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 with our professional teacher, Chloe.

 

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 3rd MAY 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!

 

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