Make a dramatic difference to a child

Prime Youth Theatre:


Professional training in partnership with Arts Council England

Physical workshops take place at Drove School until the Wyvern Theatre reopens

Membership grants are available on application

Digital workshops require access to a device with a camera/microphone

Safeguarding and Social Distancing measures are in place

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Monday 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Age Guide 7-11yrs
DIGITAL - Writers Pad
Monday 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Age Guide 14-25yrs
Monday 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Age Guide 12-15yrs
PHYSICAL- Drama Games
Tuesday 5:00-6:00pm
Age Guide 10-18yrs
DIGITAL - Acting Online
Tuesday 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Age Guide 14-25yrs
Thursday 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Age Guide 16-18yrs

Register your choices for


Summer Term 2021

26 April - 12 July

No workshops 3 May, 31 May- 4 June


First Workshop Choice

£65/75 for each strand (60/90 minute workshops) and

Additional Workshop Choices:

£20 each

Supported Membership: Free places are offered to Deaf young people, Looked After Children/Care Leavers and Young Carers. Full and partial grants can be applied for if a child is eligible for free school meals or lives in a home with a household income less that £25,000. Prime fundraises every year to support equal access.

For more details contact or phone the Youth Theatre mobile on 07709664755

Youth Theatre workshops are run by Prime staff and visiting industry professionals.

Physical Workshops

These workshops currently take place at Drove School, Swindon.

Current Covid-19 guidelines do not allow us to run physical workshops for young people over the age of 18. We will open workshops to this age group ASAP and will update this page when a date has been agreed by the Government.

Enjoy acting? Want to learn even more performance skills?

Prime's professional workshops cover improvisation, scripts, devising and characterisation. Ages are for guidelines only. Beginners and emerging artists are welcome at each level.

Group 1: Age 7-11

Group 2: Age 12-15

Group 3: Age 16-18

Keen to build confidence and make friends? Want to have fun and relax? Drama Games is a weekly workshop where it's non-stop playtime for ages 11-18.

Digital Workshops

Acting Online: Can't get to a physical workshop? Keen to develop performance skills at home? This group covers the essential skills behind creating character and developing vocal techniques. Great for approaching scripts and preparing for auditions. Ages 14+

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. Ages 14+


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.

Laura Jasper – Associate Director: Trained at Bristol Old Vic, SITI Company (NYC) and The Acting Corps (Los Angeles). Laura has worked across the UK as an actor, theatre practitioner and director for Bristol Old Vic, Nottingham Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse, The Globe, Frantic Assembly

Helen Morley – Projects Officer: 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.

Meet the team!

Youth Productions & Projects

Look Up by Andrew Muir will be performed in August 2021 as part of NT Connections

Up In Your Head

A UK lockdown production with Theatre 503 and Theatre Centre

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Lockdown Street

A new audio production made with Pitlochry Festival Theatre

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Painting the Past

A promenade production in and about the spirits of Lydiard House

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Teenage Kicks

A cross-generational project for BBC Crossing Divides 2019

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The Odyssey

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

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Singing Together

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

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

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Punk Rock

Prime Youth Theatre explode at the European Youth Theatre Festival

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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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The Wyvern Of Wiltshire

A legendary tale with BBC Wiltshire & Salisbury International Festival

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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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