We have a lively junior membership for 7 to 18 year olds, plus our special Cheers group for young people with learning difficulties. The membership is divided into age groups as shown below and these groups make up our Curtain Raisers. On reaching 18, some of our members stay to help run the junior groups and others progress to adult membership
There are opportunities to take part in youth theatre and adult productions, skills workshops, including technical skills, Festivals, most notably the NT Connections project organised by the National Theatre, end of term showcases and theatre trips. We are members of National Association of Youth Theatres. Not only do you get the thrill of being on stage but being in the Curtain Raisers is a great way to make new friends, boost your confidence and self esteem, learning how to work as a team but mainly JUST TO HAVE FUN! Here's what a few members had to say...
About the recent production of Goodnight Mister Tom: "We’ve been rehearsing for nearly five months and it’s nearly over… I’ve made a tonne of new friends, did things I never thought I could do, faced fears, felt feelings that I’d never felt before, made a whole lot of new memories and most importantly been welcomed into, not a club, but a family." Solly, 13.
"Although it can be a challenge, it is also a privilege to work with such an inspiring group of young people." Youth Theatre Leader.
Applause: for children from 5 to 11 Mondays 6.00pm to 7.00pm
Bravo: for young people from 12 to 16 Tuesdays 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Cheers: for young people 12+ with learning difficulties Wednesdays 6.00pm to 7.00pm
Encore: for young people from 12 to 16 Thursdays 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Fanfare: for young people 16 to 18 in full time education Thursdays 7.30pm to 9.00pm