Cumbria Youth Theatre has 100 members and is still growing

Cumbria Youth Theatre now has 100 members and it’s still growing.New terms have got off to a great start this year in Keswick, Workington and Cockermouth. Theatre by the Lake practitioners who deliver the youth theatre programme in the three towns are delighted by the response of young people in the area and have now signed up over 100 members aged between 8 and 18.

This term, The Young Performers in each location who are all aged between 10 and 14, will be exploring the theme of ‘giants’. The Carnegie Young Performers, sponsored by Studsvik UK Ltd in Workington, will be looking at the story of The Steel Giant and exploring direct links to the town’s industrial history. They will be using shadow puppetry and projection to bring the story to life and make it relevant to present day. The Kirkgate Young Performers will be working on the story of The Selfish Giant which explores themes of belonging, location and a sense of place and the Keswick group will be using a story called Jack and the Giant. This inspirational tale looks at friendship, fear of the unknown and the realisation that the only thing holding you back is yourself. Over the ten week term the groups will be delving into the meaning of the stories, studying the dialogue and exploring how the stories relate to their everyday lives. They will also look at physicalisation, vocal skills, set design, shadow work and learn how to create their own soundscape. Terms will end in March with a performance for family and friends.

This week, The Carnegie Youth Theatre received a visit from their sponsors, Studsvik UK Ltd.  Victoria Cooke, Marketing Officer at Studsvik came to see the group in action and said, “The Carnegie Youth Theatre provides an excellent environment for young people to come together and be creative.  Having attended one of the sessions I can see how the experience builds confidence and channels energy from the participants into something productive and fun.  Studsvik is delighted to be supporting this platform and I look forward to visiting the group again to see their progress.”

The Carnegie Young Performers meet on Wednesdays in The Carnegie from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. The Kirkgate Young Performers meet on Thursdays at the Kirkgate in Cockermouth from 5.30pm – 7.30pm and the Keswick group meets on Fridays at the Rawnsley Hall, Main Street, Keswick on Fridays from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. Places are available at all locations but practitioners are particularly keen to recruit to The Carnegie Performers.  Please contact 01900 870111 or visit for details.

Theatre by the Lake also offers sessions for 15 – 18 year olds. The Keswick Young Actors meet on Fridays at The Rawnsley Hall from 7.30pm – 9.30pm. .  Please contact 01900 870111 or visit for details. Due to the success of this group a Young Actors group has now been launched at the Kirkgate Centre in Cockermouth on Thursdays from 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Places are available at Cockermouth by calling 01900 829966. Costs vary depending on location.

Monthly Young Players’ sessions aimed at 8-9 year olds are also available in Keswick and Cockermouth.

Picture shows The Young Players at The Kirkgate.