aboutOur new Unity Young Creatives Programme enables young people aged 14-18 to explore their creative talents, learn new skills and work in partnership with industry professionals.
Built on the foundations of Unity Youth Theatre, we have relaunched our programme and widened our offer for the evolving artistic landscape.
Projects offer opportunities to create performances, exhibitions, installations, develop new writing, or experiment with digital arts, alongside experiences in traditional performing arts.
Unity Youth Theatre was founded in 2004 by Helen Flooks who was committed to supporting the creative development of young people’s technical skill, personal confidence and overall wellbeing through participation in the performing arts.
UYT Scratch It! – multi-arts
Featuring original sketches, spoken word, songs, monologues and duologues around the theme of identity
The Uncomfortability of a Made Up Wor(l)d – theatre
Developed from the devising process, the young people explored their thoughts and fears on the growing influence of technology as a tool for political and social control and our response to this as a society
Place and Chips – recorded monologues
UYT worked with Alice Bunker-Whitney, writing and performing a series of original monologues inspired by themes associated with her one woman show
The Halloween Lantern Parade – street performance
Designed by The Lantern Company, UYT performed as Wolves and drifting through the crowds as beautifully illuminated Toadstools
Umbrelephant – theatre
Devised by UYT and co-written with Tracy Aston. Set in a therapy session and staged in the round, the piece explored issues of poor mental health and its effect on young people
Borned – theatre
Looking at gender, language and finding common ground. The self-devised show was written with Esther Wilson (Ten Tiny Toes, Unprotected, The Street and Accused)
feedbackAudience feedback for UYT productions:
“Very creative and fascinating”
“Brilliant, very funny and moving”
“So playful, had me laughing out loud”
“Brilliant! An exact example of simplicity being king"
“Responding very much to current affairs and to the theatre's political history; it is good to see that even such heavy topics can influence and inspire, and the Unity has always been a shining light in this respect”
“… thank you all for a fantastic night of entertainment. Each piece was thought provoking and performed to a very high standard”
Feedback from Participants:
"Since becoming a member of UYT I have gained friends and confidence – it makes my Monday not feel like Monday anymore” Alex (16yrs)
“Before UYT I was scared to meet new people – now I’ve joined 2 or 3 clubs because I’ve realised I can actually talk to other people” Hattie (16yrs)
“UYT means being part of a small community with similar interests and aspirations creating a sense of comfort and security” Annie (17yrs)
“As soon as I joined UYT I started enjoying it more than my other drama classes at school. I’ve made friends for life and have become increasingly confident throughout the years” Chloe (17yrs)