I’m Laura and I am the proud Director of Surrey Youth Theatre Godalming, which I launched in September 2012. Having worked in the industry for many years, it had been a lifelong ambition of mine to create a company where children could learn new skills in the performing arts without pressure or competition. Not because they want to go on to become professional performers (although those that do are wholly supported) but because they want to sing more, act more and dance more; make new friends; learn something new; feel proud of themselves but mostly feel excited all day to finish school and go to youth theatre just like I did many, many years ago. Since we began, Surrey Youth Theatre Godalming has established itself as a leading company in providing the highest standard of training to young people.
Our weekly sessions run during the week in the centre of Godalming. (See class timetable) with performances held at The Borough Hall. Our young people meet in groups according to their age and are led by a team of outstanding teachers who are not only experienced in the teaching field but are also talented performers who have trained at accredited drama schools.
All staff and volunteers at Surrey Youth Theatre Godalming are DBS checked, first aid trained, and fully insured. You can read more about the team here.
Aside from our weekly sessions which work towards two productions a year, we also host specialist workshops from guest professionals during the school holidays and offer the option of private tuition. In addition to all of this, we are a registered private centre for LAMDA examinations and run acting exam courses throughout the year. For more on this, visit the LAMDA page on this site.
So, what actually goes on during a session? Well, aside from rehearsing for a production, we explore a whole host of skills such as improvisation, script work, television technique, musical theatre, stage combat, voice technique… and we play a lot of games! And laugh! A lot! We also go on theatre trips, have fundraising events and take part in community events.
But most importantly, our young people develop in confidence, communication and empathy and thrive on being part of a team. These are beneficial whatever career path your child chooses and the skills learned at Surrey Youth Theatre will set them up for life.
Why not come along for a free taster session…we can’t wait to meet you!
"A wonderful group where the children’s creativity is valued and nurtured.
Our son has flourished at SYTG thanks to Laura & her team! Professional excellence in a fun & caring environment. It’s a gem!"
Moira (Mum of Sean)