Creative Communities

A Creative Community is one where everyone is given the opportunity to participate in, engage with, and discover the arts. Our work seeks to blur the lines between professional and community practice, and we produce activities that nurture creativity, develop skills, challenge minds, broaden horizons, and explore diversity.

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Latest Information on Corona Virus

Following the success of our Autumn term digital project, Whatever Makes You Happy, we will be launching a new digital project, Dark Sky Reserves, for our Youth Theatres in Spring 2021. Please see below for details.
If you are a School, community group or individual interested in taking part in creative activities with us please send an email to one of these contacts:


Rachel Fitzgerald, Creative Communities Manager:
Sian Thomas, Creative Communities Producer:


We are still doing everything we can to keep our staff, community, and participants safe and we look forward to getting creative with everyone again soon.

Tony, Rachel and Sian

Creative Communities Team



Youth Theatres – Digital




Dark Sky Reserves – a digital project for young people in Spring 2021

Due to current restrictions, and following brilliant feedback for our Autumn term digital project, Whatever Makes You Happy, we will be running an online project for young people in the Spring term of 2021.

Starting in the first week of February 2021, our weekly Zoom sessions are designed to be creative, active, social and fun – just what we all need!

To apply for a place on this project please read the information below and complete this form by Monday 25th January.

We have a limited number of places available for this project and may not be able to offer a space to everyone who applies. We will be in touch regarding the outcome of your application by Wednesday 27th January.


About the project

Dark sky reserves are protected spaces in the night sky, free of artificial light pollution, designed to allow human beings to enjoy, reflect upon and explore our nocturnal environment. 

This digital project will bring young people together to creatively explore themes including, the night-time, dreams, sleep and the cosmos. Participants will work with our practitioners and professional playwright and poet, James McDermott, to develop their ideas, which James will then turn into a piece of audio drama which the young people will record for a sound installation, in the summer of 2021.


Term dates

Week commencing 1st Feb – week ending 26th March (8 weeks, including a session during half term)



Youth Theatre 1 (school years 3&4 / age 7-9yrs): Tuesdays, 5 – 6pm

[Group Full] Youth Theatre 2 (school years 5&6 / age 9-11yrs): Tuesdays, 6.45 – 7.45pm

Youth Theatre 3 (school years 7&8 / age 11-13yrs): Mondays, 5 – 6.30pm

Youth Theatre 4 (school years 9&10 / age 13 – 15yrs): Mondays, 7.15 – 8.45pm

Senior Youth Theatre (school years 11 + (ages 15-20yrs)): Wednesdays, 7 – 9pm

Our Youth Theatre Squared groups for young people (11-25yrs) with additional needs will also be taking part in this online project, see below for further information on how to join those groups.


We will be charging fees for this digital project, but also have bursary (free) places available if you currently need one. Our fee structure is:

Standard Plus*: £75

Standard: £60

Second child: £40

Means-Tested (Universal Credit recipients or a young person living independently): £30

Bursary: A limited number of free places are available for those who otherwise could not access our activities. Please contact us if you would like to apply for one of these places. Current bursary holders will continue to receive a bursary place.

*Our Standard Plus fee includes an additional amount to help support our work and provide opportunities to those who otherwise could not access our activities.


Online Delivery

These sessions will be delivered via weekly online meetings using Zoom. For further information on what Zoom is and how to use it please see our Zoom FAQs here.

The safety of our staff and participants is one of our main priorities, whether sessions are taking place in person or online. If you want to take a look, our Safeguarding Policy can be viewed here.



Youth Theatre Squared (ages 11-15yrs and 16-25yrs)

If you’re a young person with a disability or additional need who wants to explore theatre making and develop your creativity, come and join us at these weekly sessions. Sessions will allow participants to explore the world around them, build their confidence and develop their theatre making skills.

This term our sessions will be delivered online as part of our Dark Sky Reserves digital project (see above).

Mondays 1st February – 22nd March (includes a session in half term)

Group 1 (11-15yrs or higher level of need): 5.45pm – 6.45pm

Group 2 (16-25yrs or lower level of need): 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Termly cost: £50 /  £30 if you’re in receipt of Universal credit or if the young person is living independently / Bursary (£free) places are available, contact us to find out if you are eligible.

Groups are allocated loosely by age, but also take into consideration the level of need. We will have a conversation with each family/carer and place each participant in the group we feel they will benefit from the most.

If you’d like to join please contact us:

Youth Theatre Squared is funded by:

Whatever Makes You Happy – 2020

In Autumn Term 2020, we ran Whatever Makes You Happy, a digital project for our Youth Theatre members.

The weekly online sessions were a place for young people to explore together the things, the people, and the places that they value and those things in these strange and confusing times that make them happy. It created an online community to support their resilience and wellbeing, and encouraged connectivity and creativity at the end of a challenging year.

One of our Senior Groups get creative online

Under current circumstances it is not possible for every person to perform or share their work in a public forum, but the spirit and creative ideas that came out of the sessions will be shared with an artist, who will shape the content into a piece of work, which will then be shared with family, friends and the public.

“I just wanted to reach out to you and thank you so much for including my child this term.  She has had the most awful few weeks mentally and your project has literally kept her going.”

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for your time and adaptability this term! As a parent I really appreciate that you have offered my daughter the chance to take part in something different, meeting new people even though we couldn’t go out!”

“It was really uplifting and gave me something to look forward to in the week. Even just seeing the people that would normally be in the theatre group was such a relieving thing, it felt like something was back to normal 🙂 “

“I just thought it was a really good release for everything that’s going on.”


If you would like to join our Youth Theatres or are interested in our digital work, please contact us at:

Schools: Spotlight on Skills

In the Spring of 2021, the New Wolsey Theatre, its staff, resources, auditorium, rehearsal room and participation space will all be available for schools to take part in a new and exciting active learning project with specific curriculum based content.

Working with professionals from the theatre, young people will reconnect with learning and the National Curriculum; discover career pathways in the creative industries; develop essential life skills, and use their creativity to reflect upon their experience of lockdown, all in a safe, fun, supportive environment that is Covid-19 secure.

As one of the arts organisations that has worked with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation on their Teacher Development programme, we have been a part of a wide-ranging project that has successfully evidenced that young people’s learning can be dramatically enhanced by a practical, art-based approach to animating elements of the National Curriculum.

An ‘active learning’ approach has been shown to be especially effective at eroding disadvantage and supporting young people who might not have thrived in a conventional school environment to reach their potential.

Regardless of where your school is in its delivery plan for Science, Computing or Mental Wellbeing, our programme could recap, introduce or support the teaching of these elements of the National Curriculum.

Click here to find out more about this exciting new offer.

We understand this is a period of uncertainty for the education sector, and we’d be happy to have a conversation about how we can be flexible with this work to engage with your school. Please contact either:

Rachel Fitzgerald, Creative Communities Manager:

Sian Thomas, Creative Communities Producer:

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