About Us

About Burnley Youth Theatre

Burnley Youth Theatre was set up in 1973 and has grown into a vibrant, innovative charity which engages over 6500 children and young people per year through our five strands; Inclusive Youth Theatre, Productions, Outreach, Education and Training. Our mission is to ‘creatively inspire young people to take their next steps’ and we are passionate about developing children, young people and families to ensure they are confident, healthy, resilient and ready for the future.

Our Values

  • We value artistic quality and integrity in all the work that we do
  • We value giving opportunities to children, young people and families no matter what their background
  • We value the education, training and development of children and young people
  • We value the aspirations of children and young people and support them to realise their potential
  • We value the views of young people and always strive to give them a voice
  • We value, embrace and celebrate equality and diversity
  • We value best practice in the treatment and safeguarding of young people, staff and volunteers in a safe environment

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Our Work

Burnley Youth Theatre deliver, produce and programme a wide range of creative activities, productions and events which engage children, young people and families. We operate from a purpose built venue in Burnley, Lancashire which includes a 158 seat theatre, 3 studio spaces and 2 outdoor spaces. We deliver an exciting artistic programme at our home base, in schools and in community settings. We are an Arts Council National Portfolio organisation, recognition of the artistic work we deliver.

Inclusive Youth Theatre

We run 30 workshops per week from our Burnley based arts venue. Workshops are for ages 0 – 18 (up to 25 for LDD young people) and include drama, dance, music, technical theatre and film. We also run a range of workshops which specialise in empowering underrepresented groups including LGBTQ+, mental health, disability and parents / carers.

Productions

We produce at least 6 in-house high quality youth theatre productions per year which range from devised new work to scripted classics. We have a varied programme of professional touring theatre from established companies from across the UK including The Royal Exchange, Little Angel and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Outreach

We deliver youth and family engagement work in outreach settings which aims to tackle local issues and bring about change for communities, using the arts as a tool for exploring, challenging and creating ideas. This includes partnership working with local voluntary sector organisations including The Burnley and Pendle Faith Centre, Participation Works and local children’s and youth centres.

Education

We deliver a Creative Education programme in local primary, secondary and special schools, bringing the curriculum to life through the arts. We work with schools to improve attainment, language and confidence in young people through curriculum based workshops, after school drama clubs, CPD for teachers, Arts Award and Arts Mark.

Training

We deliver a training programme for emerging artists and arts workers and offer voluntary and paid work experience for anyone wanting to develop a career in the arts including performers, workshop leaders, arts administrators, technicians, front of house and marketers.