21 Mar 7 – 9pm

    Thurs 28 Mar 7 – 9pm

    Auditions will be bookable soon.

Easter Activity

  • WEEK 1 APRIL 1 - APRIL 3

    Make it Monday — Visual Arts

    Mon 1 April 1pm – 4pm Cost £5
    Exploring design from play texts to posters.
    Age 11 — 21 years

    Acting Up — Drama Taster Session

    Tue 2 April 10am – 4pm Cost £10
    Interested in making theatre and meeting new people? Come and join in this fun and creative session where you can participate in a range of drama activities to stretch your imagination and learn new ways to tell stories.
    Age 11 — 21 years

    Playing Us — Drama and Visual Arts

    Wed 3 April 11am – 3pm Cost £10
    Do you enjoy using your imagination to make stories come to life through drama and art? Come and join in this playful and creative session where you can make new friends, have fun and jump into the world of Roald Dahl.
    Age 5 — 10 years

  • WEEK 2 APRIL 8 - APRIL 10

    Acting Master Class

    Mon 8 10am – 4pm Cost £25
    Working with professional actors and directors this master class will give you practical insight into developing a believable and truthful performance. This is for young people with existing skills and experience in acting looking to be challenged.
    Age 14 – 21 years

    Introduction to Theatre Design

    Tues 9 10am – 4pm Cost £25
    Spend the day working with professional set, props and costume designer to learn how to bring your design ideas to life. The day will consist of reading plays, researching themes, sketching, and collage, developing design ideas and making scale models.
    Age 11 – 19 years

    Introduction to Actor/Musicians

    Wed 10 10am – 4pm Cost £25
    Are you a confident actor with some musician skills who wants to learn how to combine these performance skills? Bring your instrument and voice to spend the day developing your skills as an actor musician helping you take advantage of the ever-growing demand for versatile performers who can combine performance skills.
    Age 11 – 19 years

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Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital Partners
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors