Turrets Youth Theatre

Summer term starts Wed 14th April 2021. Runs Wednesdays during term time. Juniors at 4-5:30 pm and Seniors at 5:45-7:15pm.

First established in 1997, Turrets is now the in-house youth theatre company of The Witham community arts centre, providing access to drama-based workshops and activities for young people in Barnard Castle and the surrounding area.

Working with children from the age of 7+, Turrets is committed to delivering unique performance opportunities, providing formative creative experiences over 20 years for hundreds of young people across the region. With many alumni now pursuing careers in theatre and the wider arts, we pride ourselves on being a launch pad for creativity; providing a safe and supportive environment in which to build confidence, experience and attitude!

Through devised and scripted work, both groups work to develop imaginative and original performances, equipping members with invaluable experiences both on and off stage, and helping to bridge the gaps between primary and secondary school, when support and familiarity are invaluable.

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Juniors (4 pm – 5:30 pm)
Open to ages 7 – 11 years, The Juniors act as an introduction to all things theatre, and provides a nurturing and safe environment in which to explore the world. Our weekly workshops are full of fun and games, building confidence and trust amongst the group – core skills in life as well as on the stage.

Seniors (5:45 pm – 7:15 pm)
Open to ages 12+ years, The Seniors develop key acting skills based around improvisation, drama games and script work. The group explore different methods and techniques with guest facilitators and masterclasses, as well as through focussed rehearsals and productions.

SUMMER TERM

Workshops start Wednesday 14th April

Date: Wednesdays during term time

Time: Juniors 4 pm – 5:30 pm / Seniors 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

Having adapted to the necessary social distancing protocols in our workshop space, the Turrets facilitator team and The Witham are doing everything we can to ensure a safe, spaced and fun environment for our groups to work in.

The Juniors have spent the last months creating a new script and play, that explores their experiences of lockdown (and the magic that can occur when you really reach the limits of boredom!). Together with our facilitator team, the group will spend the term bringing their story to life.

In January, the Senior group was selected as part of a small cohort of youth theatres from across the UK to collaborate with London-based professional youth theatre Company Three. Together they are mapping the creative blueprint for a new stage production When This Is Over – and through the Summer Term will be developing their script and devising a scratch performance to be shared in late June 2021.

Price: £60/child (April – July 2021)

Contact group leader Rupert Philbrick via [email protected] for more information.