Our history

Lewisham Youth Theatre has been delivering theatre projects for young people across Lewisham borough since 1987. We started as Electric Theatre Company at our base at the old Ladywell Hospital. Electric created theatre for audiences across Lewisham.

We were approached by the Council and asked to run Youth Theatre in the Downham area. This work soon grew and we found ourselves working with young people from all over Lewisham.
The development of LYT was driven by the demand from the young people we were working with and the passion for high quality from the actors & directors.

Since 1987 we have worked with thousands of young people, many of whom have gone on to study theatre or have careers in the arts.

Lewisham Youth Theatre archive of shows

Productions 1989 to 1998

The Visit at Deptford Church
Piaf
Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare at Horniman Gardens
The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht
Almost Grown
Two by Jim Cartwright
Bog Boy part of the National Theatre Connections
Project Phakama South Africa Exchange Project
Amen Corner by James Baldwin

Senior Youth Theatre Productions

1999    The Crucible by Arthur Miller
2000    Hand Me Down commissioned work, by Christopher Rodriguez
2001    Twelve commissioned work by Pia Ashberry
2002    Hater film funded by New Cross Gate New Deal for Communities
2003    Starstone by Christian Martin part of National Theatre Connections
2004    Breaking the Glass Box collaboration with Project Phakama at Horniman Museum
2006    Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht in collaboration with Forest Hill School  music department
2007    Six Lives of Somebody devised by the Graduate Company
2007    The Miracle by Lyn Coghlan
2008    MyLife collaboration with Lightwork Theatre Company
2008    Secrets – A collection of scenes
2009    Burn by Debbie Gearing
2010    School Ties devised by Senior Youth Theatre scripted by Arjunan Manuelpillai part of Platform 11+ European Theatre Project
2010    Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca
2011    Past Tense intergenerational theatre performance devised by Senior Youth Theatre Acting Company
2011    East End Tales by Fin Kennedy performed by Senior Youth Theatre Workshop Company
2012    Metamorphoses by Marian Zimmerman, performed by Senior Youth Theatre Acting Company in collaboration with Irie! Dance Theatre & Rose Bruford College
2012    One Dream Between devised by the Senior Youth Theatre Workshop Company
2012    Seeing Red a Senior Youth Theatre 18 plus devised response to the play The Quick by Stephanie Jacob. In collaboration with Diverse City, Clean Break Theatre Company and  National Youth Theatre
2013    Chuggers, a new commission by Steven Bloomer performed by Senior Youth Theatre Acting company & Viral Spiral devised by the Senior Youth Theatre Workshop Company
2014    Catford Tales – Scratch performance
2015    Catford Tales – a promenade, verbatim community performance
2016    Three Little Words devised by Senior Youth Theatre Acting Company & Indefinite Alien devised by Senior Youth Theatre Workshop Group
2017    30 Short Scenes About Loveincluding a new commission by Dani Moseley and scenes from LYT’s previous productions

Step Up Young Company Forum Theatre Tours

2012    Dylan’s Story by Jen Camillin
2013    All Change
2014    Say Nothing
2015    Breaking Rhythm
2016    #Filtered
2017    Divided By

Junior Youth Theatre 2 Productions

2005    Grimms Tales by Carol Ann Duffy
2006    Totally Over You by Mark Ravenhill
2008    Gizmo by Alan Ayckbourn & The Exam by Andy Hamilton
2009    Legends of the Amazon in collaboration with Stone Crabs Theatre Company
2010    School Ties devised by Senior Youth Theatre & scripted by Arjunan Manuelpillai as part of Platform 11+ European Theatre Project
2012    Goodbye School! Hello Summer! A collection of scenes performed as part of Bronze Arts Award 2012
2013    Ruckus In the Garden by David Farr as part of Bronze Arts Award 2013
2014    Truth and Lies a collection of scenes performed as part of Bronze Arts Award 2014
2016    Teenage Dreams a collection of scenes
2017    Showcase of Scenes

Junior Youth Theatre 1 Productions

2005    Grimms Tales by Carol Ann Duffy
2006    School Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Ken and Daisy Campbell
2006     Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations by Alan Ayckbourn
2007    Parched Lands by Pia Ashberry & The Witches by Roald Dahl
2008    The Firebird by Neil Duffield & The Lottie Project by Jacqueline Wilson
2009    Magic Pillow of Oxumare in collaboration with Stone Crabs Theatre Company
2010    Friendly Matches & Three Cheers for Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg
2011    Ananse’s School Journey based on the tales of Ananse the spider and devised by the Junior Youth Theatre companies
2012    Sideways Stories from Wayside Town – collection of stories from a Readers Theatre anthology, devised by the Junior Youth Theatre Company & Forty Fortunes by Aaron Shepard.
2013    Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Stories by John Glore & The Giraffe, the Pelly & Me by Roald Dahl.
2014    Clear as Mud by David Lane & The Bourbons and Other Crackers by Sue Gordon.
2015    Porridge by Craig Hawes & Of the Terrifying Events on the Hamelin Estate by Philip Osment
2016    Our Teacher’s a Troll by Dennis Kelly & The Last Word by Christine Castling.
2017    Superheroes by Ian McWethy & Monster Munch by Jack Sanderson-Thwaite

Graduate Theatre Company

Radio Plays for Reprezent Radio December 2012 & April 2013.

Roar! Children’s Theatre Project

From 2006 to 2010 we programmed 100 children’s theatre companies in the Broadway Studio Theatre.
Over the four years of the project 8000 children and their parents come to see top quality shows at affordable prices on Saturday mornings.

This project started our work with under 8s and families.
Today we run our storytelling work across the borough and 500 children take part in our interactive sessions. Click here to find out more about this project.