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Youth Theatre

Fantastic and fun sessions for ages 13-18 years, encouraging creativity and theatre-making skills.

Gulbenkian Youth Theatre is open to all young people aged 13-18 years and all abilities. You don’t need experience to join – just lots of enthusiasm and energy!

Sessions give the opportunity to perform and gain theatre-making skills. There is a focus on creativity, building confidence, developing skills and making new friends along the way!

Wednesday Evenings at the University of Kent

13-15 year olds: 18:00 – 19:45

16-18 year olds: 19:45 – 21:30


Our groups are currently full, but please email to be added to the waiting list.

These weekly workshops are FREE. However, there is the option to donate either 100% or 50% of the costs which will go to supporting our Creative Engagement work with young people.

Members sign up on a termly basis. Please let us know beforehand if you will be absent from a session. Unauthorised absences may lead to your place being offered to someone on our waiting list. If we have sold out please email us at the below address to be put on a waiting list for the term.

You can receive monthly updates about our groups/events for 13-25 year olds by signing up to our ART31 Mailing list: to do this log into your Gulbenkian Website Profile, go to ‘Interests’ and tick ‘yes’ for receiving emails for ‘Creative opportunities for young people from ART31 Kent’.

Any questions please email

Supported by the Arts Council and Kent County Council.

“GYT encourages everyone; nobody is made to feel they can’t do anything. We look at different styles of theatre (even styles that formal drama educational settings are scared to do). We’re encouraged to have our own ideas and interpretations, and they are always received with high praise” Youth Theatre Member
"My daughter absolutely loves the inventive drama sessions and has become much more confident as the result of going. She now happily speaks in public. Thank you so much!" Youth Theatre Parent
"The youth theatre has been absolutely brilliant for our daughter, and I can’t thank you enough for all fantastic opportunities you have done." Youth Theatre Parent

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ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

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