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Children and Young People
Youth Theatre   (13-16’s)

Our Senior Youth Theatre is based at the Shakespeare North Playhouse. We focus on developing acting skills in a wide range of genres, from script-work to improvisation and devising.


The company create and produce two shows per year for public performance in theatres and outdoor venues, as well as participating in a wide range of local cultural events and festivals.

Members also have the opportunity to gain Arts Awards leadership qualifications as they progress.

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Young    Shakespeare Company (14-21’s)

The Young Shakespeare Company for ages 14 - 21 are based at the Shakespeare North Playhouse and Imaginarium Arts Hub. 


This year's production is an adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew in the Sir Ken Dodd Performance Garden at the Shakespeare North Playhouse. 


The Young Shakespeare Company focus on outdoor performance, giving young people the opportunity to explore Shakespeare from an actor's perspective.

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Young Actors Company (16-19’s)

The Imaginarium Young Actors Company for ages 16 to 19 take part in National Theatre Connections.


This year's production is The Heights by Lisa McGee, the award-winning screenwriter and playwright from Derry - creator, writer and executive producer of Derry Girls.  


The Young Actors are based at the Imaginarium Arts Hub.  Auditions are held in the autumn term for performances in April and May at the Shakespeare North Playhouse Studio and Home in Manchester as part of the National Theatre Connections programme. 

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Arts Awards & Artsmark

As a registered Arts Award Centre we deliver high quality qualifications as part of our ongoing work in schools and within our own Children and Young People's programmes.


These recognised qualifications help young people to build and develop social and academic skills; whilst also having fun and building their confidence.


Imaginarium are also an schools' Artsmark partner. The Artsmark Partnership Programme is an Arts Council England endorsed network of arts and cultural organisations that understand the Artsmark criteria and can support schools and education settings on their Artsmark journey to embed arts and culture across the curriculum.

Our Junior Youth Theatre (ages 8 -12) runs every Wednesday during school term time between 4:30 - 5:45pm at the Shakespeare North Playhouse


Membership of the Junior Youth Theatre is free. Sessions focus on exploring the world through drama and developing valuable social skills such as communication, problem solving and team work.

The Junior Youth Theatre produces two original shows each year.

Children are also given opportunities to be supported through Discover and Explore Arts Awards in partnership with Trinity College, London and Arts Council England. 


We also run FREE creative play sessions during the school holidays for ages 5 and up.

Young Cultural Leaders (16-21)

Imaginarium Theatre are offering a new opportunity for young people aged 16-21 to develop creative abilities, life skills, a wider understanding of arts and culture, and gain an arts leadership qualification.

This opportunity is FREE and participants will gain a Gold Arts Award, (level 3 qualification from Trinity College London worth 16 UCAS points, the equivalent of an AS Level) along with practical experience supported by professional artists. Placements will be for 12 months.

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