Spectrum Youth Theatre
Aimed at high-functioning teens on the autistic spectrum
Autumn term: Sat 28 September – Sat 7 December (with a half term break on 26 October)
2 – 4pm
Working with professional puppetry directors and makers, youth theatre members make puppets, learn puppetry performance skills and make a show across the two terms.
The term includes a show visit to The Dong with a Luminous Nose on Saturday 5 October at 4.30pm.
Booking a place on Spectrum Youth Theatre
We are accepting new recruits for the autumn 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 Ellie Mills, Participation Manager.
Telephone: 020 3819 7206 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: £125 per person per term/£85 concessions
If you are a returning Spectrum member and would like to book onto the autumn term, bookings for full price places can be made in person at the theatre or over the phone on 020 7226 1787.
Concession bookings must be made in person at the theatre. Please bring the relevant documentation with you. Follow this link to see if you are eligible for a concession rate: Concessions declaration form
These classes take place at Little Angel Studios.
Please note we cannot reserve places on courses or classes, so book early to avoid disappointment.
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: