QYouth provides young people with a vibrant introduction to theatre craft, in a professional theatre setting.

Weekly workshops for ages 6-18 develop creativity, confidence and team-work, as well as offering valuable opportunities to perform on the Queen’s Theatre stage and elsewhere.

Our younger members start their journey with the QSteps Programme our building blocks to developing performance skills. Older members graduate into our Young Company Programme, offering performance and technical opportunities for those who wish to develop further a range of theatre techniques.

Step 1 gives our youngest members a fun introduction to theatre by opening up their imagination through play, allowing them to jump into the world of acting in a friendly and supportive environment. Step 1 members will develop confidence, creativity and theatre skills, enabling them to take to the stage in a range of performance settings.

Step 2 helps further build young people’s confidence through drama games and exercises whilst taking a leap into improvisation and devised performance. Members will use drama and theatre to develop creativity, unlock potential, celebrate identity and have fun.

In Step 3, we encourage members to take ownership of their ideas and nurture their theatre knowledge. Members will tackle advanced improvisations and exciting new plays, whilst building on their performance skills and learning to perform confidently to a wider audience.

Step 3 is for students in school Year 7 – Year 9.

QYC is our advanced theatre programme that prepares young people for further drama school training and gives them key opportunities to audition for semi-professional or professional theatre productions. As well as giving them a solid foundation of theatre practices, members of QYC Performance will improve confidence, vocal technique and team-building skills that can be applied to any work or education setting.

QYC Performance is for Year 10 – Year 13.

Our technical young company explores practical skills with hands-on technical theatre training, introducing the principles of sound, lighting, stage management, set and costume design. Members will hone skills through problem-solving activities and operating technical equipment under the expert mentorship of the professional technical team at the Queen’s Theatre.

QYC Technical is for Year 10 – Year 13.

‘Fantastic workshops for children! The Queen’s Theatre has been instrumental in my two sons’ happiness – they both belong to the QT groups, now my daughter wants to join!’