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  • Latest news about the Wivenhoe Youth Theatre – see below
  • About the Youth Theatre and who to contact – click here
  • Show history – click here
  • News about former Youth Theatre members – click here


Oct 2008 WYT win awards from North East Essex Theatre Guild. Click here
Aug 2008 Summer production: " Treasure Island " adapted from Robert Louis Stephenson’s book by Phil Willmott.  Clickhere
Aug 2007 An invitation from co-director Emily Taylor Hunt to come ‘Bed’ by Jim Cartwright, this year’s production. Click here
July 2007 Auditions take place on Sunday 22 July at the Wivenhoe Centre in Philip Road at 2.30pm. For more info, including show dates, click here
Aug 2006 Youth Theatre triumph with Alice. Director Holli Dillon and all the cast and crew create a fabulous production. Click here for report, photos and cast/crew members.
Aug 2006 Tickets go sale for Alice in Wonderland – click here for poster
June 2006 Youth Theatre announce the 2006 production will be "Alice�s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll/Clemence Dane. The Director will be Holli Dillon who is very experienced member of the Youth Theatre. Auditions are on Sunday 2nd July at the Congregational Church. Click here for more info.
May 2006 Invitation to a meeting on 4th June to select a play. Click here for more info 
Sep 2005 Review of Chips with Everything, WYT’s summer production. Click here
May 2005 Dates for WYT’s Summer Production are 25th to 27th August, 2005
May 2005 After the success last year of Isabel Evans and Kath Jones gaining places in the National Youth Theatre, this year Holli Dillon has also been offered a place for this summer’s National Youth Theatre workshop.
November 2004 Wivenhoe Youth Theatre took their production of Roald Dahl�s charming children�s story, The BFG to the Brantham Festival on Friday 5th November.  Adapted by children�s playwright David Wood, the play needed every ounce of this inventive group�s ingenuity to bring to the stage an assortment of giants, flying dreams, a helicopter and the Queen of England.  With simple but effective use of props and sound effects, the group created the story to a delighted audience, winning four awards, and six other nominations.  Both the leading players: Natalie Kernan as Sophie (also operating a rag doll version of herself as a puppet) and Sam Belcher as the eponymous Big Friendly Giant, were nominated for the Best Young actor award, which Sam won in the end.  The group and their director Holli Dillon won the �Fresh Produce� award for their inventive staging, and the Youth Shield for their group work, while Sheila Foster, who runs the group, was given the Adjudicator�s award for her work with the Youth Theatre and for encouraging them to direct their own work.
Aug 04 Blood Weddingplayed to full houses and great acclaim.  Click here for details and photos
26 Jul 04 FedericoGarcia Lorca. Click here for more details. 
11 Jul 04 Meeting in the Congregational Church Hall to choose play, allocate parts and support team. Click here for more details.
21 Jun 04 Isabel Evansand Kath Jones, two members of the Wivenhoe Youth Theatre have won places with the prestigious National Youth Theatre this year after attended highly competitive audition days to gain places on the NYT’s 2004 summer workshop. Click here for more details.
15 Nov 03 Youth Theatre performed Hot Fudge by Caryl Churchill at the Brantham Play Festival. Isabel Evans won Best Junior Performance (Individual) and the company won Best Junior Performance (Company or Group)
13 Nov 03 Initial meeting of the Mercury Youth Theatre Wivenhoe attracted 17 people.
October 03  The Mercury Youth Theatre Wivenhoe to be launched on 13th November

Budding actors in the Wivenhoe area could find themselves taking the first step on the ladder to stardom when the Mercury Theatre launches its new Mercury Youth Theatre Wivenhoe on Thursday, November 13.

The new group will be based around a core of young people who take part in the Wivenhoe Youth Theatre Summer School with Sheila Foster from Essex University. It is open to 13 to 17 year olds and will meet each Thursday from 7pm until 9pm.

Application will be on a first come first served basis and forms are available on 01206 245503 or email:

The Mercury currently has a two-year waiting list for its existing youth theatres.

This year alone Mercury Youth Theatre member Joel Sams has been accepted to study drama at the Guildhall School and youth theatre members appeared in the Mercury Theatre Company’s productions of The White Devil and Three Sisters. The Mercury’s pantomime Cinderella will also feature youth theatre members.

August 03 Brilliant production of Surprise Package– click here for details
                      About the Wivenhoe Youth Theatre:
For the past ten years young actors, local to Wivenhoe have taken partin a summer workshop in the Wivenhoe Youth Centre.

Wivenhoe Youth Theatre is always looking for new members, so if you think this sounds like the type of fun you would like to be part of then please feel welcome to give us a call. No experience is needed so as long as you are 12-21 years old and have a love or longing to act and do backstage work as well, then you will be very welcome! If you are not stage struck and would just like to gain experience in backstage work then come along as well, because acting is not compulsory!

Formore information about the next meeting please contact Hilary Lazell [ ], or John Pendle [ ]