We've opened the first youth theatre in Wales specifically catering for D/deaf and hard of hearing young people.
This year following years of planning, thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need and the Ashley Family Foundation and support from Wales Millennium Centre we have opened the first youth theatre in Wales specifically catering for D/deaf and hard of hearing young people.
What will we be doing?
We’ll be playing games, making new friends, gaining confidence, learning new skills, being silly and having lots of laughs!
The Youth Theatre runs in 3 age strands, 4-7, 8-11 and 12-18. It is led in BSL and English, and there are interpreters and volunteers at every session also, to support the young participants. The sessions are led by Stephanie Back, who is Deaf and supported by Anna Rathbone, our group assistant who is hearing.
Where will we be doing it?
Sessions take place at The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.
There will also be additional sessions for the older age groups during the summer and Easter school holidays as well as trips outside of Cardiff for participants and their family members to see excellent theatre involving Deaf performers.
When can we do it?
Youth Theatre sessions run on Saturdays during term time.
Age 4-7 meets 9.30- 10.30
Age 8-11 meets 11- 12.30
Age 12-18 meets 1.30- 3.30
We meet in Function Room 6 (up the stairs/ lift to Level 2 at the Bar Ffresh end of the building)
To book a place with Taking Flight Youth Theatre, or for further information, get in touch with our Youth Theatre Leader Steph Back:
+44 7856 700733 (text only)
As Taking Flight Youth Theatre develops, we will be working towards sharing events – with the young people working both as performers and in backstage/ technical roles.
Deaf creative industry professionals will be brought in to run specific sessions such as Visual Vernacular for performance, physical comedy, puppetry.
Each summer and Easter there will be a weeks’ “residency” (non- residential) for the older groups where participants will receive intensive training with sharings at the end of the week. We will also run field trips for older participants to theatre events run by leading lights in Deaf theatre.
Taking Flight Theatre
Chapter Arts Centre
Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE
029 2023 0020
Youth Theatre meets at:
Wales Millennium Centre
Cardiff, CF10 5AL
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