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Youth Theatre


Professional training in partnership with Arts Council England

Physical workshops take place at the Wyvern Theatre

Supported Memberships are available

Safeguarding measures are in place

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Act 1 @ Wyvern Theatre
Tuesday 5:30 - 7:00pm
Age Guide 11-13 yrs
Prime Company @ Wyvern Theatre
Tuesday 7:15 - 8:45pm
Age Guide 14-18 yrs - Please note this will start in 2024
Act 2 @ Wyvern Theatre
Thursday 5:30 - 7:00pm
Age Guide 13-15 yrs
Act 3 @ Wyvern Theatre
Thursday 7:15 - 8:45pm
Age Guide 16-18 yrs
Beginners @ Wyvern Theatre
Saturday 10:00 - 11:00am
Age Guide 8-10 yrs
CentreStage @ Wyvern Theatre
Saturday 11:30am - 12:30pm
Age Guide 11-16 yrs (Starting from 4 November '23)

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Prime Youth Theatre 2023-24

Monday 2 October - Saturday 16 December '23 (No workshops Monday 16-Saturday 28 October)

Monday 8 January - Saturday 23 March '24 (No workshops Monday 12-Saturday 17 February)

Monday 15 April - Saturday 13 July '24 (No workshops Monday 27 May-Saturday 1 June)

Please note Beacon group will start from 4 November '23

Membership Fees

CentreStage is free to young people with EHCPs thanks to Children in Need support.

Beginners £80/ Other groups £100 per term. There are no additional production or project fees.

Reductions: 10% if paying for 3 terms at once. 10% sibling reductions for additional memberships within the same family. (Reductions can't be used together).

A limited number of free and discounted places are available to members who are Deaf, disabled, Young Carers, Child Looked After, Care Leavers or have a household income of less than £25k. To apply for membership support contact or 01793 614864

Physical Workshops

Workshops are held in Prime’s theatre studio at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, SN1 1QN. Our professionally led, fun-filled workshops include all levels of drama exercises and theatre training. Members make friends, build creative confidence and develop performance skills. Groups are mixed in age to best develop skills, confidence and creative ability. Beginners and emerging artists are welcome. Ages are for guidance only.

CentreStage: (Guidance 11-16yrs)

A safe and supportive group for young people with an EHCP for moderate additional needs.

Beginners: (Guidance 8-10yrs)

For those with little or no experience of drama. Creative games, role play and physical storytelling, nurture imagination, develop communication skills and builds confidence.

Act 1: (Guidance 11-13yrs)

For those with some experience of drama. A variety of texts and creative challenges develop essential theatre making skills alongside self-expression and group performance.

Act 2: (Guidance 13-16yrs)

Focused training for young actors building their vocal and physical skills. Solo experiences and group activities develop individual characterisation and ensemble performance techniques.

Act 3: (Guidance 14-18yrs)

For those with an increasing commitment to theatre-making. Members use their creative voice and strengths to explore a variety of sources and themes in a professional space.

13+ Specialist Workshops

Writers Pad: Have something to say? Want to write your own script? Friendly sessions to learn dramatic writing, develop techniques and find your own voice. Suitable for beginners and those with more experience.

Tech Crew: More interested in backstage than onstage? Want to find out more about lighting, sound, design and stage management? Opportunities to work on Prime Theatre productions.

Workshops relaunch in Autumn 2023 email to find out more and register interest


In our safe and supportive environment, young people develop theatre techniques, learn how to express themselves, grow social skills & empower their creative voices. Prime staff are professional creatives who specialise in training young people. All staff have DBS checks & regular safeguarding training.

Eve Winters– Youth Theatre Director: Eve worked for 15 years as a professional actor, whilst developing her skills as a youth theatre practitioner. She is passionate about amplifying youth voice and has been supported by Arts Council England to develop her craft as a director and deviser with young actors.

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.

Sue Welsh – Freelance Practitioner: Sue is a qualified teacher and has years of experience supporting young people with SEND needs. She founded and ran Rubber Chicken Theatre Company, she regularly performs around the area as an actor and a clown.

Meet the team!

Youth Productions & Projects

2023/2024 Productions: Grow Up! & Brainstorm

When This is Over

A production about the lives of young people, past, present and future.

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Up In Your Head

A UK lockdown production with Theatre 503 and Theatre Centre

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Painting the Past

A promenade production in and about the spirits of Lydiard House

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Lockdown Street

A new audio production made with Pitlochry Festival Theatre

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Teenage Kicks

A cross-generational project for BBC Crossing Divides 2019

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Singing Together

20 schools sing a story of WW2 evacuees with BBC Radio Wiltshire

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The Odyssey

A full-length show written and performed by Prime Youth Theatre

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This Is Our Town

Travel through time as old Swindon is born, built and brought to life

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Punk Rock

Prime Youth Theatre explode at the European Youth Theatre Festival

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Mark Gatiss guest stars in a site-specific glimpse into the future

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What people say about us...

Prime changed my life

by making me feel part of a group and developing me as a person and a young actor.

Jacob: Young Trustee and Prime Youth Theatre Member

An outstanding youth theatre

for my daughter, teaching her how to perform and building great social skills.

Laura: Parent

So many opportunities

to perform, write, direct and make friends for life.

Erin: Ex-Prime Youth Theatre Member and Young Trustee

The best theatre company

for children and young people as both audiences and creatives in and out of school.

Helen: Principal - Drove Primary School

Remarkable quality

and diversity in your projects, productions and people!

Faye: Arts Council England

Thank you, thank you

for the growth of skills, language and confidence our pupils show when working with Prime.

Bob: Headteacher - Abbey Meads Primary School

Prime got me into Drama School

and I've never looked back during years of performing on stage and screen!

Chris: Professional Actor

The best decision I ever made

was joining your youth theatre. You made me aware of what was possible in me & my career.

Sarah: Digital theatre maker and director

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