Spectrum Youth Theatre

Aimed at high-functioning teens on the autistic spectrum 

Spring term: Sat 19 January – Sat 16 March + production week 18 – 24 March (with a half term break on 23 February)
2 – 4pm
Location: Studios

Spectrum Youth Theatre will be working to create their own show to be performed at the Little Angel Studios in March 2019. Taking inspiration from the theme of explorers, participants will look to the past and the future worlds to devise their own unique story. They will work with directors and theatre makers from Smoking Apples Theatre Company to create their own story and puppets, as well as perform as puppeteers in the final piece.

The term includes a show visit to Prince Charming on Sat 2 March at 2.30pm.

Summer term: Sat 27 April – Sat 22 June (with a half term break on 1 June)
2 – 4.30pm
Location: Studios

With the assistance of professional puppetry directors and makers, youth theatre members will work over 8 sessions to make puppets and learn puppetry performance skills.

The term includes a show visit to Suffrajitsu on Sat 8 June at 4.30pm.

Booking a place on Spectrum Youth Theatre

We are accepting new recruits for the spring term and would love to hear from you.

If you are a new recruit and would like to make an enquiry about joining Spectrum Youth Theatre or any of our youth activities/classes please contact Slavka Jovanovic, Head of Learning.

Telephone: 0203 780 5973 or email: slavka@littleangeltheatre.com

Cost: £120 per person per term/£80 concessions (Concessions declaration form).

History of Spectrum Youth Theatre

Spectrum Youth Theatre (SYT) is a puppet youth theatre for young people with Asperger’s or high functioning autism. It began in May 2014, as a pilot project, with support from Turtle Key Arts, and has gone from strength to strength. They first performed on the stage at Little Angel Theatre in July 2014. It was a show called Maui’s Island and was directed by Joanne Skapinker and Scott Durkin.

Between September 2015 and April 2017 the youth theatre worked with professional theatre company Smoking Apples. In March 2016 they presented a group devised piece entitled The Creature, which was performed, to much acclaim, at Little Angel Theatre (photo above). This was followed by an equally successful devised piece called Beyond the Flash, which was presented at Little Angel Theatre in March 2017.

Spectrum Youth Theatre were invited to perform Beyond the Flash at the first ever Autism Arts Festival, which took place at the University of Kent, in Canterbury, on 29th and 20th April 2017.

Between September 2017 and March 2018, the youth theatre was led by Dylan Tate (Director) and Ellie Mills (Designer). They worked on futuristic themes to create a devised play called It’s Not the End of the World: ABOVE. This was presented as a double bill with It’s Not the End of the World: BELOW, devised and presented by Little Angel Youth Theatre. These shows were premiered at the Pauline Quirke Academy on 23 and 24 March 2018.

Who is Spectrum Youth Theatre for?

This is a perfect club for artists, model builders, designers, problem solvers, puppeteers, performers and people with big imaginations or a quirky take on life. We observe life and create fantastic stories about things that matter to us.

You can read more about Autism and Puppetry from the perspective of Josiah Carr, Spectrum Youth Theatre member, here: