Become a member

What’s it like to be a Member of LYT?

Hear from our members about what they get out of LYT’s projects:

 

Who can be a member of LYT? If you live or learn in the London Borough of Lewisham, are aged between 8-24, attend no other after school drama provision and want to find out more about theatre and performing – both onstage and backstage, then Lewisham Youth Theatre could have a project for you.

What projects do LYT run? Visit our Youth Theatre Pages to find out more about each of our core projects:
Under 8s
Ages 8-11
Ages 12-14
Technical Theatre (12+)
Ages 14-21s
Next Steps for Ages 16+

OUR CURRENT PROGRAMMES

We are currently delivering a range of activities and planning new activities for our new space at 142-144 Lewisham High Street.
If you are interested hearing about new projects, please fill in the NEW ENQUIRY form and we’ll be in touch when a project becomes available.

Projects we are currently running:

  • Technical Theatre – an introduction to backstage roles for ages 12-14
  • Junior Youth Theatre 8-11s are rehearsing a new play ‘Stories from the Playground
  • Junior Youth Theatre 12-14s – an introductory project for those interested in performance
  • Senior Youth Theatre – an introductory project for ages 14-18 interested in performance
  • Members’ Committee are helping us design and fit out our new creative hub
  • Facilitator Training Project – training young adults aged 18-25 to become workshop leaders

Projects Coming Up:

How do you make sure projects are safe?
You can find out more about how we risk assess our work and keep participants safe on our policy page.

How do I sign up?
If you’d like to hear more about these project, make sure we have your details by filling in a New Enquiry Form. We’ll be in touch when we’re recruiting for a project in your age group.

Learn more about how we recruit for and allocate places on projects: download our Project Recruitment Strategy

If you’re 18+, you can also volunteer with LYT as a directing assistant or backstage assistant. Download a Volunteer Application Form and visit our volunteering page for more information.


REFERRALS TO LYT PROJECTS

What We Offer: We provide additional support to children and young people in need who are referred to our projects. Support includes:

  • one-to-one meetings with participants and parents/carers/workers to help young people access our activities,
  • ongoing individualised support throughout the project
  • bursaries for additional theatre trips/opportunities.

Referral Criteria: We accept referrals of children and young people aged 8-24 who are ‘in need’ and could use additional support to engage in our projects.

LYT defines participants ‘in need’ as:

  • Coming from families in receipt of means-tested benefits;
  • Having a disability, special or mental health need (including a processing/learning difficulty, autism spectrum disorder or high anxiety);
  • Coming from disrupted families (including looked-after children, young carers, those known to social services or bereaved young people);
  • Facing marginalisation or requiring additional support to take part (including those with English as an additional language; young immigrants, young people who have been or at risk of exclusion)

In order to take part, young people must:

  • Want to engage in drama or technical theatre sessions
  • Live or learn in Lewisham
  • Attend no other after school drama group
  • Be able to work in a group without one-to-one support
  • Priority is given to those in state/free schools, academies or home schooling

We ask young people to be keen to take part and to commit to the full project. We do not offer drop-in sessions.

How to Refer: If you work with a Lewisham young person who could benefit from LYT’s projects, please complete a Referral Form and return it to Amy Lewis. LYT staff will contact you to discuss the best way to support the young person to access LYT’s projects.