Lakeside Youth Theatre

Lakeside currently runs four youth theatre groups for children and young people aged 5-7 (Little Lakesiders), 8-10, 11-13 and 14+.

Meeting weekly during term time, the sessions cover a broad range of theatre skills including devising and improvising, text, mask, mime, dance and music.  Participants have opportunities to perform to an audience, attend theatre trips, and experience other areas of theatre.  Sessions for older students have a reputation for strong ensemble work and the weekly sessions offer a platform for members to create and develop theatre using their own ideas.  There is a chance to work with some exciting artists, performers and professionals, to perform in some unusual spaces, and devise new and exciting work.

Many members choose to complete Arts Awards while attending Lakeside Youth Theatre. New members are always welcome.

Congratulations to our current Lakeside Youth Theatre Group who won the 13-15 years category in this year's Nottingham Young Creative Awards with their original production of Memory Bank! The group's young Assistant Director, 16 year old Rebecca Johnson, was also nominated for the Young Creative of the Year Category in her facilitating role. 

The Group's regular leader Loreto Murray said "I am very proud of the work our young people created. We had so much fun playing with the idea of memories being stored in jars instead of in our minds. The biggest challenge was editing the work to arrive at a 15 minute piece because we had so much good material  to choose from!  Rebecca Johnson our Young Assistant Director and the young actors worked hard to find the simplest, clearest and quickest way to tell many intertwining stories.”

For more information about Lakeside Youth Theatre, to check availability or to book a place, please contact our Box Office on 0115 846 7777.

Little Lakesiders (5-7 Years)

Saturdays during school term time 9.30 - 10.30am
£45 per term


Explore imaginary worlds through drama and creative play. Get ready to get messy, make some noise, and have fun!

Current term dates for Little Lakesiders:
June: 9, 16, 23, 30

Autumn/Winter term 2018:
29 September – 8 December (no session 3 November)
Winter/Spring term 2018/19:
19 January – 30 March (no session 23 February)
Spring/Summer term 2019:
27 April –6 July (no session 1 June)

8-10 Years

Saturdays during school term time 11.00am - 12.30pm
£50 per Term

These weekly sessions focus on having fun and developing new skills for the younger members of our LYT Company.  It provides training for all aspects of theatre as well as offering performance opportunities throughout the year.

Current term dates for 8-10 Years:
June: 9, 16, 23, 30

Autumn/Winter term 2018:
29 September – 8 December (no session 3 November)
Winter/Spring term 2018/19:
19 January – 30 March (no session 23 February)
Spring/Summer term 2019:
27 April –6 July (no session 1 June)

11-13 Years

Tuesdays during school term time 6 - 8pm
£55 per Term

In these sessions we cover a broad range of theatre skills including devising and improvising, text, mask, mime, dance and music. Participants have opportunities to perform to an audience, go on theatre trips, register for the Arts Award and experience other areas of theatre.

Current term dates for 11-13 Years:
June: 5, 12, 19, 26; July: 3

Autumn/Winter term 2018:
25 September – 4 December (no session on 30 October)
Winter/Spring term 2018/19:
15 January – 26 March (no session on 19 February)
Spring/Summer term 2019:
23 April – 2 July (no session on 28 May)

14+ Years

Thursdays during school term time 6pm-8.30pm
£65 per Term

Lakeside’s senior group have a reputation for strong ensemble work and this weekly session offers a platform for members to create and develop exciting work using their own ideas.  Group members work with inspiring artists, performers and professionals, performing in some unusual spaces and devising new and original work.

Current term dates for 14+ Years:
June: 7, 14, 21, 28; July: 5, 12

Autumn/Winter term 2018:
27 September – 6 December (no session on 1 November)
Winter/Spring term 2018/19:
17 January – 28 March (no session on 21 February)
Spring/Summer term 2019:
25 April 
– 4 July (no session on 30 May)

Booking For Lakeside Youth Theatre
New members are always welcome where places are available.  Please contact our Box Office on 0115 846 7777.