Theatre Royal Wakefield operates at the heart of the Wakefield community. As well as a vibrant and varied programme of produced and touring work, the Theatre runs a busy Learning and Participation Department. The Theatre runs bespoke training and skills programmes throughout the year running regular theatre skills training for young people age 5-18 years and working across a number of identified at-risk groups including young people from low-income families, socially isolated older people, learning disabled young people and adults working to improve their mental wellbeing. Through our fundraising efforts, a number of our projects are free for participants and all projects offer bursaries to ensure that participation is not restricted by economic means. 25% of participants in our skills training programmes for young people and Wakefield Youth Music Theatre productions benefit from financial support, supported by the local business community, through individual giving and through grant funding.
In 2018 - 2019 our Learning and Participation team engaged with over 3000 people providing over 16,000 instances of participation across over 500 sessions
“I am pleased that our involvement in education and outreach is now a centrepiece of our work and this, together with a growing number of in-house productions, helps us to provide something unique for Wakefield.”Sir Rodney Walker
Life President of Theatre Royal Wakefield
Train in Performance and Theatre Making Skills
We run regular weekly training for young people aged 5 - 18 years through our Theatre Royal Performance Academy and our 18 - 30 year old young theatre makers company In On The Act. Throughout the week we work with over 220 young people in the district, improving their skills and love of theatre and the performing arts.
Be in a Show
We regularly hold open auditions for our large musical productions and for our pantomime chorus. Our yearly Wakefield Youth Music Theatre shows are high-quality popular shows and allow the district to celebrate the talents of the young people in Wakefield. Our Performance Academy and our In On The Act group also have performances at the Theatre each year.
Theatre Royal Wakefield have a track record of responding to new and exciting creative challenges and we have a wealth of expertise and knowledge in creating tailor-made projects and commissioned work. If you have an idea for a new project or performance then please get in touch with Rhiannon Hannon.