The Brit Youth Theatre

By Lewis Wescott

I’ve been involved with The Brit Youth Theatre since it was founded in 2005 but am very rarely seen on stage… Having worked my way up I am now Stage Manager which means I coordinate everything ‘behind the scenes’ and production week I sit at a desk side of stage with a script and ‘call’ the show; directing everything backstage - scenery, flight team, sound and lights.

Unlike other local performing arts stage schools, The Brit Youth Theatre work towards performances on stage at the end of each term. It keeps the cast motivated with drive, energy and excitement! I love the buzz of working in a live theatre environment, bringing the whole rehearsal process to life and seeing how proud parents are after each performance!

Our tutors are professionally trained actors with film, TV and West End theatre credits. Steve (co-founder) is still on stage in London 6 days a week as ensemble and understudy to Dad in Billy Elliot as well as teaching at Brit Youth!

Some of the children in our productions have been with us from the start and I’ve seen them grow massively in their abilities, performances but also into confident young adults. Many have gone on to Drama schools, TV and theatre work and even onto The X Factor! Having contacts in the industry means we are able to put children forward for castings to give them invaluable experiences.

The children involved are from the ages of 6-18 and classes are divided into 6-11 and 12-18 who rehearse separately then at the end of term everybody comes together into one big group!

We present 2 shows a year, this year on 22nd December we are putting on Brit Youth Rocks, a revue show with lots of opportunity for aspiring talent to shine! In June 2014 we are excited to present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. These are always put on at professional theatres in Birmingham such as The Crescent and Midlands Arts Centre.

Classes are held on Sundays at 10am-12.30pm in Sutton Coldfield at Bishop Walsh School and in Solihull from 2-4.30pm at The Dovehouse Theatre. If you or your child would like to be involved in our fantastic productions, please visit www.thebrityouththeatre.co.uk or call Michelle on 07958 949 858.

By Lewis Wescott, Stage Manager at The Brit Youth Theatre. Follow the team at @BritYouth or Facebook.

Photos: The Brit Youth Theatre