Palace Youth Theatre - limited spaces available for Autumn 2019

The Palace’s weekly youth theatre for 7-19s

Open to all 7– 19 year olds, our youth theatre groups meet weekly during term time to develop performance skills and confidence in a fun, supportive environment. No audition is required to join and all are welcome. New members can take part in a taster session before committing to paying the term's fees.

To find out more about term dates or joining for the first time, please get in touch with our Take Part team on 01923 810307 or email takepart@watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk. Please get in touch to find out more. 

Need to pay for the term? Give Box Office a call: 01923 225671

 

Access and Inclusion

After our refurbishment our building is now fully accessible, with a lift up to the second floor where our PYT sessions usually take place and an accessible toilet by the studio. All of our workshop leaders and assistants run an inclusive and supportive room. We are able to adapt session content, delivery style and exercises to insure that young people with access needs can participate fully. If you are a young person- or a parent of a young person- who has a physical disability, learning disability or is a mental health service user and you want to come along and try out a session with us first before committing to the term, or check out the building facilities beforehand, please don't hesitate to get in touch and we can arrange an informal chat.

We also believe that finances should never be a barrier to participating in the arts and so we offer bursary places to young people from low-income families. To find out more, please get in touch with the Take Part team.

 

PYT 7-11s, Saturdays 9.45am - 11.30am (£70 per term)

With no auditions or experience requirements, the 7-11 youth theatre group is open to all abilities. Meeting weekly between 9:45-11:30am on Saturday mornings under the guidance of experienced Performer and Facilitator Gemma-Marie Everest, the group work on a range of topics varying from term to term. Sessions are designed to help children grow in confidence and develop team-building skills, expanding and nurturing their imaginations through dramatic exercises.

Participants conclude the term in preparation for an informal show for friends and family which is delivered on the last session. This is a great opportunity to see what your child has been up to!

If you are interested but still not entirely convinced, trial sessions are also available at the start of term to give a more practical demonstration of what our Youth Theatre looks like and how it operates.

This Autumn term will begin on the 28th September.

Our 7-11s spaces are often in high demand so do contact us with regards to availability at takepart@watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

PYT 11-14s, Saturdays 11.45am - 1.30pm (£70 per term)

The 11-14 youth theatre group is also open to all abilities, meeting weekly between 11:45-1:30pm on Saturdays. Lead by skilled Performer and Facilitator Gemma-Marie Everest, the group investigate key performance practices in a fun and stimulating way. The sessions aim to help children build strong communication skills as they develop core drama and performance skills, growing in confidence along the way. Trial sessions are also available at the start of term to give a more practical demonstration of what our Youth theatre looks like and how it operates.

The term will end in preparation for a showcase for friends and family which is delivered on the last session, allowing parents to see what they have achieved throughout the term.

This Autumn term will begin on the 28th September.

We are at fully subscribed at the moment, so to join our waiting list email us at takepart@watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk.

PYT 14-19s, Tuesdays 6.30pm - 8.30pm (£70 per term)

Meeting weekly between 6.30-8.30pm on Tuesday evenings under the guidance of the Palace Theatre's Associate Director, James Williams and experienced Performer and Facilitator Gemma-Marie Everest, the 14-19 youth theatre group work on a vast range of topics from term to term. The group is open to all abilities, and the sessions are designed to develop a growth in confidence and strengthen communication skills while developing fundamental drama and performance techniques. The group work towards informal sharing of work or public performances at the Palace Theatre and beyond!

This Autumn term will begin on the 24th September.

If you are interested but still not entirely convinced, trial sessions are also available at the start of term to give a more practical demonstration of what our Youth theatre looks like and how it operates. Email us at takepart@watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk for more information.

 

 

PYT Hubs: Young Orbital (free to local residents)

5:30pm-7.30pm, Wednesdays

Aged 11-17 and live in the WD25 area? Into film, acting, or creating and telling stories? We offer weekly youth theatre sessions that offer games, drama and opportunities to perform in a supportive and friendly environment, with some sessions focusing on supporting mental health, wellbeing and mentorship.

Young Orbital recently made the short film Disconnected, which was screened as part of the Watford Young Filmmakers Festival 2019.

When:
Wednesdays 6pm-7.30pm during term time

Where:  
Orbital Community Centre
Haines Way
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD25 7QU

Cost:
Free to WD25 residents
Drinks and snacks provided

To find out more, come along to one of our sessions, or call 01923 810307 or email takepart@watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

Young Orbital is delivered in partnership with One YMCA and supported by Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, Watford Community Housing Trust, The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust, Frank and Helen Neale and The Brian Maguire Charitable Trust.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do the trial sessions work? Do I need to bring anything?

It’s simply a normal session we would run at PYT which your young person can attend before committing to paying the terms fees, so they can experience our work first-hand and decide if it is a good fit for them.

Just bring yourself in some comfy clothes and make sure you’ve completed a membership form and emailed it to takepart@watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk at least 24 hours before the session. Each session usually has a short break, so bringing a drink and possibly a small snack is also a good idea.

How does the waiting list operate?

If any of our groups are fully subscribed, we will add you to a waiting list. We will contact the guardian by email or phone, and invite the child for their trail shift as and when a place becomes available at the beginning of the term.

My child behaves much older/younger than their age, can they go into a different group?

For the most part we recommend your young person staying in a group with those their own age. However, our groups all overlap by one year to allow for a small amount of flexibility when wanting to stay in a group with friends etc.

My young person has a birthday during the term which will push them into the next PYT age bracket, how does that work?

At Palace Youth Theatre we operate our age brackets based on the academic year the young person is in. For example, if they are in Year 9, they will be 13-14 during this academic year and therefore will stay in the 11-14s group and, if they are in Year 10, they are 14-15 during this academic year so they will be in the 14-19s group. This applies to all age brackets. Once they are old enough, most members move up groups at the start of the new academic year in September.

My young person has special needs, will the Palace Youth Theatre be suitable for them?

Our building is fully accessible, with a lift to the second floor where our PYT sessions usually take place and an accessible toilet by the studio. All of our workshop leaders and assistants run an inclusive and supportive room. We are able to adapt session content, delivery style and exercises to insure that young people with access needs can participate fully. If you are a young person - or a parent of a young person - who has a physical disability, learning disability or is a mental health service user and you want to come along and try out a session with us first before committing to the term, or check out the building facilities beforehand, please don't hesitate to get in touch at takepart@watfordpalacetheatre.co.ukand we can arrange an informal chat.

How do I pay for the term?

Once you have signed up for the youth theatre, or if you are an existing member, you can give our box office a call on 01923 225671 to pay for your place once the term is on sale.

What if I can’t afford Palace Youth Theatre?

We believe that finances should never be a barrier to participating in the arts and so we offer bursary places to young people from low-income families in receipt of benefits. To find out more, please get in touch with the Take Part team at takepart@watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

What is Young Orbital and how is it different to PYT?

Young Orbital is youth group we run in collaboration with the One YMCA to offer games, drama and performance opportunities whilst also focusing on supporting mental health, wellbeing and mentorship.

Young Orbital takes place between 5-7pm on Wednesday evenings for those aged 11-17 and is free to attend for those living in the postcode WD25.

(Young Orbital is delivered in partnership with One YMCA and supported by Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, Watford Community Housing Trust, The Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust, Frank and Helen Neale and The Brian Maguire Charitable Trust.)