Riverside Youth Theatre (RYT) was started in 1982 to provide opportunities for young people aged between 12 and 18 who have an interest in drama.
Members can join the acting team or the technical, and many members choose to experience both.
Productions range from period costume drama to musicals and are always demanding.We aim to encourage an interest and develop skills and experience in all aspects of theatre. Actors experience auditions, rehearsals and the staging of real productions which are presented to live audiences. The technical team learn about lighting, sound and set building, and are involved in the rehearsals and live performances.
The group is run by a small committee of volunteers made up of past and present parents, some of whom have been involved in the professional theatre.
We meet every Sunday 2-6pm and members are expected to attend every week and to demonstrate a real commitment to whatever is going on.
Most of the time the group is involved in preparing for the next production – actors will be auditioning, learning lines and songs, rehearsing scenes and developing their talents – technical members will be learning about lighting and sound while preparing for the requirements of the production. From time to time special we also have specific workshops to develop new skills or to compliment the performance of particular scenes.
Alongside this, the stage crew will be designing, building and planning the stage set, gathering props and choosing costumes – or making them on many occasions! As production week approaches, members are expected to attend longer sessions for technical and dress rehearsals.
We have access to a fully equipped stage, excellent technical facilities, workshops and dressing rooms. .
Our current annual fee for Membership is £80.00, payable in full in September or in two installments of £40.00 in September and January. This covers the costs that RYT incurs for hiring the stage and rehearsal facilities, insurance and other running expenses.
Members may also be required of to contribute towards scripts or music scores to help cover the costs – normally £5 for each production.
RYT is affiliated to the Riverside Arts Centre (RAC), which is a charity, and survives on the funds it receives from membership, tickets sales, and the occasional fund-raising events we may stage during the year.
New members are usually invited to RYT in September or January, as we prepare for the new production seasons.
There is a waiting list for membership, but existing members do sometime leave or move away from the area so if we need to make up numbers we could contact you at any time of the year. Both boys and girls can start as soon as they reach 12 years of age, or at any age up to 18.
Go to the ‘Contact Us’ page to find out more.
Remember, commitment is everything.