Calderdale Theatre School is the Youth Theatre for young people aged 7 - 18 from all over Calderdale. Formed in 1968 by the Education Department as part of the arts provision and as a companion school for the Music School and the P. E. School, we became an independent voluntary organisation in 1992 and a charity in 2013.
Our older students meet every Saturday in term time when they get the opportunity to work with professional actors and drama teachers on theatre based skills workshops. These cover all aspects of theatre including devising, mime, improvisation, directing and voice. We draw on a wide network of practitioners (some of them ex-students) to provide specialist workshops on dance, stage fighting, mask work, stand-up comedy and many more.
From 2023 our Primary aged students will meet on Wednesdays to develop their drama skills through games, improvising and playmaking.
We try to give our students the opportunity to take part in full length productions in professional venues. Each year we try to choose scripts so that they have a very different performing experience. You can find out more about all our productions on our productions pages.