Youth Theatre

YOUTH THEATRE

ABOUT THE TORCH YOUTH THEATRE

 

At the Torch Youth Theatre our aim is to give you – children and young people from across Pembrokeshire - the chance to develop and grow in confidence to be yourself, express yourself and explore what theatre is all about.

 

That’s what we’ve being doing at the Youth Theatre for 45 years now. And we’ve been doing it successfully. Our approach is relaxed and welcoming and we’re here for anyone who’d like to join us, no matter your experience or background.

 

We focus on giving our YT members a safe space to explore theatre, giving everyone the opportunity to be creative and devise their own pieces, to take ownership of what they create and not just follow a script! We focus on confidence building, making new friends, sharing experiences, having fun and developing skills. And we do this in a safe and friendly space delivered by some inspiring guest practitioners from across the industry, as the Torch Youth Theatre goes through some exciting developments under incoming Artistic Director Chelsey Gillard.

 

Of course, not everyone who joins us, at the YT wants to be a professional actor or have a career in theatre, like Connie Fisher, Charles Dale or Sita Thomas who were all members a few years ago – along with lots of others too. Some of our previous members have gone on to use the skills they’ve learnt at YT by becoming doctors, teachers, make-up artists, cruise liner entertainers, artists, even parents! 

 

We believe our biggest achievement is seeing our YT members grow in confidence and spirit and taking the skills they learn with us into their everyday lives. 

 

See how you can join us and what we do below. Come on, give it a go…

 

 

WHAT WE DO WHEN WE MEET

 

At each YT session we learn new skills by taking part in various drama games and acting exercises, making new friends along the way. Each session is designed to raise young people’s confidence through acting and roleplay - and we just happen to have lots of fun along the way!

 

Senior YT members have the chance to develop different their skills in different disciplines needed for working in the arts. We focus on improvisation, devising and using different techniques for character development. We also teach all the usual fun drama games and acting exercises which aim to develop confidence in young people. We also have some ‘one off’ sessions led by industry professionals, and we have the chance to perform a showcase production in the Torch’s Main House when we want to.

 

TORCH YOUTH Theatre sessions are held on TUESDAYS during term time

 

Our next ten-week term starts on TUESDAY 20th September 2022

 

Junior Group One: School years 3 & 4 

4:00pm to 5:15pm

 

Junior Group Two: School years 5 & 6 

5:30pm to 6:45pm 

 

Senior Group One: School years 7, 8, & 9 

7pm to 8:15pm 

 

Senior Group Two: School years 10, 11, 12 & 13 

8:15pm to 9:30pm 

 

All sessions are held here at the Torch, and we vary where we work in the building, which can make it quite exciting.

 

If you or your parent or guardian would like any further information about the Torch Youth Theatre, or you would like to join us, please call us on 01646 694192 or email us at education@torchtheatre.co.uk 

 

  

 

WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT THE TORCH YOUTH THEATRE

 

What some of our current members say…

 

Years 3 & 4 Daisy and Millie and Nico

 

Daisy – I love coming to drama. It’s fun and I really enjoy it. We do different games and I feel happy and excited and I always want to do more!

 

Millie – coming to the Torch is really fun. I love playing the games. A 7-year-old can make a difference - I wish we could be here for longer and I want to have singing lessons.

 

Nico – I’ve been coming for 2 years. I like the games we play and if you want to be in shows when you’re older it gives you a lot of confidence. It’s one of my favourite things to do and I look forward to it every week. I’m 9 in 47 days’ time!

 

Years 5 & 6 – Morgan and Una

 

Una – I really like Youth Theatre. It’s funny and friendly. We play all sorts of games and we have challenges and we do shows. It teaches us how to be loud and confident.

 

Morgan– It’s definitely made me more confident. For example, someone wanted to change their role in one of the shows and I stepped in. It was quite nerve wracking but it turned out to be a good play and I felt amazing afterwards. I think I take what I’ve learned at YT to school – like miming.

 

Una – YT has helped me a lot. I’ve been coming for about 4 years. I think the Torch is fabulous and a lovely place to be. People are from everywhere and it’s fun when you learn how other people react to things. You might not meet those people anywhere else but you do here. It’s great.

 

Years 7, 8, & 9 - Ria and Roxy

 

Ria - I think YT is really fun while I’m learning. You can use what you learn at YT in real life. We do all sorts of fun games and improvising is the most creative.

