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Youth Theatre

The Belgrade Theatre has a strong history of Youth Theatre, with the first groups being set up by the Theatre in Education Company as part of their service for young people in the 1960s.

The theatre currently runs five ‘in-house’ youth theatres that offer places for free:

  • Middle Youth Theatre 11 – 16 years

Developing young people’s skills in theatre techniques, including acting, singing, dancing, writing and directing as well as transferable skills. This group meets on Wednesdays during term time.

  • Senior Youth Theatre 16 – 21 years

Developing young people’s skills in theatre techniques, including acting, singing, dancing, writing and directing as well as transferable skills. This group meets on Tuesdays during term time.

  • Asian Youth Theatre 11 – 16 years

Seeking to encourage participation from and give a voice to young people from Asian backgrounds. This group meets on Wednesdays during term time.

  • Junior Black Youth Theatre 8 – 11 years

Seeking to encourage participation from and give a voice to young people from African, African-Caribbean or dual heritage backgrounds. This group meets on Mondays during term time.

  • Black Youth Theatre 11 – 25 years

Seeking to encourage participation from and give a voice to young people from African, African-Caribbean or dual heritage backgrounds. This group meets on Mondays during term time.

  • Backstage Youth 12 – 25 years

This group is a chance for young people aged 12 – 24 to find out about backstage roles in the theatre industry such as lighting, sound and stage management. This group meets on a project-by-project basis.

And two ‘outreach’ youth theatres:

  • Junior Canley Youth Theatre 8 – 11 years
  • Canley Youth Theatre 11+ years

Our Outreach Youth theatre provides activities within the local community at the Xcel Leisure Centre. This project is delivered in partnership with Warwick Arts Centre. This group meets on Tuesdays during term time.

Participants have the opportunity to develop skills in theatre techniques, including acting, singing, dancing, writing and directing. Groups also regularly work towards productions with the support of a professional creative team. The Community & Education programme aims to deliver original and quality productions that give a voice to the experiences of the range of individuals and communities that make up Coventry. To this end, the work is almost exclusively original and aims to provide an enjoyable and challenging theatre experience to its audiences, as well as a pride in work that has been locally produced.

Through participation in arts activity, young people develop skills that are useful for a career in theatre, but also skills that are transferable to real-life contexts, building confident, articulate young citizens with an active interest in the world around them.

The Belgrade’s Youth Theatre programme is currently free of charge. We also run weekly Youth Acting Classes on Saturdays every term for young people aged 8-16.


To join the waiting list for any of the above youth theatre groups please register your intereste by clicking the link below:

Register Interest

Hope, Care & Civic Engagement

This film was the product from the collaborative research project between the Belgrade’s Canley Youth Theatre, Coventry Youth Services and Warwick University. The group focused on the themes of Hope, Care and Civic Engagement and what it meant to them. The group worked on the project with Dr Rachael King, the UK lead for Professor Kathleen Gallagher’s international, multi-sited and collaborative research project; Youth, Theatre, Radical Hope and the Ethical Imaginary: an intercultural investigation of drama pedagogy, performance and civic engagement.

An IATL funded project.
This international research project is led by Professor Kathleen Gallagher (University of Toronto) in collaboration with Dr Rachel King, Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick.
Investigating “hope”, “care” and “civic engagement” in youth theatre.

Organisations or individuals wishing to get involved in The Belgrade’s Click Spring work should contact us on 024 7684 6741 or communityadmin@belgrade.co.uk