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

Prime Youth Theatre is open to all, aged 5-25

We have regular opportunities for young actors, writers, directors and technicians. Weekly workshops run alongside performance projects and productions. We are the best value professional youth theatre in Swindon with memberships starting at £65. Subsidised places are available on application, we also offer grants to looked after and deaf young people. No audition necessary.

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Year Group
Monday 1
4:30 - 5:30pm
Yr 6 - 7
Tuesday 1
4:30 - 5:30pm
Yr 3-5
Tuesday 2
5:45 - 7:15pm
Yr 8-9
Tuesday 3
7:30 - 9:00pm
Yr 10-11
Wednesday 1
4:30 - 5:30pm
Yr 1-2
Writers Pad - Swindon Central Library (alternate Wednesdays)
18:00 - 20:00
age 10+
Tech Crew - Swindon Arts Centre (alternate Wednesdays)
age 10+
Thursday 2
5:45 - 7:15pm
Yr 10-11
Thursday 3
7:30 - 9:00pm
16-25 Years

2018 - 2019 Term Dates


Monday 3 June - Monday 22 July

Additional Half-Term and Summer Holiday Workshops are available in shop.

Prime Theatre costs per term (approx. 12 weeks):

Junior membership £65 for 60 minute workshops.

Senior Membership £75 for 90 minute workshops

15% off if you pay for the whole year (3 terms)

Money should not be an obstacle: a Youth Theatre Grant Scheme offers discounted and free membership

Contact or call 01793 614864 for more details


We run weekly workshops and performance projects for young actors, writers, technicians and other creatives from our base at the Wyvern Theatre and Swindon Arts Centre.

In a safe and supportive environment, young people are able to develop performance and theatre-making skills, grow in confidence, work as a team and build an appreciation and enjoyment of theatre.

Prime Youth Theatre leaders are professional artists who specialise in making work with young people. Staff have DBS police checks.

"Though I was nervous at first, it soon became a family."

Ellie, 12

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Productions & Projects

We have no current Youth Theatre productions - please check back soon!

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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Punk Rock

Welcome to Sixth Form Hell

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This Is Our Town

The name of our town is Swindon, Wiltshire.The year is 1901. And 1903. And 1913. And 2018.

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The Actors Elite

A new drama school experience for the region’s best and most promising young actors. The Actors Elite is open to ages 14-25 will work with professional directors and actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, LAMDA and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Workshops will be run on Wednesdays 18:00-20:00 at the Wyvern Theatre plus one Saturday afternoon per month commencing the end of May. The final showcase will take place at Swindon Arts Centre on 31 July.

How to apply:

Entry to The Actors Elite is by audition and applicants should demonstrate a passion for acting, an ability to work in an ensemble and a commitment to their own development. Applicants will be required to prepare a 1-minute speech supplied by Prime and take part in group activities. To book an audition, please email or call 01793 614 864

A 10-week masterclass series including:

Classical acting technique



Text and scene study

Acting for camera

Rehearsal strategies

Physical and movement skills

Reflective practice

Contemporary playwrights

Shakespeare audition preparation

Who said arts activity isn't valuable?

Arts Award is a national qualification

Who said arts activity isn’t valuable? Arts Award is a national qualification accrediting the creative skills and leadership talent demonstrated by anyone aged 5 – 25.

We deliver Arts Award at all five levels using a variety of arts.

Discover – Introductory certificate. Ages 5+

Explore – Entry Level 3 qualification. Ages 7+

Bronze - Level 1 qualification. Ages 11+

Silver ­- Level 2 qualification. Ages 14+

Gold - Level 3 qualification worth 35 UCAS points. Ages 16+

Prime Theatre is an Arts Award Good Practice Centre with trained Advisers so that young people can achieve an Arts Award with us. For more details please get in touch.

We are an Arts Award Supporter and offer special activities and access for young people and community groups and schools already taking Arts Award.

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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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