 

Roxy – I’ve been coming for a year now and we’re learning new skills and how to improve. It’s great to get to know other people too. I’ve made lots of new friends and I just love coming here. I look forward every week to seeing people and doing fun stuff while acting. I’m glad I have the opportunity to do acting in my life.

 

Ria – You find new friends along the way as you’re doing activities together.  It’s really great.

 

 

Years 10, 11, 12 & 13 - Bradley and Maggie-May 

 

Bradley – I’ve been coming to YT for a bit less than a year and I’m loving it. It’s different to anything else I do – kind of chaotic but structured. We’re all different types of people but no matter what your personality is there’s someone and something here for you. You could get excited about toast while you’re here! It’s very social and we connect really well which helps in life. I don’t want to be a professional actor but I think I will carry on with it as a hobby.

 

Maggie-May – I’ve been coming to YT since year 4 and it’s a really welcoming environment and always very comfortable. It’s improved my confidence a lot and it’s social and I think we benefit academically too. We are learning new skills for the future. The people are great because we have similar interests and enjoy the same things. We’re like one big friendship group and we all get on well regardless of the difference in age. In school we probably wouldn’t speak to each other but at YT we share our perspectives and advice.

 

COME ON…JOIN US!

 

We like to offer any young person, who thinks they might be interested in joining us, a FREE TASTER on the first session each term, so come along and see if you like it – no pressure!

 

WHAT SOME OF OUR PAST MEMBERS SAY...

 

Connie Fisher

 

“For me this is where it all began…I was 13 and I didn’t have any serious hobbies. I liked singing but I wasn’t really sure what I was good at or what to pursue. A mate from school asked if I’d like to come along to a drama group in Milford which they’d been to a few times. Instantly I connected with like-minded friends who also loved theatre and from there my passion for acting grew. It was an escape, a way to express and explore emotion and a place to play without judgement. So, if you have the chance to get involved in an arts group or project in your community or at the Torch - DO IT - escape to theatre…  I did, and I’ve never looked back.”

 

 

Sam Freeman, Actor, (inc the Torch's 2021 Pantomime Cinderella and Calf 2 Cow's Wind in the Willows)

 

 

“Torch Youth Theatre was a hugely influential part of my career path. The summer school projects ran just as professional productions throughout rehearsals and performances. It was the beginning of my vocational training and prepared me for my future in actor training in higher education.

 

As well as giving me the opportunity to develop my acting skills, Torch Youth Theatre was a great social, professional and most of all fun environment. Some of my best memories as a young adult were those summers!”

 

 

Dr Sita Thomas, Director and Presenter 

 

 

“I have the best memories of being part of Torch Youth Theatre which was then led by Andy Greenhouse. I made friends, developed lots acting and performance skills, and was part of exciting productions. It was a significant part of my pathway to becoming a theatre director and television presenter today.” 

 

Sita is Artistic Director of Fio theatre company based in Cardiff. She is Creative Associate at Wales Millennium Centre, Associate Artist at National Youth Theatre, and Headlong Origins Director. Sita was previously Co-Artistic Director (maternity cover) of Common Wealth theatre. 

 

Sita holds a PhD from the University of Warwick and a Masters in Movement Direction from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is a trustee of Emergency Exit Arts and Young Vic and is part of the advisory groups for Refugee Week and Movement Directors’ Association. Sita is also a presenter of Channel 5’s milkshake!  

 

 

Yasemin Özdemir - currently starring in the Torch Theatre Company Production of Angel 

 

 

“I absolutely loved my time at Torch Youth Theatre; it was the highlight of my week. It was such a confidence boost for me to be in a room with other like-minded young people, and to all have fun, take risks, both fail and win epically, and learn more about acting and about myself. Being in an environment where you were supported and encouraged to push yourself out of your comfort zone and to just go for it was so character building, and helped me to be brave and back myself in other aspects of my life. I owe a lot of brilliant years to Torch Youth, and whenever I come back to visit the theatre it always feels like coming home.”

 

Max Macintosh - Social Worker and Torch Theatre Board Member 

 

 

“The Torch Youth Theatre had a huge impact on my life; my understanding of theatre and the arts was stretched, I met like-minded people, and as a young person it gave me a creative voice. Several of my peers went onto pursue careers in the arts; however, perhaps more importantly, the Youth Theatre provided a creative space that inspired young people to pursue their interests and be passionate about their endeavours.”

 

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