Interested in seeing, making and performing pieces of theatre? York Youth Theatre could be for you. If you are aged between 5 and 19 and want the opportunity to work with professional theatre practitioners and artists and perform onstage every year; apply today!
York Youth Theatre runs between September and July in three terms, meeting once a week. We believe process and product are of equal importance and aim to create excellent pieces of Youth Theatre whilst teaching theatrical techniques and fundamental life skills such as teamwork and communication and building self confidence. Each youth theatre group has the opportunity to perform at least once a year, either in the theatre Main House, Studio Theatre or in another venue.
Each term every youth theatre group attends a production which is linked to the Youth Theatre's work. This invaluable teaching tool develops young people’s theatre making skills and provides an excellent opportunity to develop our members’ theatrical knowledge. York Youth Theatre has also participated in exchanges with youth theatres in other countries to create work together. Recent youth theatre exchanges have included those with Estonia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Poland.
When do we meet?
The Youth Theatre runs between September and July in three ten/twelve week terms, each project group meets once a week during term time. During performance terms additional rehearsals may be called, details of these will be sent to you at this time and no additional charge is applicable.
How much does youth theatre cost?
There is a three-tier fee payment scheme, payable each term in advance. Each fee below includes a ticket to see a production at York Theatre Royal with the group.
From Autumn 2016 the fees (which include a ticket to see a show) are:
- £85 full fee
- £63 for families on low income (below £14,500 for a single parent family and below £16,200 for a family with two resident parents/carers)
- £31 for families in receipt of means-tested benefits
Theatre Trips are detailed in the termly newsletter
If you do not fit into one of these categories but would like to request a reduced fee for other reasons please contact us and we will do our best to help.
We also operate a limited access fund for those young people who would otherwise be unable to become involved with York Youth Theatre or for members who are experiencing short term financial restraints. This can also fund a mentor for an individual who would need one to one support in order to access the youth theatre. If you would like to apply for this fund please contact the Youth Theatre Director, Kate Plumb, directly on 01904 550154 or email email@example.com.
Please be aware that York Youth Theatre is very popular so it may be some time before a place becomes available for you. If there is not a vacancy for you for next term then as soon as a place becomes available at either of your preferred project times we will let you know.
How to register
To register for Youth Theatre please download and complete this form once completed please return to the email address above.
If you've already registered and are on our waiting list, please direct any enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any futher enquiries please contact York Theatre Royal's administration team on 01904 658162.
The most recent Youth Theatre shows were performed by three groups of 14- to 16-year-olds, Projects J, K and L, at York St John University from 7–9 May 2016. See images below.
"All in all, this was a thoroughly worthwhile youth theatre project, combining challenging ensemble performance with a theme that demands everyone's attention" The Press. Read full article here
This Changes Everything (Project J; directed by Kate Plumb; photo by Steve Monk)
The Trojan Women (Project K; directed by Paula Clark; photo by Chris Jones)
The Holding Place (Project L; directed by Matt Harper; photo by Dan Cashdan)
Below are a selection of photos from 'Here One Minute' and 'In My Fathers House', recent Youth Theatre productions.