Young Company at the Lawrence Batley Theatre

Running year round, our Young Company offers young people aged 6-17 weekly workshops to help develop their performance and creative skills.

The LBT Young Company members develop confidence, team-building skills and social skills whilst also developing their abilities as performers.

There are three different classes for different age groups. The Stage Door class is for children aged 6-8 and meets on a Saturday morning. The Studio 1 class is for young people aged 9-11 on Thursday evenings, and the Studio 2 class is for young people aged 12-17 on Monday evenings.

Each term, Young Company members attend a professional production at the theatre. The performances the young people attend inspires and informs the work that is produced with the groups during term time. Over the term the group works toward a performance at the end of each term. At the end of the Autumn and Spring terms the performances are informal and take place within the Attic theatre. At the end of the Summer term there is a full Young Company performance outdoor in the theatre’s magnificent Courtyard.

6 - 17 years old

Who the workshop aimed at
Anyone with an interest in creativity, performing and theatre

Benefit to Schools
Being a part of a large-scale, permanent arts project commemorating and celebrating diverse communities in Kirklees; project explores key themes of heritage and identity in a localised way; widening education on black history.

Benefit to Children/Young People
Learning about the shared heritage of Kirklees, discovering little-known stories of people in the town, being a part of a large-scale, permanent project commemorating and celebrating diverse communities in Kirklees, opportunity to explore their own heritage and learn about others’.

Educational Outcomes
Performance opportunity and skills development.

Additional Arts Award courses are offered on an ad-hoc basis.

Lawrence Batley Theatre aims to be affordable and believe that all their Young Company sessions and projects offer excellent value for money. Costs are worked out per term and can be found on the Lawrence Batley Theatre’s website. The theatre offers a reduction on their Young Company fees to those with a Kirklees Passport.

How the programme is delivered
In person at the Lawrence Batley Theatre

The groups and classes are:

Stage Door – for ages 6-8, Saturdays, 10:30am – 12pm

Studio 1 – for ages 9-11, Thursdays, 5pm – 7pm

Studio 2 – for ages 12-16, Mondays, 5pm – 7pm (From October 2023, our Studio 2 class will take place on Wednesdays, 5pm - 7pm)

Both our spring and autumn term run for 10 weeks, and our summer term runs for 12 weeks including a rehearsal and performance on our Courtyard stage.

How do I apply?

To enquire about joining Young Company please contact our Creative Associate, Keisha (keisha@thelbt.org). Everyone is welcome!
If cost is a barrier to getting involved, please contact us to see how we may be able to help.

Closing Date for Applications
Ongoing, open application

More Information
Visit the Get Involved section of the Lawrence Batley Theatre website: https://thelbt.org/get-involved/young-company/  


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