Theatre Centre brings world-class theatre straight into the heart of schools. Our productions present big ideas and difficult questions that can help young audiences make sense of a complex and changing world. We use the power of stories, writing and performance to support students and teachers in their learning across a range of subjects to build confidence and aspirations.
Our vision is that children and young people are empowered in their activism and leadership through theatre, using their voices and ideas to make change in themselves and the world around them.
Diversity and inclusion are core to our practice so that we can best reflect and relate to the experience of children and young people today. We want to make work with innovative and inquisitive artists and have a range of opportunities for artistic development including commissions, our Writer Fellowships and Splash residencies. We were founded in 1953 by Brian Way and Margaret Faulkes who pioneered touring theatre productions to schools and new writing for young audiences. As we move towards our 70th birthday, we continue to lead the Theatre in Schools movement as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and wave the flag for more writers and artists to make work for young audiences in the UK and beyond.
"Theatre Centre shows bring relevant issues alive through drama to, perhaps, the most challenging of age groups in a vibrant way that does not over-simplify or patronise, but engages them."
Teacher, Sevenoaks School.
"Theatre Centre consistently delivers quality theatre experiences for young people. Our students have always found their shows challenging, engaging and inspiring."
Louise Lappin-Cook, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre.
"I have long admired Theatre Centre's work in producing fine plays for young audiences and doing everything possible to promote the genre through new writing."
Susan Elkin, The Stage.
"The Muddy Choir (2018) was an extraordinary evocation of life in the trenches. Under Natalie's wonderful direction of a talented young company of actors, I was drawn in through the familiar but taken on to explore even more challenging themes. Achieving this level of complexity for young audiences is to be applauded – it's storytelling at its very best."
Lisa Burger, National Theatre.
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