We set up this new Youth Theatre Company in October 2012 to give young people the opportunity to take their performance journey a stage further. Young people work for three or sometimes two terms on devising a new piece, around a particular theme or relevant topic with a professional writer, director, and choreographer.
We have performed our work at the Arc Theatre, Trowbridge, The egg, Theatre Royal Bath and St Margaret’s Hall Bradford on Avon. Last year Stage Company performed Bassett by James Graham as part of The National Theatre Connections Festival.
We are able to keep the fees low by subsidising the programme with various local grants and awards. Because of this funding, we can also offer financial assistance to low income families, in the form of our bursaries.
Past plays to come out of this innovative programme are Faceless ‘an anti-social media play', Dreamcatcher about not giving up on your dreams, and Over 18 exploring war issues effecting young people, all devised by the company working with writer Moira Townsend Williams. In 2014/2015 we drafted in Tom Wainwright, writer-in-residence at Bristol Old Vic to work with us and Mind The Gap about the generation gap was born. 2015/2016 saw us presenting Bassett by James Graham for National Theatre Connections project which was performed with Over 18.
Most recently our Stage Company worked with with Award winning Bristol director Dave Lovatt and a local published composer/musician Helen Temmink, and West End company The Showstoppers to produce a piece exploring the effects of fame.
Venue: The Arc Theatre, Trowbridge
When: Every Saturday in term time, 10:00am–1:00pm
Entry is by audition only. Our next intake for 2018 will be Autumn 2017.
See Reviews of Characters Stage Company’s work here.