Project information

Youth Theatre - Participation

Education and engagement is at the heart of what The Castle offers, and it is through its Youth Theatre - Participation programme that we seek to develop creative, individual young people as artists. All the participation activities are designed to ispire confidence, imagination and team work.

September 2014 - July 2015

Charity information: The Castle (Wellingborough) Limited

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  • Need


    Young people need time and space in their lives to enable their creative selves... to develop confidence and self esteem, whilst having opportunities to engage with others, meet new people, workshop in a team environment, develop personal and social relationships and have fun - as well as the opportunity to nurture and develop specific skills in drama, movement, voice techniques, improvisation, devised and script work in a professional theatre environment.


    Young people participate in workshop programmes led by experienced theatre practitioners, who are accustomed to working with a wide range of student abilities and needs. Young people have a minimum of two performance opportunities during the year, with some groups also participating in festivals, performance platforms and other events. Older participants are encouraged to get involved in other aspects - for example leading sessions on family days, and assisting early years and junior groups.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Engage young people in high quality, innovative arts and theatre - workshops, performances, events.


    » Weekly workshop sessions, at least two performance opportunities a year, free tickets for supported show visits each term, participating delivery.

    What success will look like

    Continuing a busy programme of events and through feedback from participants to inform future planning.

    Aim 2

    Promote creativity and an individual artistic voice, encouraging confidence and self awareness.


    » Young people are nurtured in a wide variety of disciplines including script and devised work, improvisation, voice techniques and movement.

    What success will look like

    Nurturing well rounded young people who are also kind, friendly and polite!

    Aim 3

    Provide a fun yet safe environment for young people, with shared interests, outside of school hours.


    » Providing a forum to discuss and explore issues, and to be a place where they can find positive roles models and feel inspired to explore though arts.

    What success will look like

    Continued engagement in the programme by young people.

    Aim 4

    Expose and introduce young people to a wide range of contemporary theatre companies.


    » Introducing young people to professional theatre practitioners through workshops, discussions, question and answer, performances and shared working.

    What success will look like

    Continued engagement with visiting and resident professional artists and companies.

    Aim 5

    Provide careful guidance on progression routes and career options where appropriate.


    » Including opportunities for work experience, Arts Award, assisting Early Years and Junior groups, leading family day presentations and sessions, etc.

    What success will look like

    Through the future progression routes of youth theatre alumni.

  • Impact


    The arts - these youth theatre activities - have the power to transform the lives of people participating in their delivery. The Castle contributes significantly to the overall experiences of living, working in and visiting Wellingborough. This youth theatre working seeks to develop creative, individual artists and young people, inspiring confidence, imagination and team work, and contributing to equipping young people for life.


    The most significant potential risks relate to the protection of children and vulnerable adults. The Castle has a robust policy and procedures in place, including training for staff and practitioners, to enable staff to work with and respond to young people in the most appropriate and safe of contexts, and to equip them manage situations appropriately, should they arise.


    Supporters will be invited to attend and experience work in progress and performances or sharings of work. Reports are produced periodically, including evaluation, images or work, comments and feedback, which will be shared with donors as appropriate.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,290

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      Amount Heading Description
      £17,940 Staff costs Practitioners for sessions and support, 30 workshop weeks in the year
      £2,850 Performance costs For staging performances in main house or studio spaces, including licenses
      £4,500 Resources and equipment Costumes, props, music, craft materials, etc.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Donation income, direct to The Castle £10,235 Conditional
  • Background


    This Youth Theatre programme forms a vibrant part of everyday life at The Castle. The Castle is a theatre & arts centre - programming excellent engaging and inspiring work. The Castle aims to engage, inspire and stimulate the community and surrounding region in and through creative, cultural and artistic experiences. The Castle sits within the centre of Wellingborough, an area where providing opportunities to support young people to improve their education and employability is a key priority.


    The programme divides into four age groups, with sessions for each: Early Years (4-6 years), Juniors (7-11 years), Middles (12-14years) and Seniors (15-18 years), and there are two groups per age bracket. The class sizes vary from 10 – 25 participants, and in total we have just over 200 young people in our youth theatre groups. They come from all across Wellingborough (20% from areas of heightened socio demographic deprivation) and surrounding villages as well as, Northampton, Corby & Kettering.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Castle delivers for local communities - preschool children, primary school children, elderly residents, disability groups, and hard to reach communities. With schools, sheltered housing units, family centres, and local libraries. In areas including Croyland, Hemingwell and Queensway; for participants that would not otherwise have such opportunities e.g. Young Creations works with young people and adults with disabilities; and there are strong links with local dance and stage schools.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alex Leonard

    Delivery of Castle Youth Theatre activities is driven by Alex as Participation and Engagement Manager, supported by colleagues and freelance artists.