Youth Theatre

A young boy dancing at West Yorkshire Playhouse

What is West Yorkshire Playhouse Youth Theatre?

The Playhouse Youth Theatre runs weekly sessions for young people aged 5-19 years. We make work in response to Playhouse shows, commission new plays for young audiences and develop theatre making and performance skills.

West Yorkshire Playhouse Youth Theatre aims to open out our building and resources to young people, as well as open up creative opportunities for emerging theatre and performance makers. Through a collaborative process of making theatre, the Playhouse Youth Theatre produces work that responds to the lives of young people and recognises their talent. The Youth Theatre is committed to raising aspirations whilst developing skills, knowledge and understanding of young peoples’ experiences of making theatre.

Playhouse Youth Theatre aims to:

  • Devise high quality performance work which gives young people a voice and recognises their talent and creative potential.
  • Create performances of both classic and contemporary theatre which draws on the artistic excellence and professional standards of West Yorkshire Playhouse.
  • Engage young people through creative sessions, as well as offering participants a range of creative and cultural experiences that will enrich their lives and the lives of their families.

How does Playhouse Youth Theatre work?

Across each year, members will take part in a weekly session, work towards varied performance outcomes, explore a wide range of theatrical forms and techniques, and attend a performance at West Yorkshire Playhouse as a group. Each term is charged at £100, payable three times year (August, December and March).

Recruiting Now: 5-7s A group.

Details of our session times for different age groups are below:

Age Group Day Time
5-7s Saturday A 9.30am – 10.30am
5-7s Saturday B 2.30pm – 3.30pm
8-10s Saturday A 9.30am – 11am
8-10s Saturday B 11.30am – 1pm
11-13s Thursday 5pm – 7pm
11-13s Saturday 11.30am – 1.30pm
14-16s Wednesday 5pm – 7pm
17-19s Wednesday 7.30pm – 9.30pm

We strive to offer a variety of creative opportunities for our Youth Theatre members in relation to the work at the Playhouse, both inside and outside of Youth Theatre sessions.

  • Recruiting Now – How do I Apply?

    We ask all new members to fill in an expression of interest form to apply for a place. Prospective members are not expected to audition for a place within the youth theatre. We are welcoming new members in September 2017. Some groups do have a waiting list, so please contact us with your Expression of Interest form to find out more.

    We are currently encouraging applications for our youngest, and oldest age groups to start sessions in April. The spaces we have in the Youth Theatre are in the groups as follows:

    Age Group Day Time
    5-7s B Saturday B 2.30pm – 3.30pm
    17-19s Wednesday 7.30pm – 9.30pm
    17-19s Thursday 7.30pm – 9.30pm
    5-7s A Saturday A 9.30am – 10.30am

    Across each year, members will take part in weekly sessions, work towards varied performance outcomes, explore a wide range of theatrical forms and techniques, and attend a performance each term at West Yorkshire Playhouse as a group.

    Each term is charged at £100, payable three times per year (August, December and March).
    Please note new starters pay a £30 administration fee on confirmation of a place. Bursary options are available

    Download Expression of Interest Form here

    Once this form is complete, please email it to

    Or post it to:

    Playhouse Youth Theatre
    West Yorkshire Playhouse
    Playhouse Square
    Quarry Hill
    LS2 7UP

  • Contact Us
    For more information please call us on 0113 213 7201 or email