Nottingham Youth Theatre (NYT) is
the oldest established Youth Theatre in the City at over 35 years
old and is based at College Street, the
Arts in Education Centre in Nottingham. The current
company is the remnant of a wide provision
of Arts Education opportunities out of school/college for young people
open to anyone between the ages of 10 and 20 and auditions are
held regularly. The group is split into three
groups 10+, inclusive and 14+ that meet every week of the year for
workshop sessions and more often during production time.
The group is
currently around 100 strong and produces a wide range of performance
pieces including musical and music theatre, dance theatre, classic
modern plays, adaptations and commissioned items. For current, future
and past productions see our Event
calendar and archive.
There is an
expectation that members are there to learn and develop through the
creation of performance work for a public audience. Members are expected
to work at a high standard of commitment and application as well
as performance and production skills and
re-audition to retain membership. Besides indicating continued commitment,
we believe re-auditions also widen experience of repertoire.
The group makes
visits to performances and has workshops from visiting professional
practitioners, some of which are ex-members of the company.
Nottingham Youth Theatre does not aim to encourage or discourage
members from pursuing a professional career in theatre or performance,
but provide high quality opportunities for members to build on if
they have the determination to do so. Many ex-members are working
professionally in a wide range of performance-related work, from
West End to Television and Radio, Ministry of Sound to world tours
are many ex-members who go on to use the skills they developed in
a wide range of other employment; the law, fashion, entertainments
industry, publishing, marketing, promotion, nursing and medicine,
art, foreign office, teaching, police, engineering etc, etc and we
are as proud of them as we are of the 'stars'.
Nottingham Youth Theatre
dates back to the 1970s. The current group began
life in 1987 as ACORN young peoples' theatre and dance company, became
Nottinghamshire Education Theatre Company (NET) in 1991, City of Nottingham
Education Theatre Company (C'NET) in 1998 and re-adopted the name of
Nottingham Youth Theatre
Until 1995, the group performed every year at the Edinburgh
Festival, regularly winning the Evening News Cavalcade for their high
energy performance on the Festival's opening parade and attracting
an enviable record of reviews for a wide range of shows each year.
There was usually a contemporary dance piece, a Shakespeare, a contemporary
play and a children's piece each year with additional cabarets, music
theatre and TIE touring shows.
In 1996, the Company began a run of large scale annual summer musicals,
Guys & Dolls, South Pacific, 42nd St, Return to the Forbidden
Planet, Sweet Charity, West Side Story, Mockingbird Hill, Kiss Me
Kate, The Boyfriend together with small scale one-act seasons and festival
performances at the Polish National Theatre Festival.
2006 saw more changes as the company extended into a 1013 group, the
inclusive group and a 1419 group,
which worked towards a rep. season of three pieces, twelve performances
in 9 days, What the Dickens, Oh What a Lovely War and Dracula Spectacula.
It has been directed since 1988 by Alistair Conquer, who had previously
established Reading Youth Theatre in 1978 and N.E Leics Youth Theatre
in 1984. Together with Steve Parry, who was involved in running Nottingham
Youth Theatre before 1988, they work voluntarily to develop performance
skills, knowledge and practice in young people. In 2006 they were joined
by Laura Halliwell and Vicky Beadle, who make up an excellent complement
of skills, together with our core tutors in the Special Education field.
Helen Barton and Gareth Morgan, both ex-members have since joined the
team. Helen trained at Guilford and toured with a number of companies
before returning to Nottingham to set up Sprouts- drama classes for
very young children. Gareth is currently developing a portfolio of
work as a dramaturg after training
at Bristol. He worked on the Nottingham Playhouse production of Forever Young.
Company has had a long-standing commitment to inclusion of
young people with severe and moderate learning difficulties. Under
the direction of David Stewart, Glenys Clifton, Margaret Stannard
and Maria Brawn the work of the inclusive company has grown from
strength to strength. An early Fringe First award in '91 was followed
by performances in a national Polish Festival and commissioned performances
across the UK at conferences and events. Check the events archive
to select past productions of
the integrated groups.
The team of
staff have been very consistent over the years with a core
of committed and enthusiastic tutors, including Dan Lounds and the Tech
team on Technical