Spectrum Youth Theatre

Summer term 2018 – booking now open 

A creative club for 11-18 year olds with high functioning autism

Summer term: 28 April – 7 July 2018

Delve deeper into the curious world of shadow puppetry, as award winning Smoking Apples theatre company return to lead Spectrum Youth Theatre for the Summer Term. Participants will learn how to make and create their own shadow puppet characters and explore a range of different techniques including rod shadow puppets, overhead projection, silhouette puppetry and the manipulation of natural materials such as water and oil.

Jam packed with playfulness and fun, this term will culminate in an informal sharing of the groups work on Saturday 7th July.

Booking a place on Spectrum Youth Theatre

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.

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

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

History of Spectrum Youth Theatre

Spectrum Youth Theatre (SYT) is a puppet youth theatre for young people with Aspergers 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 23rd and 24th 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: