PLAYMAKERS Youth Theatre is returning this month for a new term and a new year of drama and musical theatre sessions.

The youth theatre offers young people the chance to create and perform their own original pieces of work and develop their confidence through practical sessions which explore all aspects of putting on a performance.

The sessions are open to anyone in school years four to seven and eight to 11, with attendees able to choose between joining the drama and theatre or musical theatre groups.

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With the assistance of industry professionals, the drama and theatre groups explore acting, character development, story generation, direction and more; the musical theatre groups concentrate on acting for musical theatre, choreography, creating stories, singing and more.

There are also opportunities for members to perform on the Theatre Royal Winchester stage and at Hat Fair – the UK’s longest-running festival of Outdoor Arts.

Playmakers Youth Theatre producer, Shian Hunter, said: “Our participants get this one-of-a-kind experience where they get to choose what they create based on what matters to them.

“They get to devise their own work, which is a way for them to find their voice and develop skills they can use now and in the future.

“For our participants, they become the centre of everything we do, everything revolves around what they want to do, not what we as adults want to do or what we have created for them to do.

“They get to start the conversation about the stuff that matters to them, and I couldn't be more proud to be a part of that.”

Playmakers Youth Theatre sessions are designed for all and to provide a safe environment for young people to be happy, develop confidence and thrive.

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There is financial support (including bursaries) offered to new and existing members for whom the price is a barrier to joining. Plus, local young people and their parents/guardians are welcome to sign up for a free taster session to see what Youth Theatre is about.

Playmakers Youth Theatre costs £85 per term – with an aim to provide all groups with 10 sessions per term. A loyalty offer is available for previous members.

The autumn term begins the week beginning Monday, September 25.

Anyone who is interested in attending a free taster session or wants to discuss financial support should contact Playmakers Youth Theatre Producer at
More information can be found on the Theatre Royal website.