Youth Theatre

Overview

Reading Rep Theatre, Reading’s multi-award-winning professional theatre, are thrilled to be a partnership with Reading Borough Council and Brighter Futures for Children. This project is funded by the Great Places Scheme and Arts Council England.

Reading Rep’s high quality and award-winning youth theatre provision is specifically designed for neurodiverse and neurotypical young people who want to improve their drama and acting skills in a safe and inclusive environment with like-minded people. Children and young people will have the opportunity to improve their vocal and acting skills, enhance confidence and self-esteem and, most importantly, have fun! 

From our home at Reading Studio in Reading College, Reading Rep run a huge array of classes to cater for all abilities.

By being attached to a regional producing theatre, our members have many opportunities such as seeing our work at a discounted rate and working with award-winning directors and playwrights.

Reading Rep Youth Theatre is an inclusive company: we offer concession rates and bursaries ensuring equality of access for all.

Reading Rep has won awards for their work with children and young people, including a Pride of Reading award, Reading Cultural Award and a Local Hero Award.

For more information or to book your place please email Associate Director Christie O’Carroll at christie@readingrep.com

£60 Per Term

Monday

6:30pm-8:30pm

Minis: 8-10 year olds

Juniors: 11-13 year olds

Seniors: 14 – 19 year olds

All of these classes are designed for children and young people, and also caters for those with mild learning abilities and/or additional needs. These weekly sessions allow participants to develop their skills and make high-quality work.

Youth Theatre members have the opportunity to work with scripts, devise their own pieces, explore musical theatre and to write their own work. Alongside shows and classes, members may have casting opportunities, trips to see performances, one-off workshops and end-of- term events. There is also the opportunity for participants to gain Arts Award.

For more information or to book your place please email Associate Director Christie O’Carroll at christie@readingrep.com

£60 per term

We offer bursary and concession places, money will never be a barrier to participation

£60 Per Term

Tuesday

6:00-8:30

Young Company 16-24 year olds

Reading Rep’s Young Company is geared towards those who have built up their skills and who are interested in more performance opportunities. The Young Company will work on at least two productions each year. These productions reflect the work of the professional company.

Our Young Company is led by its participants, allowing members to take ownership of directing, marketing, producing, and technical work as well as performing.  The young company also caters for those with mild learning abilities and/or additional needs

Our Young Company has been selected to participate in numerous national showcases such as Chrysalis, National Theatre of Scotland’s prestigious Youth Theatre festival, Exchange and the International Festival of Youth Arts.

For more information or to book your place please email Associate Director Christie O’Carroll at christie@readingrep.com

£60 per term

We offer bursary and concession places, money will never be a barrier to participation

FREE Per Term

Saturday

Saturday Short Breaks Provision 16 – 25 year olds

This is our specialist youth theatre for young people who identify as having moderate to severe learning disabilities or additional needs. These sessions allow participants to explore their creativity, play games, work with new people and most importantly have fun in a safe environment with trained professionals. There will be at least one public performance opportunity a year.

These sessions are funded by the Great Places Scheme and Arts Council England and are therefore free.

FREE

For more information or to book your place please email Associate Director Christie O’Carroll at christie@readingrep.com