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Youth Theatre

Develop your creativity and explore issues that are important to you!

Our ever-popular Youth Theatre groups are the perfect place for young people to develop creativity, build confidence and make new friends. Led by professional theatre practitioners, our groups meet weekly, work towards sharings for friends and family and have even joined the cast of Queen's Hall productions in the past!

We operate termly sessions for children and young people aged from 8 to 18. 

Down Stage

Performance group for ages 8 – 11

Mondays: 4 – 5.30pm

Up Stage

Performance group for ages 8 – 11

Tuesdays: 4 – 5.30pm 

Stage Note

Performance group for ages 12 – 14 

Mondays: 6 – 7.30pm


Performance group for ages 15 – 18

Tuesdays: 6 – 8.00pm

We strive to bring out the best in our young theatre makers

We want everyone to have a brilliant experience at our Youth Theatre. To ensure this, we abide by the values set out in the National Association of Youth Theatre’s Excellence and Inclusion Framework. 

These values are: 

Altruism: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Compassion: engaging with the world and each other knowing it is not always comfortable.

Cooperation: the give and take between artists and play, accepting compromise will sometimes be necessary for the benefit of the group.

Empathy: caring for others with a curiosity that constantly seeks new ways of being and creating together.

Forgiveness: allowing and recovering from potentially damaging mistakes.

Imagination: keeping ideas in the mind long enough to allow them to emerge.

Humility: being humble and accepting everyone has equal importance in the creation of ideas.

Magnanimity: the courage and generosity to give away ideas.

Patience: this is only possible over years!

Rapport: the magic language between individuals in tune with each other.

Tolerance: accommodating differences and allowing mistakes.

Trust: being respectful and honest with each other so we can experiment without fear.

Rigour: be prepared to practice and practice: with intention and commitment.

Susan Betts

Meet our Youth Theatre Leader, Susan Betts

Susan has trained and worked as an actor for many years, touring extensively across the UK and America.  She has over 14 years’ experience leading drama work with adults and children of all abilities, and in many different situations. She is an advocate of inclusive and ensemble theatre practice to ensure all children feel creatively valued.  She has had the privilege of leading Queen’s Hall Youth theatre development since 2010, when it started with just one session per week, and has enjoyed watching many Queen’s Hall youth theatre alumni continuing their creative dreams through University or drama school settings. She continues to enjoyed watching new members finding their feet. Whilst she has written several youth theatre plays, 2022 saw her write her first full length play for an adult audience.

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