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Youth Theatre

Every year nearly 250 young people aged 11 to 25 years old meet at Live Theatre or one of its satellite venues to take part in a series of free drama sessions. The aim of the Youth Theatre is to tap into the creative potential of young people living across Tyneside and encourage them to use theatre and drama to develop key social and personal skills that will be of use throughout their lives.

  • What's the format?
  • How to Join
  • Work Placements
  • Find out More

What's the format?

All members of Live’s Youth Theatre are given the chance to showcase their talents each year as part of an annual festival where they get the chance to perform on a professional stage for all of their friends and families to enjoy.

The year is broken down into three terms:

  • October to December
  • January to March
  • April to June
  • August (annual summer festival)

During each term weekly sessions are held at Live Theatre as well as satellite groups in the East end of Newcastle at Benfield School (Theatre East) and West end of Newcastle at Excelsior Academy (Theatre West).

Live’s Youth Theatre is split into four age groups which rehearse at the following times:

11-12’s Monday 6-7.30pm

13-14’s Friday 6-7.30pm

15-16A Monday 7.30pm-9.30pm

15-16B Wednesday 6.30pm-8.30pm

17-25’s Tuesday 7pm-9pm

Theatre West 11-13 Tuesday 6-7.30pm

Theatre West 14-17 Tuesday 6-7.30pm

Theatre East 11-13 Thursday 7-8.30pm

Theatre East 14-17 Thursday 6.30-8pm 

Kenton Tuesday 2.30-4pm 

Walbottle Wednesday 2.30–4pm

Should Youth Theatre be cancelled for any reason, for example due to bad weather, we will notify students and parents via the Youth Theatre group on Facebook. You can join the Youth Theatre group page here to receive regular updates and news regarding Youth Theatre sessions. 

Live Youth Theatre is a member of the National Association of Youth Theatres. All drama workers who lead the sessions undergo a Criminal Record Bureau check.

How to Join

To apply to the Youth Theatre click here to submit an online application form.

Once an application form has  been submitted you will automatically be added to the Associate Members list. As an Associate Member you will be invited to get a taste of the youth theatre experience by taking part in a series of special associate days and workshops as well as joining the other youth theatre members for the annual summer festival.

You will remain on the Associate Members list until a place becomes available in the relevant age group. Places will be offered based on the submission date of your application.  Please note: there is a waiting list of nearly 200 people for the 17 to 25 age group.

When offered a place new members will be given a Photographic/Filming Consent form and a Conditions of Membership form which must be signed by a parent/guardian if the member is under 16 years of age.

How to become a Youth Theatre Drama Worker for Live Theatre? 

Interested in becoming a Youth Theatre Drama Worker at Live Theatre then please email Sam Bell your CV and letter of interest.

If you have any questions please contact our Education Administrator Samantha Bell or SamB@live.org.uk call her on (0191) 269 3488.

Work Placements

Live Theatre offers work placements specifically for youth theatre members, providing an insight into the following areas: box office, administration, technical and stage management, marketing and the chance to shadow a drama worker. We also offer career advice opportunities.

Find out More

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about Live’s Youth Theatre please email the Administrator Sam Bell or call (0191) 269 3488.