JTC’s Youth Theatre Workshops

About

We provide a different type of class to traditional drama schools as this doesn’t suit everyone, especially those who are shy or not so self-assured, so at JTC groups: … no previous experience is required … there’s no audition process … classes are open to everyone regardless of ability … and there’s no pressure to perform in front of an audience, no-one bats an eye if someone wants to opt out. New members are always warmly welcomed. If you, or someone you know, would like to join a class then just turn up on the night, complete a form, and start right away.  Alternatively contact Jude and we can answer any questions you might have.

Current Project:

We’re now in Stoke…..Look out for details of our new Kidsgrove group starting in March 2017

Venue: West End Methodist Church Community Centre, London Road, Stoke on Trent, ST4 5AW

Details: Friday Evenings (Staffordshire term time)

  • 5-6.30pm for 7-11s
  • 6.30-8pm for 11-16s 

Cost: FREE thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund, however, donations at this time to help keep the group running in the future are much appreciated.

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Past Projects

  • ‘Acting on Aspirations’ Drama Project – Sep-Dec 2015 with many thanks to Children in Need.
  • Acting on Issues April-July 2015 with Many thanks to the Staffordshire Police and Crimes Commissioner. A massive thank you and well done to all taking part and supporting our summer performance which took place on Tuesday, 21st July.  The groups had great fun all term, joining in lots of drama based games and working hard improvising on issues of concern to them and their community … which resulted in thought provoking and original ‘mini dramas’.  Through the process the young people gained skills and confidence, made new friends, and experienced first hand what it’s like to see their ideas played out by others.
  • Acting on Issues Jan-March 2015 with many thanks to the Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council
  • ‘Snow Globe’ performance Sep-Dec 2014 @ Chesterton Vision
  • ‘Drama and Film Making Project’ plus ‘The Demon Head Master’ at Chesterton and ‘Romeo and Juliet‘ at Alsager (2014)
  • Creative Minds Festival (2013) – Winners of Best Drama Piece for their performance of ‘The Dragon and the Pear Tree’ which tells the story of Lidice, a small village in Czechoslovakia which was rebuilt after devastation during WWII with the help of the Stoke on Trent Residents.
  • Speak UP! Confidence Project (2013) – Winners of Best under 16s Devised piece at Springs Newcastle Speech, Music and Drama performance for their performance of confidence monologues written by the group members. We would like to say a big Thank You to the Robbie Williams Give it Sum fund for their support for this project.
  • Acting On Issues Community Project (2012) – A big Thank you to the Staffordshire Community Arts fund for their support during this project.
  • Creative Minds Festival (2012) – A big Thank You to the Creative Minds and Regent Theatre Teams for hosting a great event and looking after us.
  • Reminiscence Theatre Project (2011) – Saw the group exchanging stories with older members of the community and using them to create a performance that was presented back to the community. This project worked well to build awareness between these often estranged generations in a way that was fun and rewarding for all. Many thanks to the Newcastle Under Lyme Cultural Grants for their support during this project
  • The Grim Tale of Hansel and Gretel (2011)
  • Summer Confidence Project with Mask Performance (2010)
  • Healthy Eating Project (2009)
  • Austin Powers & Charlie’s Angels (2009)
  • Exhibition Performance (2008)
  • Joseph (2007)

Group History

Jude’s Young Drama Group began as a community ran group in 2007 known as The Young Ones Drama Group. They had been based at Cross Heath Methodist Church Hall right up until 2013 with Jude Theatre Company initially providing the drama tuition. In 2011, Jude also took over the running of the group, though Cross Heath community involvement remained high. In 2013, the decision was made to take advantage of the great facilities at the new Chesterton Vision Centre and trial moving the group. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank those at the Methodist Church Hall, especially John Bowler, who founded the group, for all that they have done over the years to build the group up to the great bunch of young people it is today.

Parent Testimonials

‘Each member was encouraged to participate on their own level while not having an obvious ‘star’ of the show. They had equal roles which was a great confidence booster especially to new members.’ ‘My young person just loves attending the sessions and can’t wait to come.’ ‘I’ve noticed a real positive different in my young person, how they think through things and in their confidence when talking to others since they have been coming to the group.’ ‘We have enjoyed talking over the different issues as a family.’ ‘The young people were in control of their performance. They seemed to understand what it was that they wanted to say.’

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