Our expanding youth drama groups have grown so much we have moved them to a bigger venue, and given them a “rebrand” with a new name.
And we are trialling new Saturday morning sessions for adults too. Why should the youngsters have all the fun?
The three youth groups now meet at the Lighthouse on Cromer Road, under the name of Act One. They are for 6 to 9s (5-6pm), 9s to 12s (6.15-7.15) and 13s to 17s (7.30-8.30). They cost £5 a session.
Youth coordinator Ellen Waite said: “We play drama games, do improvisation, learn performance skills and work on team building.
“The youngsters get a lot of free rein and are encouraged to use their imagination, whether they are doing something silly or serious.
“We see children really grow in confidence, as well as improve their ability to talk and fit in with any group. But it’s all about having fun, which is what children should be doing.”
The youth groups also provide opportunities to join in a spring musical and autumn show – which, this year, is A Night at the Music Ghouls on October 27-28.
Some even go on to join professional casts at the Little Theatre, such as Attia Law who last year took part in the summer drama Wait Until Dark. Others, including Ryan Starling, Ollie Westlake and Harry Williams, have progressed to stage careers.
The new adult sessions are two-hour Saturday morning workshops for ages 17-plus – which have already attracted people aged 18 to 74. They were introduced after feedback from the public. The next ones are on October 7 and November 4. Spaces are limited and require booking in advance.
Ellen added: “They are a chance to leave your troubles at the door, be creative and learn to play again.”