Youth Theatre

About Burnley Youth Theatre


Our Inclusive Youth Theatre programme offers creative workshops for children, young people and families. Delivering weekly workshops in creative play, drama, dance, musical theatre and technical theatre for ages 0 – 18 (up to 25 for young people with learning difficulties or disabilities). A range of workshops which specialise in empowering underrepresented groups including LGBTQ+, mental health, disability and parents / carers are also available.

We produce at least 6 youth theatre productions each year which range from devised new work to scripted classics. All auditions for these productions are open to everyone.

Burnley Youth Theatre has an inclusive open door policy and we want to welcome all children, young people and families to take part in our workshops and productions, no matter what their background or experience. A Financial Support Grant Scheme is an option for those who are unable to afford to donate each season, please request more information about this scheme when booking onto a workshop or attending an audition.

See below to find out more information about our workshops and how to get involved.

Inclusive BYT

Burnley Youth Theatre is fully inclusive and we want to encourage any young person with a learning difficulty or disability (LDD) or even those who may just need some extra support to participate fully in our workshops. Our Connect sessions are on a Wednesday evening which are specifically for LDD children and young people. These sessions have two staff members and are well supported to cater for all needs.

We also encourage LDD children and young people who feel they do not need as much support to attend all other workshops as all of our workshops are inclusive. We will endeavour to have volunteer support in workshops where additional support is needed to enable ALL children and young people to attend alongside their non-disabled peers.

Visits with children, young people and their parents / carers can be arranged to discuss specific needs and give a tour of the building to settle new participants in.

If you would like more information about Inclusive BYT or to arrange a visit then please contact Laura Simpson, at

Creative Play


Creative Families
ages 0-4 and their parents/carers
This family workshop uses arts, crafts, storytelling, music and creative play to unlock the imaginations of little ones and encourage parents and carers to get creative with their families.
£3.50 for a family of up to  3 children and two adults – drop in session.
Tuesday 11am – 12pm

Little Imaginations
ages 2-4
Children will use music, storytelling, role-play and craft to learn and have fun. These independent sessions are a great way to give children a head start by building confidence in their early years.
Tuesday 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Mini Theatre Makers
ages 4-6
This session uses storytelling, interaction and imaginative play as the perfect introduction to drama.
Children will develop skills to create theatre using props, costume and most importantly – their imaginations!
Tuesday 5pm – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 11pm


Drama workshops

Drama Discoverers
ages 6-8
Using games, role-play and storytelling to learn the basics of performance, channel their creativity and boost their confidence.
Tuesday 4pm – 5pm
Saturday 11am – 12pm

Drama Explorers
ages 8-11
Activities will include learning drama and performance skills using an imaginative approach, all whilst building confidence and having fun.
Tuesday 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Wednesday 5pm – 6pm
Saturday 12pm – 1pm

Drama Creatives
ages 11-14
Allowing young people to develop their own style and use various techniques to create theatre. They will grow in confidence and develop skills in character, voice and movement.
Wednesday 6pm – 7:30pm
Thursday 6pm – 7:30pm

Young Actors
ages 14-18 (up to 25 for LDD)
From developing characters to experimenting with different styles of theatre, participants will develop the skills to become confident performers with a deeper understanding of script work, devising and improvisation.
Thursday 7:30pm – 9:30pm



Dance Discoverers and Explorers
ages 6-11
Children, will work with a choreographer to develop skills in various dance styles and create a unique performance for the end of season showcase event. This workshop is suitable for both Discoverers and Explorers age range.
Thursday 5pm – 6pm

Dance Creatives
ages 11-18 (up to 25 for LDD)
Young people who love to dance and want to learn new styles will work with a choreographer to create edgy original routines. They will explore contemporary, street dance and hip-hop to create their own work.
Thursday 4pm – 5pm


Musical Theatre

Musical Discoverers and Explorers
ages 6 – 11
Children will develop their singing voices and expand their knowledge of the world of musical theatre. Building their confidence to perform a piece at the end of season showcase event. This workshop is suitable for both Discoverers and Explorers age range.
Thursday 4pm – 5pm

Musical Creatives
ages 11-18 (up to 25 for LDD)
Young people will perform as a complete chorus, creating close harmonies and complex chords. Singing songs from the world’s most loved musicals, they will show off their new skills at a showcase event.
Thursday 5pm – 6pm

Disability Workshops


Connect Discovers and Explorers
ages 6-11
Children with disabilities or learning difficulties will explore stories using drama, voice, movement and music. Fully supported session. Parents/carers can meet us before to discuss individual needs. Siblings welcome.
Wednesday 5pm – 6pm

Connect Creatives
ages 11-25
Young people with disabilities or learning difficulties will use drama, movement and music to develop skills and confidence. Fully supported session. Parents/carers can meet us before to discuss individual needs.
Wednesday 6pm – 7pm

Adult Connect
ages 18+
A great session for adults with disabilities or learning difficulties to explore the world of theatre, bring their ideas to life and create new work. Carers are welcome to attend the session.
Wednesday 1:30pm – 3pm

Specialist Workshops


After The Rain
ages 11-18 (up to 25 for LDD)
This drama group explores themes and issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning
(LGBTQ+) young people. It is open to anybody who believes in equality and wants to bring about change.
Wednesdat 6pm – 7:30pm

ages 11-18 (up to 25 for LDD)
Explore the issues that matter to young people’s well being today. Promote positive, political and social change. Attend international exchanges and use physical theatre, spoken word and other techniques to create productions
Tuesday 6pm – 7:30pm

Arts Award

Arts Award

Arts Award
Discover & Explore (ages 6-11)
Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification. Children will take part in art activities and create a portfolio of their achievements.
This session is free, with an accreditation cost of £30 per award.
Thursday 4pm – 5pm

Arts Award
Bronze, Silver & Gold (ages 11+)
All interests, abilities and art forms will be supported to achieve a higher level Arts Award qualification, with the Gold award recognised by UCAS.
The session is free, with accreditation cost of £40 per award.
Thursday 5pm – 6pm

Workshop Booking

To book onto your preferred workshop give us a call or visit us. Please see Visit Us for opening hours.

01282 427767

Burnley Youth Theatre,
Queens Park Road,
Burnley, BB10 3LB

Each workshop costs £35 at the start of each season of 10 sessions, which is to be paid as a donation. Discounts are available for multiple activities and multiple siblings, (see the chart). Donations must be paid at the time of booking in person or by phone and can be paid by cash, cheque or card.

If you feel unable to donate upfront you will be able to join our Monthly Payment Scheme, just ask when booking.

We have an inclusive open door policy and want to welcome all children, young people and families to attend, regardless of their financial situation. We can support a small number or participants to receive financial support to attend. To request a Financial Support Grant form, contact You will be able to book onto a workshop once your Financial Support Grant has been confirmed.

Multiple Activities

  • 1 Workshop
    £35 per child
  • 2 Workshops
    £55 per child
  • 3+ Workshops
    £75 per child
  • Production
    £35 per child

Family Discount

  • 2 Siblings
    15% off
  • 3 Siblings
    30% off
  • 4+ Siblings
    50% off