During the Coronavirus crisis we have had to stop our regular youth theatre sessions but we have sought to keep our youth theatre connected and working together creatively.
Using digital platforms such as WhatsApp and Zoom, the young theatre makers are continuing to devise what would have been their 2020 summer production, The Never Was. We will be aiming to make The Never Was into radio plays, rather than our traditional summer production.
Both groups of CYTM will also be taking part in Company Three's project; Coronavirus Time Capsule.
The company are inviting contributions from Youth Theatres in which teenagers document their experiences of the shutdown. They offer a stimulus every week and ask for 15 second videos by young people to be released online as a weekly diary. This is part of a national project.
Build drama skills and confidence by creating and performing in three original plays each year in our high-profile professional theatre.
CYTM develops young people’s skills as actors, writers and directors.
The shows have been a part of Light Night Leeds, Holocaust Memorial Day, and Carriageworks Theatre’s 10th birthday celebrations, to name just a few.
Led by professional writer/director, Ruth Cooper, the members do more than just learn lines; they learn to create performances from their own ideas and imaginations.
In creating a new play, CYTM work as an ensemble, developing teamwork and performance skills and increasing their knowledge of working in live theatre. They form a supportive group in which their creativity is nurtured and they are offered a genuine platform for their ideas.
"I really enjoyed watching Nothing Stays the Same and particularly the way, like other CYTM shows, the performance was clearly developed with the young actors involvement and stemmed from their own ideas. Ruth manages to get the balance right between a genuine interest in what young people have to say and a professional script and production that they feel proud to be part of."
CYTM Groups A (10- 14) and B (15-19) meet every Saturday during term time and each group create three original performances over the course of a year.
Download the CYTM Info Pack below for more information.
Young People's Arts Awards
We offer older members of CYTM the opportunity to gain a Bronze or Silver Arts Award as part of the group. The Arts Award supports young people to develop as artists and arts leaders and is a nationally recognised qualification run by Arts Council England and Trinity Guildhall. For more information visit www.artsaward.org.uk
Times: Saturdays during term time Group A 12:30pm - 2:30pm or 3pm - 5pm for Group B
"...it is truly an experience you cannot get anywhere else. The productions are always innovative and unique, and I'm so glad I came!"
How to Join
Due to high levels of interest every year, places will be filled by an informal audition process. It will be a group workshop audition in which the young people will be asked to take part in games and activities which will give a flavour of how we work, there is no need to prepare anything ahead of time.
This will also be your chance to meet us and find out more information about the CYTM.
To inquire about joining please contact Ruth by emailing or calling with your name, age and phone number.