young people

  • fun drama games & activities
  • make your own original theatre show
  • no auditions
  • free workshops
  • develop a range of new skills

acta youth theatres are provided for young people who don’t normally get involved in drama & theatre for one or more of the following reasons:

  • They don’t think they’re good enough
  • They don’t feel that confident
  • Their parents can’t afford it
  • English isn’t their first language
  • They find it hard to make friends
  • They can’t access other groups easily
  • They don’t attend any other after school drama groups.

To take part in an acta group, please book a place by completing an enquiry form, or calling the acta office.

Young carers

Young carers aged 10-18 yrs, living in South, Central & East Bristol are welcome to join our young carers‘ youth theatre, which meets weekly in term-time at the acta centre on:

Thursdays, 5.00 – 6.30pm

The group gives young carers the opportunity to devise and perform original theatre, in a safe and exciting environment with other young people in similar situations.

Transport is provided for any young carers who would not otherwise be able to get to the acta centre.

For young carers in other areas of Bristol and beyond, there are opportunities to participate in intensive school holidays projects; once again, free transport is provided.

Next project, 28 – 30 October, 2019 at actacentre, a “play in 3 days” challenge.


Four different term-time groups for children & young people in Lockleaze:

Supported by BBC Children in Need, meeting at Stoke Park School:

Mondays, 4.15 – 5.00pm (years 1 & 2, aged 5 – 7 years old)

Mondays, 5.00 – 6.15pm (years 3 – 5, aged 7 – 9 years old)

Plus two new FUN – FREE – LOCAL youth theatres at the Hub on Gainsborough Square:

Wednesdays, 4.15 – 5.45pm (years 6 & 7, aged 10 – 12 years old)

Wednesdays, 5.45 – 7.15pm (year 8 & above, aged 12 – 18 years old)


FUN- FREE – LOCAL youth theatres at actacentre:

Mondays, 5.00 – 6.30pm (years 6 & 7, aged 10 – 12 years old)

Tuesdays, 5.00 – 6.30pm (year 8 & above, aged 12 – 18 years old)

Phoenix Theatre

A youth theatre for young adults aged 16 – 25 years from across the City, at the actacentre on:

Thursdays, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Phoenix Theatre have previously produced The Dream Queen (2013); Lost, Not Forgotten at Arnos Vale Cemetery (2014); Wishing for Winter (2015); Three Green Bottles (2016); A Bit of Imagination (2017); The Underworld (2018).

In 2019, Phoenix Theatre are producing the December festive treat for families at the actacentre theatre. Rehearsals start in September.

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