Saturday Youth Theatre (6-17 year olds)

Saturday Morning Youth Theatre

    Course fee

    £250 per term

    Concessionary Rate

    £195 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 birthdate (not necessarily school year)
  • 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.

At Central the wellbeing and safety of our students is our upmost priority. All our youth theatre staff are subject to an enhanced DBS check and receive safeguarding training and advice. Please see Central's Safeguarding Policy for more details.


Saturday Youth Theatre students 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.

Application Process

Please note to confirm your child's place you must register via the link on the left hand side of this webpage and then call the office on 0207 559 3960 to make payment. A place is not confirmed until payment has been received. When you register, you'll be sent an email with a Student ID number in it - please have this number to hand when you contact the office.

Please note we'll be closed for the holidays from Wednesday 20th December reopening on Wednesday 3rd January at 9am. 

Once the course is full, we will operate a waiting list in case places become available. This will operate on a first-come, first-served basis in order of when people contact the office. To apply for a place on the waiting list please email the Short Courses team.

Term Dates

Classes take place from 11:00am - 1:00pm on Saturdays. Registration begins on the first Saturday of each term at 10.15am.

We have now added a half term break into each term for the 2017/18 academic year.

Please note from Autumn term 2017, the final three weeks classes will start at the slightly earlier time of 10am and finish at the normal time of 1pm.

Autumn 2017 Term Dates

Saturday 7th October 2017 – Saturday 9th December 2017
Half term break Saturday 28th October  - NO CLASS
Please note 25th November, 2nd December and 9th December classes are from 10am - 1pm

Spring 2018 Term Dates

Saturday 20th January 2018 – Saturday 24th March 2018
Half term break Saturday 17th February - NO CLASS
Please note 10th March and 17th March classes are from 10am - 1pm

Summer 2018 Term Dates

Saturday 28th April 2018 – Saturday 30th June 2018
Half term break Saturday 26th May- NO CLASS
Please note 16th June and 23rd June classes are from 10am - 1pm