12 – 25 Year Olds

  • Theatre Training

    Our central training programme explores voice, text, improvisation, physical theatre, movement, project and group devising, rehearsal and performance.

    It offers young people high-level direction and the opportunity to develop their skills and potential in a structured range of theatrical disciplines and techniques, enabling young people to emerge as skilful, articulate and confident performers.

  • Musical Theatre

    Our Musical Theatre course is dynamic, intensive and challenging as it prepares young people for the excitement, skills and demands of the musical theatre repertoire. Each season incorporates techniques, styles, choreography, group and solo singing building to stagings of works ranging from Broadway classics to innovative new styles of musical.

    Each weekly session is 2 hours.

  • Circus Training & Performance

    Playbox Theatre has been one of the main forces for promoting circus amongst children and young people since our earliest days. With the specific dual aims of developing healthy lifestyle and exploring physical artistry our programme trains the young and creates performance.

    Amongst the specific disciplines developed:

    Manipulation: juggling; clubs; scarves; balls; hoops

    Aerial Arts: corde lise (rope); single trapeze; double trapeze; tissue (silks); aerial hoop

    Acrobatics: tumbling; aerobalance

    Low Wire, Clowning, Cycling

    In 2014 we created a large-scale circus production, Wonderia (2014), commissioned for the G8 Conference at the Houses of Parliament and a medical conference hosted by the University of Birmingham.

  • Voice

    Within Playbox Theatre’s Voice Studio young people explore the potential of the voice for actors, speakers, confidence building and for the pleasure of language. A wide approach is taken including vocal exercises, voice training, LAMDA examinations and giving talks alongside performance opportunities.

    The Voice Studio limits numbers to ensure a highly individual and personal approach tailored for each member.

  • Film & Digital Media Studio

    Members undertake a blend of film-making skills including camera operation, editing, special effects, green screen, sound, acting for screen and television and the opportunity to be part of a film unit.

    Led by experts from the film and media industry the programme is unrivalled across the region.

    Young people create mini-docs, trailers, and short films.

  • Technical Theatre

    Using the full resources of The Dream Factory this course offers young people backstage training including stage management, lighting, sound design and operation.

    All members will be given regular placements on major theatre and smaller studio productions, making them an important part of the show process and offering practical experience.

  • Playbox Professionals

    Auditions and preparation for Drama Schools, University and other forms of vocational training make huge demands on aspiring young people. Our unique professional training sets out to ensure that the members of the programme are fully ready to approach their post-Playbox training.

    The course includes Text and Voice, Audition Material selection, Movement, Directing, Song, Performance, Discussion, styles and genres of contemporary and classical theatre. The programme is designed only for those young people who seek future careers in theatre.


  • Resident Ensemble

    Inspired by the model of European Theatre Ensembles, the one year Resident Ensemble programme is designed as a post 18 gap-year intensive training and performance opportunity. Across 10 months, the ensemble create a range of productions for Dream Factory Main Space and Studios, make a contemporary work, explore classical text, theatre, movement, choreography, capoeira, combat, voice, drama school audition and planning, acting for screen, radio, touring, site specific and immersive forms.

    Playbox Theatre now welcomes enquiries for the 2017/18 Resident Ensemble commencing September 2017.