Clevedon youth theatre launched by arts organisation

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 November 2018

Theatre Orchard is inviting youngsters to join its new group. Picture: Theatre Orchard

Theatre Orchard is inviting youngsters to join its new group. Picture: Theatre Orchard

Theatre Orchard

Youngsters looking to swap their televisions for real life drama can join a new youth theatre group in Clevedon.

North Somerset’s pioneering arts organisation, Theatre Orchard, has plans to open a youth theatre for a 10-week, term-time course at the Theatre Shop, in Clevedon’s Queens Square.

Theatre-maker, Angela Athay-Hunt, will lead the sessions and will bring a wealth of past experience to the role.

She has acted as an associate education director at Bristol’s Old Vic and has been behind projects at Theatre Orchard, the Travelling Light Theatre and The Egg.

The youth theatre sessions, for both juniors and seniors, will be inclusive and will explore theatre techniques, as well as offering up the chance for people to act in a professional theatre environment.

Angela said: “As a theatre-maker, I am so excited to bring a dedicated youth theatre to Clevedon, as part of the new Engage programme.

“Theatre Shop is the perfect, vibrant space to nurture creativity and bring out the budding actor in young people, with a ready made stage to showcase their talent.

“If you are aged seven to 16 and have a passion for making theatre, we would love to see you.

“The course makes an ideal Christmas gift and an activity for the new year.”

Theatre Orchard’s creative director Fiona Matthews said: “Theatre Shop is a unique venue in the middle of Clevedon and we want to share it with more people.

“The town has a lively, thriving community and it is great to be able to utilise the professional arts space.

“The youth theatre will provide an informal and supportive space for young people to interact and build life-long skills, as well as tapping into their inner sparkle and shining on stage.”

The sessions will run on Mondays, with the junior one suitable for seven to 11-year-olds being held from 4.30-5.45pm. This will be followed by the senior session for 12-16-year-olds from 6-8pm.

They will take place on January 14, 21 and 28, February 4, 11 and 25 and March 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Spaces, priced £55-60, can be booked at and more details found at

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