The Lytton Youth Theatre currently run three groups

8 to 13 year olds - Sundays 4.00pm till 6.00pm
14 to 18 year olds - Sundays 6.00pm till 8.00pm
Advanced Group - Thursdays 7.00 pm till 10.00pm

The groups combine on Sundays when we are producing a show.

There is a one month break usually somewhere between June and September.

Membership subscriptions for Youth (under 16) or Student (16+) members can be found

8 to 13 year olds
This is an opportunity for younger members to take the centre stage, develop their drama skills, develop their confidence and learn some of the basics about appearing on stage.  General improvisation, character work and acting skills are covered in these sessions. These sessions are run by Sophie Ashby with assistance from various people. As with all the groups the emphasis is on having fun and enjoying learning theatre skills.

14 to 18 year olds
This slightly older group gives them a chance to explore more complex theatre skills. As with the other group general improvisation, character work and acting skills are covered in these sessions. These sessions are run by Dave Slade with assistance from various people.

Advanced Group
The advanced group includes older and more experienced members from the Sunday Groups.  Dave Slade covers more advanced acting skills, improvisation techniques and encourages the members to write and direct their own material. It is hoped that this group will produce future Youth Leaders and Directors.  This group is by invitation only and is kept at a limit of 10 to 12 students.  It is based on experience, ability and maturity. During preparation for a production we use all of the Sunday sessions to rehearse, and nearer the performance date Thursdays. In the future there will be specific workshops on Sundays open to all age groups covering music, dance and directing. When we have sorted out our dates a calendar of events will be issued.


Dave Slade
Dave Slade has been running the youth group since 1998.  He is an ex television writer whose credits include Spitting Image, A Kick Up The Eighties and Alas Smith & Jones.  Dave has directed for the Youth among others Little Shop Of Horrors, Alice’s Adventure, Hammer High, Go To The Finals and Alice’s Looking Glass War.  He has also directed with the Advanced Group Brecht’s Antigone, A Clockwork Orange and a production of 1984 which was performed at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and won NODA award for District 9 Best Play.  For the Adult sections he has directed among others 1948 and All That (50 year history of the Lytton Players which Dave also scripted), The Children's Hour, Jesus Christ Superstar, Whistle Down The Wind, The Ghost Train and Tommy The Who Musical.   He is the Managing Director of Stagefrights Theatre where he runs acting classes for all ages.  He also works for the Gordon Craig Theatre running several classes and has directed for them Wyrd Sisters, A Slice Of Saturday Night, Our House and Godspell.  Dave is very keen to get the youth involved in writing and directing productions.

Sophie Ashby
Sophie started in the Lytton Youth aged 10 and has appeared in many shows with the Youth and Adult sections. She started helping with the youth when Dave told her she was too old to be in it anymore, although she did sneak in to Hammer High Goes To The Finals In Transylvania. Sophie may try to sneak into other shows if she can. Look out for her.

Additional Helpers
Aaron Govey and Corrina Winnett.

Dave and Sophie are both CRB/DBS checked and no workshops or rehearsals take place without one of them being present.