What age range do you cater for?
Our groups and projects vary in ages range suitability but usually those aged from 7 or 8yrs+ at the time of registration can take part in our workshops and activities.
What costs are involved?
There is an annual membership fee of £20 paid at the start of the year (£10 from Summer onwards and further reduced if you join later etc) along with weekly fees of £2 and other costs involved such as fees for taking part in workshops and productions. We try as much as possible to combine all of these costs into a simple single payment which can be made in instalments.
Fundraising is an important activity which most company members are encouraged to support to help keep costs at a minimum.
How do I pay
Fees can be paid in a number of ways, including in cash in person, cheque and using online banking; Direct Debit etc.
When are workshops / classes / rehearsals normally held?
Times vary for different projects:
Youth Theatre Rehearsals mostly take place on Wednesday evenings and some Sunday afternoons.
Inov8 Dance Theatre rehearse on a Sunday afternoon from 1.30pm
Collective meets on a Monday evening from 7pm
Workshops and special projects are mostly the same days but may vary if taking place during school holidays (Easter, Summer and Christmas).
What will I / my child learn?
In our projects members will learn various performing arts skills in singing, dancing, acting and other performance skills such as mime and improvisation and also teambuilding and confidence skills.
Does I / my child need to audition to be in the company?
No, every participant is welcome to join without auditioning for membership providing all membership application paperwork and requirements are met.
Does I / my child need to audition to be in productions?
The option is available to audition for specific roles but no, every child that becomes a member of PT becomes part of the company cast/chorus automatically and may only require to audition for a "Principal" role.
Is previous experience required?
Previous experience is not necessarily essential for people wishing to take part in projects as the emphasis is not on what you know, but what you are prepared to learn and it has already proved a winning formula over the past few years.
How can I be sure my child will be safe?
All our staff are briefed, experienced, trained and have an enhanced PVG Disclosure Check. All the venues that we use are safety checked and Risk Assessments are carried out for each project.
What if members don't want to perform?
There are opportunities for production assistants, stage management, lighting, sound, backstage experience and front of house providing you are 14 or over (16 in some cases). We do encourage an ensemble approach to productions and would encourage all members to be involved in some way in the lead up to a performance.
Can I stay and watch my child in classes or rehearsals?
Parents are asked to drop off their child to the class and pick up at the end in person to receive notes and any enquiries. Parents and relatives are allowed to sit in their childs' first session but otherwise parents are not allowed in rehearsals or classes whilst teaching is taking place. The same rule applies to dress rehearsals at the theatre.
Can I buy tickets for performances?
Yes, tickets are often sold by the company and performance venue and everyone is encouraged to come along, watch and support the performances.
Can I take video or photographs of my child's rehearsal or performance?
No, copyright and child protection legislation do not allow for video or photographs to be taken of the rehearsals or shows. Performance venues have the right to confiscate equipment if parents, relatives and members of the public attempt to use it. However, photographs may be taken by a registered and experienced company photographer and are available for parents to view online for free or purchase.