Palace Youth Theatre - spaces available for Autumn 2019

The Palace’s weekly youth theatre for 7-19s

Open to all 7– 19 year olds, our youth theatre groups meet weekly during term time to develop performance skills and confidence in a fun, supportive environment. No audition is required to join and all are welcome. New members can have a free taster session before deciding to join.

To find out more about term dates or joining for the first time, please get in touch with our Take Part team on 01923 810307 or email takepart@watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk. Please get in touch to find out more. 

Need to pay for the term? Give Box Office a call: 01923 225671

 

Access and Inclusion

After our refurbishment our building is now fully accessible, with a lift up to the second floor where our PYT sessions usually take place and an accessible toilet by the studio. All of our workshop leaders and assistants run an inclusive and supportive room. We are able to adapt session content, delivery style and exercises to insure that young people with access needs can participate fully. If you are a young person- or a parent of a young person- who has a physical disability, learning disability or is a mental health service user and you want to come along and try out a session with us first before committing to the term, or check out the building facilities beforehand, please don't hesitate to get in touch and we can arrange an informal chat.

We also believe that finances should never be a barrier to participating in the arts and so we offer bursary places to young people from low-income families. To find out more, please get in touch with the Take Part team.

 

PYT 7-11s, Saturdays 9.45am - 11.30am (£70 per term)

With no auditions or experience requirements the 7-11 youth theatre group is open to all abilities. Meeting weekly between 9:45-11:30am on Saturday mornings under the guidance of experienced Performer and Facilitator Gemma-Marie Everest, the group work on a range of topics varying from term to term. Sessions are designed to help children grow in confidence and communication skills alongside developing core drama and performance skills.

Terms concludes with participants preparing an informal show for friends and family which is delivered on the last session, which is a great opportunity to see what your child has been up to. If you are interested but still not entirely convinced, trial sessions are also available at the start of term to give a more practical demonstration of what our Youth theatre looks like and how it operates.

 

Our 7-11s group usually fills up very quickly so we often have a waiting list for this group. Please get in touch with us to enquire if space is available.

PYT 11-14s, Saturdays 11.45am - 1.30pm (£70 per term)

With no auditions or experience requirements the 7-11 youth theatre group is open to all abilities. Meeting weekly between 11:45–1:30pm on Saturdays under the guidance of experienced Performer and Facilitator Gemma-Marie Everest, the group work on a range of topics varying from term to term. Sessions are designed to help children grow in confidence and communication skills alongside developing core drama and performance skills.

Terms concludes with participants preparing an informal show for friends and family which is delivered on the last session, which is a great opportunity to see what your child has been up to. If you are interested but still not entirely convinced, trial sessions are also available at the start of term to give a more practical demonstration of what our Youth theatre looks like and how it operates. 

PYT 14-19s, Tuesdays 6.30pm - 8.30pm (£70 per term)

The 14-19 youth theatre group is open to all abilities. Meeting weekly between 6.30-8.30pm on Tuesday evenings under the guidance of the Palace Theatre's Associate Director, James Williams, the group work on a range of topics varying from term to term. Sessions are designed to help nurture a growth in confidence and communication skills alongside developing core drama and performance skills. The group work towards informal sharings of work or public performances at the Palace Theatre and beyond. This term, the 14-19s are performing Two! Four! Six! Eight! at Imagine Watford.

 

 

PYT Hubs: Young Orbital (free to local residents)

6pm-7.30pm, Wednesdays

Aged 11-17 and live in the WD25 area? Into film, acting, or creating and telling stories? We offer weekly youth theatre sessions that offer games, drama and opportunities to perform in a supportive and friendly environment, with some sessions focusing on supporting mental health, wellbeing and mentorship.

Young Orbital recently made the short film Disconnected, which was screened as part of the Watford Young Filmmakers Festival 2019.

When:
Wednesdays 6pm-7.30pm during term time

Where:  
Orbital Community Centre
Haines Way
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD25 7QU

Cost:
Free to WD25 residents
Drinks and snacks provided

To find out more, come along to one of our sessions, or call 01923 810307 or email takepart@watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

Young Orbital is delivered in partnership with One YMCA and supported by Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, Watford Community Housing Trust, The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust, Frank and Helen Neale and The Brian Maguire Charitable Trust.