Lockleaze Kids & Youth Theatre

Lockleaze Youth

Lockleaze Youth Theatres

Lockleaze Kids, for children aged 5 – 9 years old, living in and around Lockleaze in North Bristol, delivers two after school weekly drama groups for children. It is supported by BBC Children in Need, and works in partnership with local primary schools and community partners.

About Lockleaze Kids’ project

The project began in 2018, and in addition to the weekly drama groups, which met at Stoke Park Primary School, the project worked with children at other local primary schools in the school holidays to offer play in 3 half day opportunities for new children.

Online in 2020

The project was successfully moved online when lockdown began in Spring 2020, and acta workers kept in touch through a series of weekly zoom sessions and creative challenges to children in their homes. Short films were also made for schools to send home to children looking for drama lessons at home, and new outdoor film projects were created for the summer, which you can watch below:

Secrets of the Lake: watch on YouTube here.

The Magical Tree: watch on YouTube here.

The theatre groups moved online again for the second lockdown period in November, following a few weeks of local in person workshops in September and October. With BBC Children In Need day also happening In November, the group were delighted to have their project feature on BBC Points West on 12 November.

Lockleaze Youth Theatre

Lockleaze Youth Theatre was developed with Youth Investment Fund support in 2017-20, and has secured investment from Quartet to be developed further this year, engaging young people of secondary school age. Despite lockdown, workshops began online, and the group have been working towards producing films. The group also performed their postponed Forest of Fears production in woods in Lockleaze, to a small audience of family members – image below.

forest of fears

The youth theatre met weekly for a series of in person workshops at The Hub on Gainsborough Square, Lockleaze in September and October, before taking a break for the second lockdown in November.