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Youth Theatre

Youth Theatre

Weekly theatre sessions for young people

The Playhouse Youth Theatre runs weekly sessions for people aged 5 – 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

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.

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 4 May

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.

    TERM STARTS 13 MAY
    SHARINGS DURING UP NEXT FESTIVAL 22 JUL – 4 AUG
    GROUPS RUN EVERY WEEK AND THE TERM COSTS £110

    Discover Playing Together for 5 – 7 year olds
    Group A Sat 9.30am – 10.30am / Group B Sat 11.30am – 12.30pm
    (First session 18 May – Sharing 3 Aug)
    Make new friends, stretch your imagination, and learn skills in telling and
    making stories using a range of creative play activities. Share your work
    at the UP NEXT festival.
    Explore Playing Together for 8 – 10 year olds
    Group A Sat 9.30am – 11am / Group B Sat 11.30am – 1pm
    (First session 18 May – Sharing 27 Jul)
    Build your confidence, make new friends and stretch your imagination
    whilst learning skills in devising stories for the stage in a fun and
    collaborative environment. Share your work at the UP NEXT festival.
  • Seniors - weekly sessions and projects for young people aged 11 – 21years.

    TERM STARTS 13 MAY
    SHARINGS DURING UP NEXT FESTIVAL 22 JUL – 4 AUG
    GROUPS RUN EVERY WEEK AND THE TERM COSTS £110

    Ensemble Acting 1 for 11 – 13 year olds
    Thu 5pm – 7pm (First session 16 May – Sharing 25 Jul)
    Passionate about acting and making theatre? Share and develop your
    creative ideas as a member of an ensemble. Develop key performance
    skills in a collaborative environment through exercises that will both
    challenge and broaden your understanding of performance.
    Ensemble Acting 2 for 14 – 19 year olds
    Mon 5pm – 7pm (First session 13 May – Sharing 22 Jul)
    This term we will be inviting a visiting director to guide you through a
    theatre making journey in a fun and collaborative environment. Share and
    develop your creative ideas as a member of an ensemble and find out
    what it takes to devise high quality performance work.

    SENIOR PROJECTS FOR 11 – 21 YEAR OLDS
    THESE PROJECTS RUN FOR 5 WEEKS EACH AT A COST OF £55

    Introduction to Playwriting

    Sat 1.30pm – 3pm (Sat 18 May – Sat 15 Jun)
    Do you have an exciting idea for a play you want to write, or are you keen to learn about how plays are written? Working with a professional Playwright in a relaxed and supportive environment for 5 sessions, you’ll explore how characters are created, what makes engaging dialogue and different ways to structure scenes.

    Introduction to Performance Poetry

    Sat 1.30pm -3pm (Sat 22 Jun – Sat 20 Jul)
    Do you have something to say? Are you looking for an imaginative and powerful way to share it? Working with a professional writer, this short project aims to introduce you to creative ways to shape your words and build your confidence to perform your poetry.

  • 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? Then auditions for this group are termly.

     

Download BrochureAutumn / Winter 19
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Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital Partners
SOYO Moda
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors