Yew Tree
Youth Theatre

The ambition of Yew Tree Youth Theatre is to build the confidence and self-esteem of everyone we work with. We welcome all young people to YTYT regardless of ability or experience. Performances are only a small element of our Youth Theatre activity.

Looking To Join Yew Tree Youth Theatre?

Contact us to schedule a free week’s trial.

Welcome to
Yew Tree Youth Theatre

Founded in 1995 by graduates of Bretton Hall with 8 members, we now have over 100 members aged between 6 and 25 attending weekly drama workshops. The ambition of Yew Tree Youth Theatre is to build the confidence and self-esteem of everyone we work with. We welcome all young people to YTYT regardless of ability or experience. Performances are only a small element of our Youth Theatre activity.

We have performed in many of the major cultural and arts buildings in the Wakefield area such as The Hepworth, Nostell Priory, Sandal Castle, Wakefield Museum, and Theatre Royal Wakefield to name just a few. We have also performed in a number of theatres locally and nationally – West Yorkshire Playhouse, York Theatre Royal, Brewery Arts Centre Kendal and The National Theatre in London.

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Session Times and Details

All youth theatre sessions are £5 – payable each week – the first week for any new student is free.

Yew Tree Youth Theatre can also offer LAMDA lessons – please email us for available slots and information.

Mondays
Ages 11-16

Sapphire Company – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
@ The Cluntergate Centre

Thursdays
Ages 6-9

Orange Company  – 4.30pm – 6.00pm
@ West Yorkshire Theatre Dance Centre

Thursdays
Ages 10–13

Yellow Company  – 4.30pm – 6.00pm
@ West Yorkshire Theatre Dance Centre

Thursdays
Ages 16-25

Black Company  – 6.15pm – 8.30pm
@ West Yorkshire Theatre Dance Centre

Fridays
Ages 6-9

Jade Company  – 4.45pm- 5.45pm
@ West Yorkshire Theatre Dance Centre

Fridays
Ages 10-13

Emerald Company  – 4.45pm- 5.45pm
@ West Yorkshire Theatre Dance Centre

Fridays
Ages 14+

Gold Company  – 6pm – 8pm
@ West Yorkshire Theatre Dance Centre

Contact Yew Tree Youth Theatre

sarah@yew-tree.com
07595 604 272

Who Runs Yew Tree Youth Theatre?

Artistic Director – Sarah Osborne
BA (Hons) PGCE MA Ed Studies

Sarah is an experienced and inspirational drama practitioner, director and writer who has been working within arts, training and education (both mainstream and outside of school) for 25 years. Her work in the arts focuses on creating quality theatre with, for and by community casts and young people. It encompasses a vast range of productions in addition to the devising, writing and direction of innovative new works many of which are ensemble based.  At the heart of all of her productions is the search for truth, integrity and creative vision.

Frequently Asked Questions

YTYT Testimonials

Yew Tree for me is an escape from reality where my brain can run free and I can be who I truly am. Having Yew Tree allows me to have a creative outlet and learn more about myself and the person I am. The energy and the environment is also one of my favourite things as I always feel safe, never judged like at school or at home, a place where everyone is allowed to forget about life for 2 hours and be who they want to be. The feeling when you come off stage is also something you can’t get anywhere else it makes me feel alive.

Yew tree has shaped my confident and more outgoing personality over these past 4 years. These guys have been my family and I couldn’t have asked for better friends! Such a good and friendly environment.

YTYT was extremely influential in my childhood. Although acting isn’t something I ever intended to pursue as a career, the skills gained by Yew Tree are totally transferable and will help people in whatever path they choose. Yew Tree was amazing at improving my confidence and gave me a safe space where once a week I could forget about the world and the pressures that come alongside adolescence, and just dedicate time to doing something fun and creative.

Yew Tree has taught me to be more confident. When I first joined Yew Tree I remember being so shy and not even wanting to say my best and worst. But now I am way more confident and am happy to speak to absolutely anyone.

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