Saturday Youth Theatre (6-17 year olds)

Saturday Morning Youth Theatre

    Course fee

    £235 per term


    Concessionary Rate

    £180 per term (proof of disability and/or unemployment is required)


    Sibling Discount

    10% off for siblings of existing students (please enquire for further details on this)

The Saturday Youth Theatre has been running successfully for many years, providing drama classes that are challenging, educational and enjoyable. You do not need any previous experience to take part in the Saturday Youth Theatre, just enthusiasm and commitment.

A range of drama techniques and theatrical forms are explored including improvisation, voice, movement, devising and working with text. The students explore a termly theme culminating in a sharing of their work to carers, family and friends. Recent themes have included Shakespeare, Plays from the Royal Court and Physical Theatre.

The aims of the classes are to:

  • develop cultural literacy
  • establish an interest in the performing arts
  • develop confidence, teamwork and cooperation
  • promote an enjoyment of drama and theatre
  • develop skills in movement and voice and the ability to interpret text.

In order to achieve these aims, you are expected to meet the following conditions:

  • maintain regular attendance and good punctuality
  • learn any work set by tutors
  • attend in the final week when your group will share their work.

Please note:

  • classes are divided according to age
  • students are placed in groups and these are non-negotiable
  • students cannot be guaranteed a place in a group with a friend
  • places are allocated to all applicants strictly on a first-come, first-served basis
  • we do not run an agency
  • song and dance is not taught as part of the core curriculum
  • we expect all students to wear blacks (black leggings or jogging bottoms and a black top). We have a Central Youth Theatre T-shirt that is reasonably priced and we encourage our members to wear these. You can buy a T-shirt at registration, or during the term.

Students from the Saturday Youth Theatre have gone on to:

  • study on Central’s undergraduate and postgraduate acting courses
  • study at University College London (UCL)
  • study at Bristol University
  • study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
  • study at Arts Educational Schools (ArtsEd)
  • act on stage and screen.

Term Dates

Classes take place from 11:00am - 1:00pm on Saturdays. Registration begins on the first Saturday of each term.

We have now added a half term break into each term for the 2016/17 academic year.

Please note on the final three weeks' classes will have a longer running time, finishing at 2pm.

Autumn 2016 Term Dates

Saturday 8 October 2016 – Saturday 10 December 2016
Half term break Saturday 29 October - NO CLASS
Please note 26 November and 3 December classes are from 11am - 2pm

Spring 2017 Term Dates

Saturday 21 January 2017 – Saturday 25 March 2017
Half term break Saturday 18 February - NO CLASS
Please note 11 March and 18 March classes are from 11am - 2pm

Summer 2017 Term Dates

Saturday 29 April 2017 – Saturday 1 July 2017
Half term break Saturday 27 May - NO CLASS
Please note 17 June and 24 June classes are from 11am - 2pm