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We have opportunities for young actors, writers, directors and technicians

Prime Youth Theatre


No audition!

The only youth theatre in Swindon linked to a professional theatre company that has ongoing support from Arts Council England. We train young actors, writers and technicians. Weekly workshops are led by professional tutors, directors, actors, writers and designers. We’re based at the Wyvern Theatre where most of our workshops and rehearsals take place. We increase confidence, communication and creativity. Many ex members work professionally in film, theatre and TV while others use their drama and performance skills in everyday life.

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Tuesday 1
4:30 - 5:30pm
Tuesday 2
5:45 - 7:15pm
Tuesday 3
7:30 - 9:00pm
Writers Pad - Swindon Central Library (alternate Wednesdays)
18:00 - 20:00
Tech Crew - Swindon Arts Centre (alternate Wednesdays)
Thursday 1
4:30 - 5:30
Thursday 2
5:45 - 7:15pm
Thursday 3
7:30 - 9:00pm

2019 - 2020 Term Dates

Term 1: Tuesday 1 October – Thursday 19 December

Term 2: Tuesday 14 January – Thursday 2 April

Term 3: Tuesday 21 April– Thursday 16 July

Half term Dates:

Tuesday 22 October – Thursday 31 October

Tuesday 18 February – Thursday 20 February

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.

Termly membership:

£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: 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.

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Productions & Projects


Painting the past

Swish. Brush. Etch. Sketch... A group of artists find themselves stuck in the past, trapped in the stories of their ancient artwork.

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Teenage Kicks

Bring young and older generations together.

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The Odyssey

The first production to be written by Prime Theatre’s young playwrights

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Singing Together

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The year is 2046. London is under flood. Adults have messed up. Youth is taking over.

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What happens in a Prime Youth Theatre workshop?


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

Physical Theatre

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:

Narrative Structures




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:




Stage Management


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.


We are proud to present these words

Transforming Swindon For Decades

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

Consistently Engaging

"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

“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

An outstanding provision

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

I'm grateful

"Without Prime I would not be where I am today, and for that I'm really grateful."

Jacob Tyrrell - Young Trustee

Real impact

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

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