Drama & Writing Resources


ACT Youth Theatre

ACT Youth Theatre is a creative place where young people can find out about the world of theatre. Based in Currock Community Centre in Carlisle and in Penrith Rugby Club in Penrith we run classes for children aged 8-18. focusing on various different aspects of performance including Acting, Singing and Dance.

Theatre by the Lake

A series of weekly online workshops, running from Monday 8 February – Monday 29 March, will provide young people aged between 14 and 18 years old who may not otherwise have access to the theatre industry an opportunity to explore roles in the theatre with practical insight from professionals who work in the field. Led by Cumbrian theatre director Lexie Ward. Get in touch.

Brewery Arts

Ever wanted to be a star on the big screen? Act on Camera will teach you TV & film secrets on how to create truthful characters, be in your very own soap opera and engage an audience through the lens of a camera. 3,2,1 ACTION! Led by Cumbrian theatre practitioner, Emily Baxter. Find out more.


New Writing North

New Writing North supports writing and reading in the North of England. We commission new work, create development opportunities, nurture talent and make connections. Resources for young writers here.



Turrets Youth Theatre

Turrets Youth Theatre runs weekly drama sessions, termly theatre performances and one-off creative projects for children and young people in Barnard Castle and the surrounding area.

We have two groups – Juniors (ages 8-12) and Seniors (ages 13+) – and meet on a Wednesday evening (4-5:30pm and 5:45-7:15pm) at The Witham Community Arts Centre.

Through devised and scripted work, our groups develop imaginative and original performances, equipping members with invaluable experiences both on and off stage. Our weekly workshops are full of play, building confidence and trust as key acting skills are developed. We have masterclasses, guest facilitators and a range of different performance opportunities. It’s a lot of fun – come and join us!

Read more here about How Turrets Works

Email [email protected] for more information.