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+


We are currently in the process of planning our new programme for the 2021/22 year.
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.

In the meantime, please save the date for our Annual Review – a celebration of our year led by our members – on Thursday 28th October, 7pm.

Projects we are currently running:

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.


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.