There are so many opportunities here at Stage2, all designed around the empowerment of young people – the company breaks down into 6 key categories. It’s entirely up to you how much (and what) you get involved in, whether it’s just 1 or all 6 of them!
Have you ever wanted to perform on-stage? With Stage2 you can be part of fantastic shows three times a year – No audition necessary!
Explore Careers such as Marketing, Arts Administration, Fundraising, Event Management, Business Planning and Leadership!
MBF Accredited Scheme to welcome you and help you settle in. Our helpful mentors keep all members up-to-date and organise social events!
Theoretical and practical training in Lighting, Sound, Stage Management, Flying, Costume, Set Design, Front of House, Directing and Producing
Take QCA Accredited Exams (UCAS) in Acting, Devising, Musical Theatre, Verse & Prose, Mime and Choral Speaking in Solos, Duos or Groups!
Want to learn more about theatre, drama and acting but can’t commit to a Production? Between the ages of 7-10 and just want to play?
Stage2 has been putting young people on-stage for nearly 30 years. With three shows a year (sometimes with 2 shows a Term) Stage2 provides young people an opportunity to strut their stuff on-stage, build an extensive Portfolio quickly and learn in the best way possible: doing!
Our productions vary from classic texts to contemporary & devised pieces. We’ve even worked on a World Premiere or two! The best part about it is that anyone can get involved without an audition and our shows consistently reach critical acclaim from audiences and press alike!
If this suits you then head on over to what’s on offer for next term…
Stage2 is a charity that is dedicated to the welfare, education and development of young people. We believe that every young person should have access to the Arts and all of the valuable skills and experiences there-in.
Are you interested in Marketing? Then Join our Marketing Committee. Fundraising? There’s a committee for that too. How about Teaching & Leadership? Every Term we offer Workshop Assistant Placements where you can gain the skills of facilitating and teaching alongside Industry Professionals. There are so many opportunities here at Stage2, all you have to do is Turn Up, Try Hard & Be Nice!
Stage2 isn’t just for performers! We provide extensive training in all aspects of the Theatre and are one of the only youth groups that actively allows our young members to operate on-their-own in main-house theatres!
Every Term Stage2 holds a Morning based Workshop called Offstage – this option has a different focus each term and provides training in all elements of Back-Stage and Technical Theatre. This can include -but isn’t limited to – Lighting Operation, Sound Design, Stage Management, Marketing, Fundraising, Front of House, Directing, Costume and Flying.
To find out what Next Term’s focus is…
General Drama is an informal workshop in the afternoon for members who can’t commit to a show or are interested in getting to know people, learning varied skills and playing. Each Term has a different focus (Physical Theatre/Creative Writing etc.) with each week being tailored around a specific skill. It’s a friendly group that is tailored around having fun as much as it is around education and exploration!
Stage1 is our group for anyone between the ages of 7 and 10. All 7 and 8 year olds have to do this option whereas 9 and 10 year olds can choose whether to do Stage1 or Stage2 or both.
This is a friendly group, where members mix, learn and have lots of fun in a secure environment with other enthusiastic and willing members. Members participate in fun games, drama exercises and creative play every Saturday afternoon! Each term has a specific theme which gives all the exercises and games they play a common purpose to ensure that they can inter-relate what they are learning.
Each Term Stage2 provides an evening Masterclass, often by leading Industry Professionals on a specific skill that is relevant to the Term and levels of interest in the group. We’ve previously held a Q&A with TV Actor Lauren Crace (Eastenders, Mr Selfridge etc.), Character Building Workshops with our Patron, Playwright Claire Dowie, as well as many others from Stage Combat to Puppetry.
Doing anything new for the first time can be scary, and joining a youth theatre as big and busy as Stage2 is no exception! Don’t let that put you off though – that’s why the Mentors are here. The Mentors are a group of especially friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and responsible Stage2 members who are there to help you settle into Stage2. You can easily spot them via their bright red T-Shirts!
As soon as you arrive, the Mentors will be there to help out and you’ll even be assigned a Mentor Buddy on your first day, who will then contact you throughout the course of your first term to help make sure you feel comfortable and secure in the company. They’re always available to answer any questions you may have, lend a helping hand or just be someone to chat to if you ever need it! They even organise fun social events for everyone in the company to attend, including discos and quiz nights! If you have any questions about any aspect of the company, feel free to ask the Mentors via the Stage2 Mentor email. After all, we are here to help!
Our excellent work in this field has been acknowledged by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation, who awarded us their Approved Provider Standard – (recently re-accredited in line with the new guidelines) and we were the first (and are currently still the only) youth theatre in the UK with this award!
Stage2 offers 1-on-1 LAMDA tuition in Acting, Choral Speaking, Musical Theatre, Mime, Verse & Prose and Devising. We are proud to claim a 100% pass rate with all students and our tuition is widely regarded as the best in the world (or so LAMDA have told us!).
The tuition is carried out in the week and follows a 10 lesson structure, including a public showcase and an exam.
For prices and more information drop us an enquiry or check out the LAMDA Qualifications website for a further insight into the work and qualifications we can provide!
Stage2 has a string of successful Alumni that we have personally helped on their pathway into further education.
In the Autumn Term (when students are turning their attention towards UCAS) we hold a Meeting to discuss options, plans, the difference between courses and then an opportunity to ask questions. All Staff at Stage2 are well versed in the proceedings of Higher Education and will help in Audition Prep and Provisional Statement writing.
For further information drop us an Enquiry!
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