Grand Arena Youth Theatre

The launch of Grand Arena Youth Theatre in collaboration with the Arena Theatre in September 2016 has been a huge success! Available spaces sold out in 3 hours, and members are currently enjoying learning new drama techniques from our professional practitioners, everything from improvisation through to physical theatre.

Grand Arena Youth Theatre

The Grand Arena Youth Theatre's first performance CHECK-IN took place Saturday 4 February. This was a performance piece that reflected a term's worth of exploration into playfulness, improvisation, physical theatre and devising. It explored social media and migration and examined what happens when these two worlds, the online and physical, collide.

New members will have an opportunity to join in April, however spaces will be limited. If you would like more information, please contact [email protected]

Weekly rehearsals take place on Monday evenings at the Arena Theatre from 6pm-7.30pm for Juniors (aged 9-13) and 8pm-9.30pm for Seniors (aged 14-18). The cost is £60 per 12 week term (£5 per session)

Grand Arena Youth Theatre - Drama Practitioners

Alex Turner


Alex graduated with a distinction from Circomedia, the UK's leading institution for Contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre, in 2013. Since then Alex has been performing globally, headlining multiple international comedy and performance festivals, primarily as a stage performer but he also holds a range of on screen credits. Specialising in improvisation and devising, he makes his own shows to tour and works as a director and producer for other companies throughout the UK and Europe.

Fran Richards


Fran is the Senior Practitioner at Grand Arena Youth Theatre and also oversees Education and Outreach at the Arena Theatre. Fran has loved theatre from a young age and now has an extreme passion for small scale, devised and physical theatre especially that which accessible to all. After receiving a first-class honours degree and the Jasmin Vardimon Award for Excellence in Physical Theatre whilst training, she began her career as a freelance Actor, working with companies including Birmingham REP, Shakespeare's School Festival, Gazebo Theatre and Newave Arts.

Fran still flexes her acting and directing muscles regularly when taking part in 14/48: The Worlds Quickest Theatre Festival as well as co-ordinating Artsfest; a multidisciplinary festival that celebrates the Arts within the Black Country.


Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Wolverhampton Grand is a long established theatre in the heart of the Midlands. It receives a wide range of major touring productions including drama, musicals, ballet, dance, opera, variety, concerts, children's shows and one of the biggest pantomimes in the UK, with audiences from across the region and beyond taking advantage of excellent transport links to the town. Admired by performers and audiences alike for its intimate three-tiered Victorian auditorium, the Grand celebrated its 120th anniversary in December 2014.The arrival of a new Chief Executive in June 2015 signalled a significant period of change for the Theatre, commencing with the complete remodelling and renovation of the Front of House area, which took place in summer 2016, there was also a full replacement and upgrade of auditorium seating. During the next few years, the Theatre's artistic vision will expand and there will be emphasis given to re-establishing the Theatre's history of producing quality “in house" theatre for the people of Wolverhampton and beyond.

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