Barn Youth Theatre

About Our Youth Groups

Simon Parr

Hi, I’m Simon Parr and I am lucky enough to be the Youth Director here at the Barn. 

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. The hard work and dedication of those that run the weekly sessions can not be over-stated and we thank them all, past and present, for the contribution and difference they have made to literally hundreds of young people.

You can also be a ‘youth’ member of the Barn Theatre without attending a Barn Youth Group. This 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.

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

Having a wonderful, solid and competent team of leaders running our groups is one thing but none of this would happen without Lucy Winston who runs the day-to-day administration of the groups – liasing with parents, managing waiting lists, placing students, moving students, taking payment from students, chasing parents for payment, the list goes on and on and she makes my lilfe a whole lot easier – thank you Lucy!

Barn 'Hermes'

The Senior Youth Theatre is known as HERMES and provides an opportunity for young people aged from 16 – 21 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 on Mondays during term time 8.00pm – 10.00pm. The sessions will include improvisation, play readings, characterisation, and group work. In addition, the Senior 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

For the more able and experienced, there may also be an opportunity to work on one or more of the Barn’s Main Season productions in the main theatre.

Any young people interested in working hard at on-stage performances or backstage theatre work are always most welcome.

"I can't stress the importance of youth drama enough. The experience and confidence our group members gain by participating is always wonderful to see and it helps them in every area of their lives"

Georgina Bennett
Hermes Group Leader

Junior Groups


Ages 9 to 11

Mondays 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Georgina Bennett


Ages 11 to 13

Tuesdays 5.45pm - 7.45pm

Georgina Bennett


Ages 13 to 15

Mondays 5.45pm - 7.45pm

Georgina Bennett

Term Date and Class Times

Summer 2021

W/c 19 April – 24th May 2021

Half term – W/c 31st May 2021

W/c 7th June – 12th July 2021

Pigwidgeon – Monday 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Hedwig – Tuesday 6:15pm – 7:45pm

Errol – Monday – 5:45pm – 7:45pm

Hermes – 8:00pm – 10:00pm

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?

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

Prospective Student's Details

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