Who we are
The Young People's Theatre is a not-for-profit youth theatre for 11 - 17 year olds based at the People's Theatre in Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne. We run regular term-time drama workshops every Thursday evening 6pm – 8pm to improvise, rehearse, play theatre games and discover more about all aspects of theatre.
We are an open, friendly and free group!
We stage 3 - 4 productions each year, giving all our members the opportunity to participate both on and off stage.
We pride ourselves on a rich and varied programme. It's our belief that young people have the potential to bring great theatre to the stage – from Shakespeare to Terry Pratchett!
We have no regular fees nor do we have an audition policy. We believe youth theatre can develop confidence as well as theatrical skills, and is a great way to meet new people from across our region.
Here are some of the things our young people have said about us –
“The people are great, the workshops are useful and the shows are fantastic!” (Jamie)
“It’s really helped with my confidence and acting skills. It is a great place to make new friends.” (Julia)
“I’ve been part of the Young People’s Theatre for about 5 years, I honestly don’t know where I’d be without it! It’s taught me all sorts from how to socialise with everyone to how to do an audition!” (Anna)
” Everyone is fun to be around and it’s a great club” (Maeve)
“The Young People’s Theatre has given me great experiences in drama, and lots of confidence to do more plays” (Patrick)
The next Young People's Theatre production
The next YPT production is The Blue Electric Wind by Brad Birch presented as part of the National Theatre Connections Festival. The performances are in February 2018 and tickets are on sale now.
Performers and backstage crew will be members of our YPT, ensuring our youngest members are able to experience the joy of performing and producing a show on the stage of our 500 seat auditorium.
We welcome new members to the Young People's Theatre. As a voluntary run and no fees group our places are limited so there is often a waiting list, currently young people wait between 6 -18 months for a place. We have one or two new members sessions per annum, in April and September, and we contact people to come to open days via email.
If you would like to join, you can apply online at www.ypt.org.uk