Term 1: Tuesday 1 October – Thursday 19 December
Half term: Tuesday 22 October – Thursday 31 October
Term 2: Tuesday 14 January – Thursday 2 April
Half term: Tuesday 18 February – Thursday 20 February
Term 3: Tuesday 21 April– Thursday 16 July
Half Term: Tuesday 26 May – Thursday 28 May
We are the best value youth theatre in Swindon thanks to support from Arts Council England and Swindon Borough Council. Membership is free for Deaf young people and children in care. Money should not be an obstacle; grants are available for those with a household income under £25k. There are no additional fees to be in productions.
£65 for 60 minute workshops (Juniors)
£75 for 90 minute workshops (Seniors)
15% discount for a 3-term payment
10% discount off termly membership for siblings
For more payment details: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01793 614864
In our safe and supportive environment, young people develop theatre techniques, learn how to express themselves, grow social skills and empower their creative voices.
Prime Tutors are professional creatives who specialise in training young people. All staff have DBS checks and regular safeguarding training.
Mark Powell – Artistic Director: Trained at Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance & Birmingham University. Mark is a director & writer with credits including Salisbury Playhouse, National Theatre, the egg & Birmingham Rep.
Emma Barr – Associate Director: Trained at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. Emma has extensive experience as a director & practitioner with companies such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Jackson’s Lane & Outbox.
Helen Morley – Young Director: Helen trained in English & Theatre at Warwick University. Her theatre company, Reactivist, presents work across the country including the Vaults Festival, Edinburgh Fringe & the MAC Birmingham.
Actors ages 5-25 will develop their creativity and performance skills while working towards end of term sharings. Each term is themed and will include drama techniques in the following categories:
Voice and Text
Devising and improvising
Monologues and Duologues
Classical and Modern Performance
Writers aged 10+ meet every other week at the Central Library to create plays, scripts and stories. Workshops include time to try new techniques, explore your ideas and develop each other’s work. Each term will include:
Comedy, Tragedy and other Genres
Writers’ Pad members regularly write scripts for Prime Youth Theatre performances and have their work read at end of term sharings.
Technicians aged 10+ meet every other week at the Arts Centre in Swindon to explore all backstage elements of a production. Members work on technical skills and design. The Tech Crew run all Prime Youth Theatre’s performances. Each term members will explore:
Prime Ministers: Prime Youth Theatre elects 10 Prime Ministers to influence the company. This group contribute to production ideas, workshop content and future plans. The Prime Ministers raise £1000 yearly to subsidise grant places and social activities.
Assistants: Members aged 14+ can apply to become workshop assistants, shadowing the tutors and learning how to lead rehearsals and drama training.
Prime Theatre, its team, productions and projects have been transforming Swindon for decades.Through my years in several schools I have witnessed Prime bring joy and skills to generations, especially children who are hard to reach or engage.
Helen Swanson - Drove Primary School
"Prime successfully combines education and creativity and their work is consistently engaging for a diverse range of audiences"
Abygail Hughes - Theatre Practitioner
“I love how many opportunities Prime gives me to perform and develop my acting abilities. I have also been given the opportunity to work with some amazing actors and directors through Prime and be a part of productions”
Erin - Prime Minister
Prime Theatre provides my daughter with a high quality youth theatre, teaching her the fundamentals of acting whilst supporting her personal and social development. I think it is an outstanding provision and should be celebrated.
Laura Barnes - Parent
"Without Prime I would not be where I am today, and for that I'm really grateful."
Jacob Tyrrell - Young Trustee
As Headteacher, I have always believed in encouraging children to follow their passions. The impact of improvisation, language development and performance on pupils’ self-confidence and self-esteem is not to be underestimated. The passion from Mark Powell made Prime Theatre the obvious starting point for me to develop a partnership that would have a real impact on the children and we have never looked back.
Bob Buckley - Headteacher of Abbey Meads Primary School