Grow Youth Theatre

Growtheatre Youth Theatre – Have Fun, Make Friends, Make Theatre!

Growtheatre’s ethos is to bring theatre and the outdoors together to develop the whole child.  

We meet in Ecclesall Woods on Thursday evenings in term time and run three groups:           

Juniors (School Years 3 & 4), Intermediates (School Years 5 to 7) and Seniors (School Years 8 +). 

During the course of each year, youth theatre members learn a whole host of drama, design, performance and outdoor skills. They are encouraged to work independently and imaginatively and to consider how the outdoor spaces might inspire them. Youth theatre members come to understand the importance of collaboration and creativity and are given many opportunities to take ownership of the creative process. Towards the end of each year we work towards making a piece of vibrant outdoor theatre that is performed in an outdoor location.

To apply, please fill in the Growtheatre Youth Theatre Booking Form by clicking on the link BOOKING FORM Growtheatre Youth Theatre 2017-2018


Youth Theatre Dates, 2017 – 2018

Juniors (Years 3 & 4): 5.00 – 6.00 PM, Intermediates (Years 5-7): 6.05 – 7.35 PM, Seniors (Years 8 +): 7.40 – 9.10 PM

Term 1 (10 sessions)

21, 28 September, 05, 12, 19 October, Half Term Week – 2 weeks off to accommodate Sheffield and Derbyshire LEA dates, 09, 16, 23, 30, November, 07 December

Term 2 (10 sessions) 11, 18, 25 January, 01, 08, 15 February, Half Term, 01, 08, 15, 22 March, Easter Holidays – 3 weeks off to accommodate Sheffield and Derbyshire LEA dates

Term 3 (12 sessions) 19, 26, April, 03, 10, 17, 24 May, Half Term Week, 07, 14, 21, 28 June, 05, 12 July

Summer Show Date Sunday 08 July 2018

Where We Meet

Woodland Discovery Centre and the surrounding woodland in Ecclesall Woods, Abbey Lane, Sheffield, S7 2QZ. Every week, we will try and work outdoors for some or all of the session


Come and try Growtheatre Youth Theatre for free and decide whether it is for you.

We ask that you pay termly, the cost per session is:  Juniors: £6.00, Intermediates & Seniors:  £7.50

It really matters to us that youth theatre is as open access as possible.  As a result we will be offering some supported places, please do talk to either Rachel if you would like to know more.

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Who runs Growtheatre Youth Theatre?

Growtheatre Youth Theatre is run by Rachel Newman and Sophie Hunter.  They are experienced theatre practitioners with 20 years experience of facilitating theatre and drama work with children and young people in theatres, schools, communities, museums, heritage sites, parks and the countryside.  They first met working at the Crucible Youth Theatre in the 1990s, where they delivered local, national and international workshops and projects that inspired a generation of young people from Sheffield.

All the skills the youth theatre members need – thinking, listening, being challenged, making mistakes, making decisions, communicating, working in groups, leadership, empathy, costume making, building, carving, writing, marketing, photography etc. etc! – will be learnt in weekly sessions or through partnerships we have set up with a team of professionals from the arts, environment and conservation fields.