16th June 2021, 10:14am | By catherinerussell |


The Wharf Theatre has produced some amazing youth productions in the past, including the hugely successful Legally Blonde Junior in the summer of 2019.  We have long felt and recognised that to safeguard the future of the world of theatre it is vital to inspire and encourage the next generation and have been working, behind the scenes, to create a group especially dedicated to them.  We are therefore delighted to announce that we have employed two youth theatre directors and are now in a position to officially launch The Wharf Youth Theatre. These professionally led young actors companies will launch in September 2021.

Senior Actors Company

Friday 6-8pm. Sept 24th – Oct 22nd/Nov 5th – Dec 3rd

For school years 10-13 (as of September ‘21)

This group will be led by Lou Cox.  Lou’s career highlights include theatre tours, The Edinburgh Festival, singing professionally at Glastonbury festival and stand-up comedy. Lou is now a freelance drama teacher at various schools in the area and is a LAMDA examiner. She also directs and has recently started exciting projects with Barnardo’s adoption agency, using drama as a training tool for adoptive parents and a refugee charity in Swindon.

This Company bridges the gap between school drama offering you further practitioner knowledge, a chance to develop your performance skills and many opportunities to perform in our very own theatre. It is a chance to work with like-minded people once a week who share the same passion for drama. You will explore theatre through the ages, engage in practitioner acting theories, work with text and devise your own work. There will be opportunities for students to compete in performance festivals, perform a live play to a paid audience and most importantly have fun!

10 week term £90. (Concessionary places available – please contact; artisticdirector@wharftheatre.co.uk)

If you have any questions please feel free to email Lou at:


Junior Actors Company

Thursdays 4.30-6pm Sept 23rd – Oct 21st/Nov 4th – Dec 2nd

This group is for school years 6-9 (as of September ‘21)

This group will be led by Lucia Pupilli.  Lucia studied at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has worked professionally in various theatre and film productions including ‘White collar hooligans’ directed by Paul Tanter in Rio de Janeiro and ‘His and Hers’ directed by Lisa Spirling at The Egg theatre in Bath. Lucia has performed in clubs and restaurants as a cabaret singer and has also worked as a Primary School teacher for five years in Wiltshire. She founded ‘Music with Lucia’ teaching instrumental lessons on Piano, Flute and Voice and, in addition, enjoys performing with ‘The Invitation Theatre Company’ and The Fulltone Orchestra.

The junior actors will be having fun at our theatre workshops, building confidence and gaining skills through drama, games and improvisations. We will rehearse and perform scenes from plays and devise our own. We aim to put on an annual show as we progress, which will be very exciting! Our workshops are not only an opportunity to develop acting and drama skills but also to make friends and become confident young adults. We encourage all children to reach their full potential in a safe and inclusive environment.

10 week term £75. (Concessionary places available – please contact; artisticdirector@wharftheatre.co.uk)

If you have any questions please feel free to email Lucia at:


Bookings for Autumn Term Opening Soon

Details available on our website: wharftheatre.co.uk


In addition to our new youth companies we are delighted to be able to offer two Summer Workshops this year.

These will offer an opportunity to have fun and participate in various drama activities.  Whilst they will give you a flavour of the work you could be exploring over the forthcoming terms these are stand-alone sessions and are open to all.

Senior Actors with Lou

Wednesday July 28th 10am-1pm

Wednesday August 11th 10am-1pm

Junior Actors with Lucia

Wednesday August 4th 2-5pm

Wednesday August 11th 2-5pm

Each 3 hour workshop costs…….. £15

To book a place please visit our website wharftheatre.co.uk .  Look under ‘get involved’ and click on ‘wharf youth

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