GRAND ARENA YOUTH THEATRE

The launch of Grand Arena Youth Theatre in collaboration with the Arena Theatre in September 2016 was a huge success! Available spaces sold out in 3 hours, and members currently enjoy learning new drama techniques from our professional practitioners, everything from improvisation through to physical theatre. With plenty of musical theatre and dance opportunities available locally to young people, Grand Arena Youth Theatre gives members a rare opportunity to devise their own dramatic pieces of work instead.

Since the group started members have produced four shows. The most recent show performed was by our Junior members aged 9-13 called The Three Little Pigs at the Arena Theatre on Tuesday 11th December 2018. The performance piece was designed to be all inclusive for those with access needs, focusing on the visually impaired and hard of hearing. Junior members worked with industry experts to develop skills in Audio Description, BSL and other areas of theatre access.

Currently our Senior members aged 14-18 are in rehearsal for ANIMAL FARM which they will be performing on the Grand Theatre stage Tuesday 21 May. To find out more about this production click here.

ABOUT OUR REHEARSALS

With plenty of musical theatre and dance opportunities available locally to young people, Grand Arena Youth Theatre gives members a rare opportunity to devise their own dramatic pieces of work instead.

Weekly rehearsals take place on Monday evenings at the Arena Theatre on Wulfruna Street from 6pm – 7.30pm for Juniors (aged 9 – 13) and 8pm – 9.30pm for Seniors (aged 14 – 18).

To be added to the Senior Summer Term Waiting List (June onward) or the Junior Autumn Term Waiting List (September onward), please contact Creative Learning Assistant Libbie Doyle via email at elizabethd@grandtheatre.co.uk with the full name of the young person and their date of birth.

PRACTITIONERS

Fran Richards
Practitioner

Fran has loved theatre from a young age and now has an extreme passion for small scale, devised and physical theatre especially that which is accessible to all. After receiving a first-class honours degree and the Jasmin Vardimon Award for Excellence in Physical Theatre whilst training, she began her career as a freelance Actor, working with companies including Birmingham REP, Shakespeare’s School Festival, Gazebo Theatre and Newave Art.

Alex Turner
Practitioner

Alex graduated with a distinction from Circomedia, the UK’s leading institution for Contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre, in 2013.

Since then Alex has been performing globally, headlining multiple international comedy and performance festivals, primarily as a stage performer but he also holds a range of on screen credits.

Specialising in improvisation and devising, he makes his own shows to tour and works as a director and producer for other companies throughout the UK and Europe.