Oast Youth Theatre
The Oast Youth Theatre offers a broad theatre experience for 14 to 19 year olds who want to build their confidence, work as a team and want to have fun while developing skills in drama or the theatre. Hoppers is our group for 8 to 13 year olds.
Everyone can have a go at everything here at the Oast, whether it is acting, hands on with lighting, sound, backstage work, set building or costuming all in our well-resourced theatre. Some of our members have even written plays for us to perform!
We hold regular workshops (evening club nights with a mix of improv, games, script work and learning) three or four times a month, produce three full length productions a year, take part in drama festivals (including National Theatre Connections) and have annual residential workshops. In addition, we have a very active social calendar.
2015/16 Highlights So Far
- Three-day Residential Workshop during which we created the short zombie film Residential Evil.
- 18th-26th September (not 22nd): Mort, by Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs (dir. Jason Lower) featuring two full casts
- Woking Drama Festival: Fallout, by Scott Kingsnorth (dir. Robbie Rickard and Toby Robbins - YT members) - for which YT member Cameron Rout was nominated Best Junior Player.
- Woking Drama Festival: The Life of Someone Normal, by Charlotte Souter - YT member (dir. Robyn Bannister - YT member) - for which YT members Millie Smith won Best Supporting Actress; Robbie Rickard,Best Junior Player; and Robyn Bannister was nominated for the Adjudicator's Prize.
- The Oast Olympics
- Rehearsed Reading: Teenage Wasteland, by Andy Taylor (dir. Rachel Rose - YT member)
- 11th-19th December (extra matinée performance on 19th) - The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame, adapted by Alan Bennett (dir. Jason Lower with Sandra Barfield) featuring two full casts of youth/adults and three Hoppers casts
- Christmas Workshop
- Isi Thomas, YT member, appears in the Oast's Murder Mystery.
- Our usual workshops continue alongside rehearsals for Teenage Wasteland, Chapel Street, Bassett and Pronoun
- Southern Counties Drama Festival: Teenage Wasteland, by Andy Taylor (dir. Rachel Rose - YT member)
- Southern Counties Drama Festival: Late Entry, by David Tristram (dir. Jason Lower)
- Sevenoaks District Drama Festival: Teenage Wasteland / Late Entry double bill
- 30th March-2nd April: OYT Double Bill: Bassett, by James Graham (part of the National Theatre Connections programme) and Pronoun, by Evan Placey (dir. Jason Lower)
- 14th May: Marlowe Theatre: Bassett, by James Graham (part of the National Theatre Connections programme) - see a taste of our trip in this short film by Youth member Daniel Holden:
- WhatAbout Festival, Stanwick Lakes
- Oast Youth Residential 2016
- The Laramie Project
- The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later
This is all alongside our regular programme of workshops and rehearsals.