DISTRICT-14 YOUTH THEATRE
‘A humanising force for good.’
District-14 Youth Theatre was established in June 2016.
We run from Ty Pawb, Wrexham’s primary arts and market venue, with two groups. One is for Juniors (primary-aged 7-11) and one for Seniors (secondary-aged 11-16).
Our overriding aim is to provide local youngsters with opportunities to develop a wide range of life skills through drama. Our overriding aim is to provide local youngsters with opportunities to develop
a wide range of life skills through drama education and live performance.
We have a secure evidence base that is telling us we are succeeding at developing, in our young people: a wide range of social skills; self-esteem; engagement with creative learning experiences; understanding of themselves and the world they live in; empathy and high order thinking skills, resourcefulness and imagination.
We are committed to producing one major theatrical production per year. In between times, our students take part in drama workshops designed to develop skills and understanding of the world.
What people say about us
“The performance gave me goosebumps.”
“Absolutely brilliant performance, from the acting, sound and lighting. All spot on.”
“What can I say...powerful piece of work superbly acted by all.”
“It was a fantastic, mature performance from such a young cast. I can't thank you enough for what you've done.”
“Wonderful performance, thoroughly enjoyed.”
“Well done to all the children for performing such challenging subject matter.”
“Great performance. Very powerful.”
“What a great piece of work. Thanks very much for all of your effort in developing these vital life skills! Brill.”
“Congratulations to the fantastic District 14 cast. A wonderful performance!”
“I’d like to thank Andy for his commitment to D14 and our children. He goes far beyond what would be expected from a regular drama group.”
“Wonderful show. Such great talent.”
“Fantastic show really enjoyed it. A massive well done to everyone one involved and thank you very much to Andy who saw potential and talent in my daughter. Andy is really kind, caring person.”
“Brilliant, clever and funny. Can’t wait for the next one.”
“Brilliant show! So talented. Loved the vision.”
“Brilliantly quirky and I was amazed at the talent of all the cast! Great night!”
“Amazing. Myself and all the family loved it.”
“A production to make you think and question the compartmentalised world and educational system we live within...and is this the version we want (need?) for our children and ourselves. Fabulous and confident acting with wonderful humour and comic snatches. And a wonderful venue.”
Another arts subject and yet another misconception; some people think that the only worthwhile reason to be studying Drama is to become an actor or director. Because Drama isn’t a very content-heavy subject and you don’t learn loads of facts, it has a reputation as being an easy subject that isn’t particularly useful. However, what people forget is that practical subjects like Drama allow you to develop hugely valuable skills which you will continue to use throughout your life, in and out of work.
Here is a run through of the skills you will develop and perfect throughout your Drama studies.
No subject teaches you how to work well in a team quite like Drama. In Drama you are nearly always working with a group of people of varying sizes. Drama will allow you to develop your patience, ability to compromise and communication skills.
You will learn discipline. This skill makes you more aware of your body language and more able to adapt your behaviour for various situations. It’s not so much about acting as being aware of your body language and how to adapt to distracting, uncomfortable or sensitive situations.
In Drama you will be asked to improvise on a number of occasions. This allows you to think on your feet, develop your initiative and will encourage you to be more proactive. This will hold you in good stead when it comes to taking initiative and adapting in your personal life and in the workplace.
Drama stimulates you to be constantly creative. Drama will force you to regularly come up with exciting, functional and convincing ideas, to a deadline and this ability will stay with you.
Empathy is a really important life skill. When you act in Drama you put yourself in to another person’s shoes and try to identify with them and their situation. This is an invaluable skill that will open your mind, improve the way you interact with people and is especially useful if you are considering a career in caring, teaching or social work.
Analysing Drama productions allows you to develop your critical thinking skills. This is useful for a number of jobs and is great if you are planning on taking English Literature, Media Studies or Film Studies at degree level. Also, it allows you to think more critically about the film, television and theatre that we all consume on a daily basis.
You will gain in confidence. This is a really important one because Drama gives you the opportunity to push yourself to perform. You will be able to grow in confidence, develop your performance skills and overcome the fear of making mistakes in a fun, creative and supportive environment.
YOUTH THEATRE DIRECTOR
Andy is a qualified Drama teacher from the University of Wales with 20 years experience of leading and teaching expressive arts to secondary school students. A highly successful teacher, Andy secured excellent GCSE results through his outstanding relationships with young people, based on high expectations and constant support. On his appointment as Principal of a large secondary academy, his commitment to the arts remained strong as he created a culture with a strong creative heartbeat, thanks to significant curriculum coverage, a prolific extracurricular programme and award-winning performance facilities. He has produced and directed many performances, including ’Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Moulin Rouge’, ‘The Chrysalids’, ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Andy was also a key part of a BBC production team awarded a BAFTA for ‘Best Teenage Documentary’. He is currently Director of The Learning Collective Group, who work with schools, charities, business and local communities on a range of arts and literacy projects.