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Drama St Mary's Youth Theatre

For 13-16 year olds from underrepresented backgrounds.

The new Drama St Mary’s Youth Theatre is a free Saturday drama club open to young people aged 13-16. St Mary’s has teamed up with the National Saturday Club to offer this new weekly Saturday Club to teenagers from underrepresented backgrounds. This is part of St Mary’s University’s commitment to widening participation in Higher Education and the arts.

Across the UK, the National Saturday Club enables 13–16-year-olds to take part in creative subjects they love at their local university, for free. Drama St Mary’s is leading the Youth Theatre as part of the Saturday Club ‘Writing & Talking’ strand. 

Apply for the Drama St Mary's Youth Theatre 

Youth theatre

When is it?

The Youth Theatre Saturday Club will launch on Saturday 6th November 2021. The Youth Theatre will meet at St Mary's University, Twickenham on Saturday mornings from 10am-1pm, on most weekends for the rest of the academic year (2021/22). For a full list of dates, see the 'Frequently Asked Questions' sheet. 

The Drama St Mary’s department will use various rehearsal rooms and real theatre spaces on campus, at this address: 

St Mary's University
Waldegrave Road

About once a term there will be a Masterclass, trip to London or performance that takes place in a different location, or at an unusual date or time – we’ll let you know as early as possible. On the first Saturday, there will be signs and people to help you find the Club.

Who can join the Youth Theatre?

First priority for places will be given to young people who meet one or more Widening Participation criteria, to suport fair access to the arts and Higher Education. Examples of Widening Participation criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Students eligible for Free School Meals in the past 5 years
  • Students who have experienced Local Authority Care
  • Students from an ethnicity that is underrepresented in Higher Education (this could include Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, and Gypsy Roma Traveller communities)

Information on eligibility for our outreach programmes is available on our Targeting and Eligibility webpages. Please contact Nancy Bentley with any questions about eligibility for the Youth Theatre, or to provide any further information you wish to supply with your application.

What's the Youth Theatre going to be like?

You don't need lots of prior acting experience - everyone in the Youth Theatre will have different skills. Everyone will learn a lot about acting techniques, speaking and movement. It's a great way to gain confidence and make new friends. You will work with about 25 other young people of a similar age, and be guided by a talented and welcoming team from Drama St Mary's.

Our Director, Samuel Adebayo, will  lead you through several themes over the year, like becoming comfortable in self-expression, devising your own pieces of theatre, and performing for audiences. 

How to apply

You should apply by Monday 1st November 2021, via the National Saturday Club website. Just select 'St Mary's University' from the list of options, and complete the form with the support of a Parent or Carer. We will then be in touch by email with further information. 

Contact us

If you have any concerns like how to get to St Mary's University, or anything else, however small, we would love to hear from you.

Nancy Bentley
Widening Participation and Outreach Manager
020 8240 4247