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Getting Started


If you’re considering setting up a new youth theatre group, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ll start by helping you build a complete answer to the question, “Why am I doing this?”, and we have lots of resources and case studies that we hope will inspire you.

We have tips on finding a venue (or not), engaging potential participants, creating a safe environment, and everything in between. We even have a checklist that will take you from your first ideas all the way to the first few sessions of your new group.

Good luck on your journey towards creating a youth theatre group that provides lots of fun and inspiration whilst nurturing talent. We look forward to seeing your future productions.


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Writing an Effective Business Plan
How to Write a Successful Funding Application
Getting Started: A Checklist for New Youth Theatres
Child Protection Resource Pack
Things to Consider When Starting a New Youth Theatre
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Finding a Venue
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Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (Scotland)
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