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We make touring productions for young audiences with professional actors and creatives. These can be seen all over the UK.
From our base in Swindon we also make productions with young actors and young creatives.
Our professional work includes new plays from authors including Terry Deary.
We are happy to share any part of our production making processes, do get in touch.
IN THE MAKING
‘Penguins’ is a non-verbal piece of dance theatre for 3-7 year olds based on the true story of two male penguins in New York Zoo who raised a chick together. ‘Penguins’ is a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Cahoots NI and will tour the UK, Ireland and the USA in 2017.
‘Betty Goes Bananas’ is a best-selling picture book by Swindon author and illustrator, Steve Anthony. A production is currently in development for primary age audiences.
Prime Theatre is partnering Fingersmiths theatre company to create a new production with a deaf young person at the centre of the story.
We will host the second Young Arts Showcase at the Swindon Arts Centre in early 2017
To find out more about these productions please get in touch
A Prime Youth Theatre 30th Anniversary production. Written by Jasmine Jones.
The year is 2046. London is under flood. Swindon is the temporary capital of New Britain. Adults have messed up. Youth is taking over.
This production took place in a transformed Swindon Borough Council Chamber. It was directed by Prime Theatre's Young Artist Carli Green, 19, and produced by Young Producer, Tia Manning, 20.
The production featured ex-members of Youth Theatre in adult roles and starred award-winning stage and screen actor and writer Mark Gatiss as the Prime Minister.
Presented 27 - 29 October 2016
A Wyvern Theatres production in partnership with Prime Theatre
In 1950s America, students from Rydell High School struggle with the ups and downs of Summer Lovin’. This legendary musical is packed full of unforgettable numbers such as You’re The One That I Want,Summer Nights,Hopelessly Devoted To You and Greased Lightnin’.
The Wyvern Theatre’s annual Summer Youth Project provides 250 local young people, aged 9 – 21, with the annual opportunity to work with a professional creative team. All in less than 2 weeks!
Presented at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, August 2016 supported by Screaming Media
A Prime Theatre and Light and Lark co-production
Ages 2-5 years
A baby butterfly has just been born and can’t wait to explore the world with its brand new wings. Butterfly wants to make new friends and special memories.
Butterfly uses puppets, songs and animation. Performances are followed by ‘stay and play’ sessions. South West school children helped to develop the show, alongside consultants on Special Educational Needs and Makaton
“Everything we hoped for and more. The children were captivated.”
Original tour 2015, revived 2016. Available for retour
The Wyvern of Wiltshire
A new radio play with BBC Wiltshire and Salisbury International Arts Festival.
Amy and George explore the medieval library at Salisbury Cathedral and discover its ancient belongings. When they do, the brother and sister accidentally release a dangerous Wyvern that causes chaos over Wiltshire, leaving clues to where he is.
A radio play created with BBC Wiltshire featuring two members of Prime Youth Theatre Emilia and Vlad alongside professional actors Barbara Kirby, Ian Hallard and Rhik Sammader.
“Absolutely hilarious and educational, the Wyvern’s voice was the best part!” - Listener
Broadcast on BBC Wiltshire 29 May to 9 June.
A brand new radio play with BBC Wiltshire and Salisbury International Arts Festival.
1940. World War Two. Children are sent from London to Wiltshire for safety. 6 evacuees are the last to be chosen. Tired and trembling, each child shares a secret, makes a wish and sings a special song...
We taught folk songs to 400 primary school pupils across Wiltshire and Swindon. Recorded at Wiltshire Music Centre, these songs formed part of the final play with a mix of professional actors and young actors from Prime Youth Theatre.
“Very powerful and moving. Our whole family joined in with the songs.”
Broadcast on BBC Wiltshire in June 2016 and also made available on BBC iPlayer.
The first production to be written by Prime Theatre’s young playwrights
This production was a modern retelling of the ancient greek myth. A company of 50 young actors, writers and technicians created a dark and dangerous world, torn apart by the Trojan War. Odysseus became a teenage hero, fighting for his freedom against a sea of monsters, gods and magic spells. Back home, Penelope struggled against a band of suitors keen to steal the kingdom and all its wealth.
“The writing was superb! The performances kept me on the edge of my seat!”
Performed at Swindon Arts Centre 21 – 23 July 2016
A Prime Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Cahoots NI, co-production touring in March and April 2018.
Ages 3-7 years +
When the New York zookeeper notices two male penguins trying to hatch rocks, he gives them an abandoned egg. Soon, Roy and Silo have their own chick to complete their very special family.
Based on a true story. For more details on this production email email@example.com
THE MACBETH CURSE
A Prime Theatre and Octagon Theatre, Bolton, co-production
Ages 7 years +
A World Premiere from Terry Deary, the best-selling writer and creator of Horrible Histories
It’s 1902 and Sir Alphonse King and his Sixty Minute Shakespeare Ensemble are rehearsing a very special version of Macbeth. When actors go missing, props disappear and other spooky happenings start to occur, the terrified cast have to battle to save the show. Have they fallen foul of The Macbeth Curse? A chaotically condensed version of Shakespeare’s story with Music Hall songs, silent film and cutting-edge Edwardian theatricality.
“The collision of two great storytellers: William Shakespeare and Terry Deary!”
Toured to South West and North West schools with a residency at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, February- April 2016
LAST THURSDAY: A VERBATIM PROJECT
Ages 11 years +
Last Thursday is a new play featuring the words 200 teenagers used to describe their experiences, opinions and dreams.
This was Prime Theatre’s first production using verbatim theatre. It was the result of workshops held in 12 secondary schools in Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucester.
“Hearing our words onstage was mind blowing! The play really made me feel valuable.”
Toured to schools in March 2016, thanks to funding from the Ebrington Family Trust.
THE LARAMIE PROJECT
A Prime Youth Theatre Production
In 1998, members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to the remote American town of Laramie, to research the recent murder of 21 year old Matthew Shepard. The murder was labelled a hate crime because Matthew was gay. This verbatim play uses hundreds of interviews with inhabitants of Laramie.
20 young actors created more than sixty characters in a powerful examination of difference and fear.
“The best and most moving youth theatre productions I’ve ever seen. Amazing acting.”
Performed in the Swindon Dance Theatre, April 2015
THIS SECRET LIFE
Lizzie is ordinary. She laughs a lot, doing ok at college, is pretty but not beautiful.
Jack is charming. He’ll do anything for Lizzie, pays for everything, takes her everywhere.
Lizzie loves Jack. Jack loves Lizzie. So much that he’ll never leave her alone...ever.
This Secret Life explores abuse and violence in young relationships and was developed in partnership with Swindon Borough Council, Wiltshire Council and Women’s Aid.
“Disturbing and delightful in turn. An important eye-opener.”
Originally produced for schools in 2004 and revived and updated in 2014 with funding from The Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon.
We often create special productions and performances to help community partners.
‘This Secret Life’ has a story about a teenage love affair gone wrong. In partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon we performed across the South West to provoke discussion on domestic abuse in young relationships.
‘Butterfly’ is an Early Years production created to address life and death for young audiences. We worked with Children Centres to perform families in their usual play settings.
Other productions are made with and for libraries, youth services, special education agencies and health departments.
If you would like to create a show especially for your audiences, or find out if we already have one suitable, please contact Mark, Artistic Director, firstname.lastname@example.org