About Us

About us

We are a Community Interest Company, formed in 2012 by Rachel Newman and Sophie Hunter who have been creating theatre together since 1998, when they met on the staff team at the Crucible Youth Theatre.


What do we do?

Taking an outdoor space as astarting point, we explore the context in which it has developed as well as the new stories it has to share. People shape places and this interaction is a rich starting point to create exciting theatre. This means that anyone who makes theatre with us creates work based on the past, the present, the future or the never before imagined! By doing this, we hope that we will all grow to understand the integral part we all play on our environment.

Who do we work with?

We like to work in partnership with others. Working alongside Rachel and Sophie, are other professional artists and local people who have a strong connection with the spaces we are exploring, including staff from the National Trust, Sheffield Rangers Service, Peak District National Park Authority, as well as green wood workers and conservationists. These professionals will share their skills with Growtheatre youth theatre members, following the young people’s needs and interests.

Volunteering with Growtheatre?

If you are interested in our work and would like to volunteer for Growtheatre, we would love to hear from you!  This is what one our volunteers, Alex, has to say about her experience of volunteering with us.

In my two years volunteering with Growtheatre I can say it has been thoroughly enjoyable! I remember when I met Rachel and Sophie they were very friendly, fun and welcoming, which put me at ease. My love of being outdoors and my love of theatre has been strengthened by the experience of volunteering at Growtheatre and I have developed a new perspective on the creative path I wish to take. 

Working with the children has been wonderful, they are really creative and they have taught me so much just from watching their creativity flow in an open environment. Rachel and Sophie run very supportive sessions for both volunteers and the children. They are always there for advice and have helped me to develop my facilitation skills in a positive manner.  

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