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The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

Barn Youth Theatre

A production photograph from Pinocchio by John Morley
A production photograph from Pinocchio by John Morley

About Our Youth Groups

The Barn Theatre is home to an incredible community and provides endless opportunities on stage and off stage. The Barn Youth is the perfect introduction to this theatrical hub, with many of our members forming life-long connections with the theatre as a result.

We have a total of four youth groups. Three junior groups; PigwidgenHedwig and Errol and one senior group Hermes – their details can be seen below.

The Youth Theatre provides an opportunity for young people to have some theatre training and gain experience in performance, backstage work, and theatre practices and etiquette.

Members are expected to attend weekly drama workshops/training sessions. The sessions will include improvisation, play readings, characterisation, and group work. In addition, the Youth Theatre may be preparing a Barn main-stage presentation or for a show to be entered into the Welwyn Garden City Youth Drama Festival.

We are lucky to have a wonderful team of leaders running our group sessions and their hard work and dedication can not be overstated. We thank them all wholeheartedly, past and present, for the contribution and difference they have made to literally hundreds of young people.

Alumni

We have a huge number of ex-youth theatre members who have gone on to work professionally in the entertainment industry.  So many of these ex-members, and some current ones too, that now work as back-stage technicians and as actors and writers alike, have benefitted enormously from the foundations set in their early years, learning and enjoying the Barn Youth Theatre activities.

Groups

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PIGWIDGEON

Ages 9 - 11

(up to and including School Yr 6)

Mondays 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Tutor
Georgina Bennett

£75/term

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HEDWIG

Ages 11 - 13

(School Yrs 7-9)

Tuesdays 6.15pm - 7.45pm

Tutor
Georgina Bennett

£75/term

The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

ERROL

Ages 13 - 15

(School Yrs 9-11)

Mondays 5.45pm - 7.45pm

Tutor
Louise Pardy

£95/term

The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

HERMES

Ages 16 - 21

(School Year 11+)

Mondays 8.00pm - 10.00pm

Tutor
Sean Scotchford

£95/term

Barn Youth membership confers full membership of the Barn Theatre.

The Barn Youth sessions are predominantly drama-centred activities as opposed to musical theatre.

Meet the Tutoring Team

The Barn Theatre is home to an incredible community and provides endless opportunities on stage and off stage. The Barn Youth is the perfect introduction to this theatrical hub, with many of our members forming life long connections with the theatre as a result

Barn Youth is a place to have fun, explore your imagination, meet new people, and develop as a performer

Barn Youth provides a safe and playful space for it's members to learn new skills, gain confidence, improve techniques as a performer, and to make friends. It's a particular joy teaching the youngest of the groups, seeing how much they grow in confidence and how much fun they have learning new skills and challenging themselves

Jacqueline Clayton runs the day-to-day administration for the Youth Groups. Jacqueline liaises with parents, manages waiting lists, places students, moves students, take payments and the list goes on and on.

Term Dates

Autumn 2023

11th September – 20th October

Half term
( w/c 23rd October )

30th October – 15th December

Spring 2024

8th January – 16th February

Half term
( w/c 19th February )

26th February – 29th March

Summer 2024

15th April – 24th May

Half term
( w/c 27th May )

3rd June – 12th July

How to Join

If you would like your child to be added to the waiting list for any of our youth groups, please complete the form below. We’ll acknowledge receipt of your request and let you know when a place becomes availble.
 
We look forward to hearing from you.

Step 1: Which group are you interested in joining?

Prospective Student's Details

Step 2: Parent/Guardian Details (Primary Contact Information)

* denotes required fields.

You can be a ‘youth’ member of the Barn Theatre without attending a Barn Youth Group.
Youth Membership entitles you to audition for any Barn Theatre show throughout the year and provides the opportunity to get involved backstage too should you wish to, but of course, you do not have to pay for, or attend, the weekly group sessions.

If you have any queries or questions please contact

Jacqueline Clayton
Youth Director

 

WE'RE Here To HELP

Do you have a question? Do you need help?

Feel free to contact us and we’ll be more than happy to answer your questions.

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