About us

Calderdale Theatre School is the Youth Theatre for young people from all over Calderdale. We currently have 80 members - young people aged 11 - 19 drawn from every area of the borough. 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.

We meet every Saturday in term time when the students get the opportunity to work with professional actors and drama teachers on theatre based skills workshops. These cover all aspects of theatre including 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, Alexander technique, stand-up comedy and many more. 


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.

Productions for 2018 are:

The Blue Electric Wind by Brad Birch

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens adapted by Declan Donnellan and 

The Mouse and His Child by Tamsin Ogleby

Calderdale Young Shorts - by the primary school children of Calderdale

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