We meet every Sunday between 2 pm and 6 pm at the Curzon Centre. The group performs three times a year, at Christmas, Easter and the end of the Summer Term. We also enter the Maidenhead and Henley Festivals with one-act plays.
Members are encouraged to participate in all group activities, so consideration needs to be given to school work and other commitments.
You can join for a year as a Full Member or for 3 months as an Associate Member. The annual subscription for the latter is 60% of the full subscription. Our subscription is under £100 per year. There are two Dame Wendy Hiller Bursaries available on application.
We operate a waiting list and invite those on the list to the auditions for the following production. You may choose to join during a production and although you may not be able to perform there are plenty of other jobs which need doing in the Technical departments or front-of-house.
There is no audition to join. Whatever your experience or skill level, you are welcome.
The Young Theatre prides itself on the technical side of its productions. In the last three seasons, the group has invested thousands of pounds on new lighting and sound equipment. From the technical complexity of our annual pantomime to the seemingly simple main house productions YT works hard and puts tech front and centre.
We have a long list of past members who go on to work in the profession. Most notable, Olivier Award winning lighting designer Michael Hulls. He has been followed by technicians working in the West End, the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Court.
The group applies professional practice in all productions - each show is called by a Deputy Stage Manager, and unlike many groups, we invest heavily in technical time to achieve the standards we do. Technical members design, build, rig and operate across all the technical disciplines, including:
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Whatever your skill level, there is a place for you in Young Theatre. Performances are not just about the leads. In fact, at YT we pride ourselves on our ensemble work. In 2017 our younger members came second overall at the Maidenhead Festival with an ensemble play.
We recognise and nurture talent, ensuring an environment in which it can flourish. And most importantly, it is given time. Some of our most successful actors worked their way up through the ranks, so to speak. And with YT you get to take centre stage in plays you would normally never get to do (except at school, perhaps) and certainly not to our standards.
But it is not just about the acting. We support a wide range of theatrical performance disciplines. Movement (1984), dance (Panto), writing (Burnham Trophy) and directing.
We have a long list of past members who go on to act in the profession. From Richard Atlee (The Archers), William Tapley (V for Vendetta), Henry Lewis (The Play That Went Wrong), Rick Warden (Happy Valley), Robert Glenister (Spooks, Hustle), Joe Eyre (Orange Tree Theatre), Beth Eyre (Wooden Overcoats). Not forgetting those who went on to write - Kit Lambert (Doctors, Holby City, Eastenders) and those who now teach drama Phil Macken, Helen Staunton, Catherine Lambert, Dave Farey and Rob Bowen.
Then there those who stick around in the entertainment industry such as Zoe Ball, Chloe Mantripp (Circus Performer), Harvey Causon (Musician) and Leo Munby (Composer)