Amateur dramatics Cambridge


Young Little Theatre (YLT) is open to children between the ages of 8 and 11. Every year they put on their own play in the summer holidays, and also take part in Haslingfield Little Theatre's November Production.

For all members, YLT is a fantastic experience - developing not only excellent stage and performance skills, but also by giving them confidence, a sense of responsibility, and of course wonderful memories. Here are some comments about their participation in one of our November shows.

Workshops for Beginners

At the Workshops for Beginners the children have a
taste of everything that can go intoaproduction. They learn how to use the stage, create characters and scripts, as well as having practical sessions in the other aspects of a production, including: Going into the lighting box to see how lighting, sound & special effects can be used, looking at the costumes in our extensive costume loft.(Photo of 2015 participants opposite)

Play in a Week

After completing the Workshops for Beginners, members can take part in the YLT Play in a Week, which takes place in July or August. The Play in a Week lives up to its name - the children start rehearsing on Monday morning, and by Friday evening put on their own play to a paying audience. The performance is totally the children's responsibility. There are no adults to tell them when to go on stage or to prompt them - indeed, the director sits in the audience.

The 2016 Play in a Week, We're not just Numbers, was
again created by the YLT participants from scratch. The chosen challenging theme was "True Diversity leads to Equality" and concerned the arrival of refugees in an English Village. The children spent the week deciding on their characters, writing the script, learning the lines and songs, rehearsing, and gathering costumes and props for this complex play. The resulting Friday night performance was outstanding, with everyone involved proud of what they had achieved.

Past YLT Play in a Weeks include:

2016 We're not just Numbers
2015 Forgiving and Forgetting
2014 Choices
2013 The Surprise
2012 It's Never Going to End
2011 Summer Holiday
2010 Hamlet - A Detective Comedy
2009 Museum Mayhem
2008 The Rocky Monster Show
2007 Macbeth
2006 The Tempest
2005 Romeo and Juliet
2004 A Midsummer Night's Dream
2003 A Victorian Music Hall
2002 Life Goes On
2000 Space Junk
1999 Utter Garbage

November Production

Following Play in a Week, some YLT members go on to participate in Haslingfield Little Theatre's November show. They usually rehearse separately first, joining the adults nearer to show dates. Here are some of the children's comments about their experience:

".I have loved every minute of this panto. I wouldn't change it for the world"
".it's brilliant fun and I would encourage anyone to join"
".I have had laughter, fun and loads more"
".you can show that you can shine like a star".

After YLT

Many children continue drama as teenagers with Haslingfield Little Theatre, and some have gone on to study drama at university and have become professional performers.

To find out more about Haslingfield Young Little Theatre, please contact Cheryl Lowery on: cheryllowery@btinternet.com


Why not join us

To find out more about Haslingfield Young Little Theatre please contact Cheryl Lowery on:

Email: cheryllowery@btinternet.com

Where to find us

We rehearse and perform our plays at:

Find us on BingHaslingfield Village Hall,
High Street, Haslingfield, Cambridge CB23 1JN

Registered charity no: 1079616