SLT Youth Theatre offers local drama and theatre classes to children and young people aged 7-18 years on Saturdays during term time. All our classes support participants in developing confidence and self-expression through practical theatre training and are taught by experienced and dedicated theatremakers.
Here are 6 reasons to join:
• Great value!
• Run by friendly and experienced teachers
• No auditions
• Opportunity to audition for SLT adult members' shows.
• Be part of one of the busiest amateur dramatic theatres in the UK
• Perform for friends and family at the end of term
Currently divided into four age groups, classes run during term time at the Old Fire Station in West Norwood.
- Junior (ages 7-9): 10.30 - 12.00
- Intermediates (ages 10-12): 10.00 - 12.00
- Youth (ages 13-14): 13.00 - 15.00
- Advanced (ages 15-18): 13.00 - 15.00
Class fees are as follows, with a 10% discount for early payment. Concessionary rates are also available.
- Junior: £90 per term
- Intermediate/Youth/Advanced: £120 per term
Please note that the current online payment system is offline, but will be replaced with a new system shortly.
If you have any questions about fees or availability of places, please email the training director, Dave Hollander
Term Dates 2018-19
AUTUMN: September 15 to December 8 (no class on October 27)
SPRING: January 12 to April 6 (no class on February 23)
SUMMER: April 27 to July 13 (no break for half-term)
Group leader – Advanced
Group Leader – Intermediate
Group leader – Junior
Dave has been a member of South London Theatre since 2004, in which time he has been a youth facilitator for five years, as well as performing, directing and serving on the theatre committee. During the week, Dave is deputy production editor of The Stage and occasionally also writes reviews.
Dave enjoys sharing his passion for drama of all kinds with children and young people, believing that theatre has the power to inspire and engage people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
Dave is also SLT's deputy chairman and safeguarding officer.
Siobhan is a primary school teacher, currently working in Key Stage 2.
She has previously worked in human rights, specifically women's and children's rights including a brief stint abroad.
Siobhan has been a drama facilitator on and off for the past 8 years and currently spends her summer holidays teaching drama to teenage exchange students.
Siobhan has been a member of SLT ever since joining the youth group aged 13
Having trained at Brunel University and Arts Ed, Amma has worked as an actor and facilitator for children and adults across London. She has worked with theatre companies including the Almeida Theatre, the Young Vic and CleanBreak.
Amma particularly enjoys seeing children progress as performers while developing their confidence, self-esteem and communication skills. She is also co-founder of Small Steps Studio, where children can train as professional performers for the industry.
Peter has been a member of SLT since 2007 and been involved in the youth group since 2008, including a couple of years running the programme from 2010-2012. He has also acted in, directed, written and designed the lighting for various shows (including the youth shows) at SLT.
Peter's experience in drama began at the Loft Theatre youth group in Leamington Spa during his early teens, where he played Sweeny Todd. He took Theatre Studies at A-level and was an active member of Theatre Society whilst studying for his BA in English at Durham. There he acted in and produced a number of plays, including winning the university's One Act Festival.
Outside of the South London Theatre, Peter's day job is in Human Resources, for which he completed a Masters Degree. He is also a qualified Bikram yoga instructor and took part in the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, which he'll tell anyone who will listen all about.
Stefan grew up in France, where he started working with the Line Theatre at the age of 13. He performed in a variety of shows for 6 years. He went on to study drama at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating with honours in 2014
Since then, Stefan has devised children’s shows for the Edinburgh Fringe, worked for CBeebies and performed onstage at Shakespeare's Globe.
Ida trained as actress and theatre director at Sapienza University in Rome and Goldsmiths in London. Since moving to London in 2010, she has worked in the arts in a number of guises: leading workshops, teaching drama classes, fundraising, event management and marketing. Ida also worked as a drama teacher, facilitator and storyteller for the Italian children’s theatre company Teatro Verde and Ruotalibera Teatro-Centrale Preneste.
She is currently co-producer and creative associate of Stream Lyric Theatre Company for which she co-directed and produced of MENTAL Play, as well as leading its educational and community work with diverse communities in the UK. She is firmly convinced of the power of theatre to create social change.
Classes are designed to encourage children’s self-expression, teamwork, speaking & listening and confidence. With an emphasis on fun, children learn through theatre games, movement and storytelling, giving everyone a chance to take part creatively.
Intermediate classes focus on learning theatre and performance skills. Participants learn the basics of acting, the use of voice and movement, moving onto scripted and devised work.
Participants develop new and existing theatre skills by exploring different styles, genres and practitioners in performance while working towards a full-scale production.
Participants hone their acting skills, receive masterclasses from SLT Members and have the chance to attend theatre trips. Members work towards a full-scale production each year.