Children’s and Youth Theatre

Located at Beckenham Theatre on Bromley Road, our Children’s Theatre (for children aged 8-14) meets every Saturday in term-time,(including half term) and teaches a vast array of stage skills and disciplines from movement and projection, to singing and dancing, through a variety of improvisations, games and other activities.

The Beckenham Theatre Youth Group (for teenagers aged 14-18) meets every Thursday evening in term-time and continues to build on the lessons learned at the children’s theatre. They are encouraged to express themselves through drama, dance and song, and learn important skills for anyone interested in the performing arts.

The building of confidence and forming of new friendships outside of school have also been beneficial to those who have participated in the children’s or youth group. Our testimony is that no-one wants to leave, Hence our waiting list situation.

Unlike many drama clubs for young people, our youth group and children’s theatre learn to perform on a full working stage – in fact, Beckenham Theatre is the smallest full theatre in the UK, complete with fly loft. Unusually, there is also no charge for classes, as the groups are led by experienced volunteers (though members with children involved in these groups pay an extra £10 per year in membership).

The Children’s Theatre was first formed in 1948 and has continued to be a vital part of Beckenham Theatre ever since. Our younger members have the opportunity to perform in two dedicated productions each year, timed to coincide with the May and October half terms, and auditions are open to Children’s Theatre and Youth Group attendees, as well as new faces.

Workshops for the children’s and youth theatres are held as follows during school term-times including half terms. Thursday youth group does not take place during a production.

Children’s Theatre:         Saturday mornings, 10.00 – 11.30 (age 8-11) and 12.00 – 13.30 (age 11-14)                                                                                                                  

Youth Theatre:                Thursday evenings, 20.00 – 21.30 (age 14-18)                                                                                                                           

Unfortunately, we currently have no places available at either the children’s or youth theatre groups.

Please note that a huge amount of (voluntary) work goes into running the children’s and youth groups, and it is expected that parents of children involved will support the theatre by attending as many shows and social functions as possible, as well as helping out backstage, with costumes or chaperoning duties, as necessary.

Update regarding workshops and rehearsals at Beckenham Theatre

As with other places of education, we are following the latest advice from Public Health England regarding COVID-19.

Workshops and rehearsals will continue to run whilst schools are still open.

Please do not attend if:

  • You or your child have a persistent cough
  • You or your child have a high temperature
  • You or your child have recently travelled to a category 1 country

We understand if you or your child are concerned about attending whilst the number of reported cases of coronavirus continues to rise.  If your child is unable to attend workshops for the reasons above, or you would prefer them not to attend during the pandemic, please be assured that their place will be kept open until they are able to return.

Please report their absence in the usual way, through emailing childrensbtc@gmail.com, or texting Louise (07515 776618) or Emma (07516 800778). Please also let us know if you or your child are diagnosed with coronavirus after attending workshops or rehearsals so that we can inform all attendees.

Should rehearsals for our May production of ‘Our Day Out’ be significantly affected by closure or absence, we will review the feasibility of the production going ahead.

We will, of course, keep you updated should the guidance change.