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Theatre Centre

Theatre Centre creates inspirational live theatre that reflects, celebrates and explores the worlds and experiences of children and young people in our increasingly diverse society. The company commissions new plays and tours to schools, studio venues and middle scale theatres. Our funding supports core costs.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £340,000
  • 2013-2014: £347,820
  • 2014-2015: £356,863

Video feed

Skylines Interviews Series: Anthony Banks

An interview in our Skylines series of resources for writers. Anthony Banks, Associate Director, NT Learning at the National Theatre, talks to us about commissioning plays to be performed by young people for the NT Connections series. Skylines is Theatre Centre's online resource for playwrights who would like to know more about writing plays for children and young people. Find out more and visit the full set of resources at: http://www.theatre-centre.co.uk/skylines/

Skylines introduction: Online resources for writers

Theatre Centre's Artistic Director, Natalie Wilson, examines our Skylines initiative - looking back at the writer development programme that took place with a closed group of 50 writers between 2012 and 2013, and launching the new online resource, available now.

Introduction to Learning Resources - What the Thunder Said

Schools Producer Marigold Hughes introduces teachers to learning resources that accompany What the Thunder Said by Ed Harris. For more information about the production, which is for children in Years 5 and 6, please visit the Theatre Centre website.

An interview with developmental psychologist Dr Natasha Kirkham

Developmental psychologist Dr Natasha Kirkham is interviewed by two primary school pupils about What the Thunder Said, a play produced by Theatre Centre at the culmination of a year-long project talking to children about their experiences of witnessing or experiencing violence. Theatre Centre has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953. Visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk for more information about the company's touring activity.

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An interview with playwright Ed Harris

Playwright Ed Harris is interviewed by two primary school pupils about his play, What the Thunder Said. Theatre Centre has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953. Visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk for more information about the company's touring activity.

In development: What the Thunder Said by Ed Harris

Spring 2014 will see a new Theatre Centre tour to primary schools across the country. Here, we show a small extract from the play in development. We use try out performances like this (in schools, without much set and without costumes) to help the playwright shape the play according to the feedback of our young audience and teachers. Theatre Centre has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953. Visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk for more information about the company's touring activity.

Theatre Centre's awards ceremony 2013

On the 14 November 2013 Theatre Centre announced the winners of its three key prizes for writers and actors: the Dorothy L. Sayers Award, the Adrienne Benham Award and the Brian Way Award for Best New Play. This video summarises the announcments made at the event, which celebrated actors Matt Bradley-Robinson and Adrian Richards, and writers Lou Ramsden and Danny Braverman. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Theatre Centre's 60th birthday speeches

On the 14 November 2013 Theatre Centre celebrated it's 60th birthday. We invited a number of individuals to speak about their Theatre Centre experiences, introduced by current Artistic Director Natalie Wilson. This short video features extracts of speeches made by: Alistair Melville-Smith, Chair; Irene MacDonald, Chair 1999-2009; Jenny Jules, Actress; Roy Williams, Playwright. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Evan Placey talks about Theatre Centre in the 2000s

Writer Evan Placey reminisces about his experiences with Theatre Centre in the 2000s. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Drama & Performing Arts: Under threat?

In autumn 2013 Theatre Centre organised a series of panel discussions around the teaching of drama in secondary schools. Drama and the performing arts are perceived to be under threat, with 23% of teachers of these subjects reporting that qualifications or courses have been withdrawn. However, with these individuals on board, champions drama's place on the curriculum and in the school community, we at Theatre Centre think there's hope yet. Theatre Centre has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953. Visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk for more information about the company's touring activity.

Sarah Gordy talks about Theatre Centre in the 2000s

Actress Sarah Gordy reminisces about her experiences with Theatre Centre in the 2000s. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Roy Williams talks about Theatre Centre in the 1980s

Writer and former actor Roy Williams reminisces about his experiences with Theatre Centre in the 1980s. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Matt Bradley-Robinson talks about Theatre Centre in the 2000s

Actor Matt Bradley-Robinson reminisces about his experiences at Theatre Centre in the 2000s. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Marlene Sidaway talks about Theatre Centre in the 1960s

Actress Marlene Sidaway reminisces about her experiences at Theatre Centre in the 1960s. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Kevin Lancelot Everiste talks about Theatre Centre in the 2000s

Actor Kevin Lancelot Everiste reminisces about her experiences at Theatre Centre in the 2000s. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Jenny Jules talks about Theatre Centre in the 1980s

Actress Jenny Jules reminisces about her experiences at Theatre Centre in the 1980s. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Irene MacDonald talks about Theatre Centre in the 1980s

Former Chair of Theatre Centre's board, Irene MacDonald reminisces about her experiences of Theatre Centre, beginning in the 1980s when she was the Arts Council's Education Officer. She recounts a story about how Norman Tebbit raised questions about Theatre Centre's work in parliament when the company commissioned and toured David Holman's 'Peace Plays'. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Gemma Fairlie talks about Theatre Centre in the 2000s

Director Gemma Fairlie reminisces about her experiences of Theatre Centre in the 2000s. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Brenda Foulds talks about Theatre Centre in the 1960s

Theatre Centre visited Brenda Foulds' primary school and secondary, and ultimately she ended up working for the company. Here she reminisces about her experiences of Theatre Centre. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Bernadette O'Brien talks about Theatre Centre in the 1990s

Former Artistic Associate Bernadette O'Brien reminisces about her experiences working for Theatre Centre in the 1990s. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Angela McSherry talks about Theatre Centre in the 1980s

Angela McSherry reminisces about her experiences at Theatre Centre in the 1980s. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Advice for the Young at Heart trailer

Theatre Centre presents Advice for the Young at Heart, a new play by Roy Williams, at schools and theatre venues until February 2014. In this video, audience members give their reaction to the play. Advice for the Young at Heart is written specifically for young people aged 14+ and explores the unrest of summer 2011 against the backdrop of the 1958 Notting Hill race riots. For more information, to book a performance into your school, or to purchase tickets at a venue near you visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk/advice

Adopt an Actor

Advice for the Young at Heart marks the professional theatre debut of actors Matt Bradley-Robinson and Adrian Richards. Hear about their experience of working for Theatre Centre and join our Adopt an Actor campaign. Visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk/support-us to lend your support, so Theatre Centre can continue to offer these experiences to emerging actors.

Interview with Natalie Wilson

Natalie Wilson - the director of Advice for the Young at Heart - is interviewed by Daniel Schindler, Drama teacher at School 21 in Newham, London.

Interview with Roy Williams

Roy Williams, the playwright behind Advice for the Young at Heart, is interviewed by two students and talks about where his ideas came from, his writing process and the creation of his characters.

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