Everyman and Playhouse Youth Theatre

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The Everyman and Playhouse Youth Theatre is a Liverpool based stage and drama company for young people in Merseyside.


Located at Liverpool's Everyman Theatre, the Youth Theatre is open to teenagers from all over Merseyside. It provides weekly sessions in a wide variety of skills, covering everything from storytelling to stage combat. It gives members the opportunity to act, direct, dance, design, sing, improvise, and work on a range of scripts from Shakespeare to brand-new plays.


Each Autumn the entire youth theatre present full-scale productions for the Everyman stage. These have included Julius Caesar, in October 2007, and Monkey!, as part of the theatres' Capital of Culture Year programme in 2008.

The group was closely involved in the development of Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s Proper Clever, his first script for the stage which was produced at the Playhouse in October 2008. As of May 2009, senior members of the Youth Theatre will present their first studio production, Timberlake Wertenbaker's The Love of the Nightingale, at the Everyman Theatre. February 2012 saw the YEP's (Young Everyman Playhouse) inaugural production, a site specific piece called Intimate held at Camp and Furnace, which the Liverpool Daily Post described as a piece of promenade theatre, that invites the audience to walk in their shoes – whether serving in the armed forces, waiting for a loved one to return from service or understanding what a war on the other side of the world means and Liverpool Echo reviewed Intimate giving it 8/10 and calling it Powerful. In March 2012 YEP performed a devised promenade piece called You Are Being Watched which was a look at how apparent CCTV is in modern-day Britain. Made Up : On Stage In Liverpool described You Are Being Watched as Devised by the company’s Young Actors, the show made the best of everything at its disposal. Some entertaining performances, good use of effects and sound, and an imaginative premise made it easy to enjoy. Upcoming performances include Illyria penned by Bryony Lavery and the LAB season which is decided entirely by the YEP performers.


Everyman Youth Theatre[edit]

Originally set up in the mid-1970s, Liverpool's Everyman Youth Theatre quickly became one of Britain's most successful youth theatres, with over 300 members at its peak.[1] It ran for nearly twenty years, until the Everyman Theatre went into liquidation and closed its doors in 1993.[1]

New Everyman Youth Theatre[edit]

After having nurtured and encouraged so much young talent on Merseyside, there was great disappointment at the loss of the facility for young people. By 1998 a devoted group of supporters founded the New Everyman Youth Theatre.[1] Launched with funds from the Everyman Supporters Club — including many high-profile members — the group continued with the help of grants, donations and revenue from ticket sales.

Everyman and Playhouse Youth Theatre[edit]

On 25 November 2006 the Youth Theatre returned to its original home to become the Everyman and Playhouse Youth Theatre.[1]

YEP — Young Everyman Playhouse[edit]

The organisation was subsequently relaunched and rebranded as YEP — Young Everyman Playhouse — in 2012.

Former members[edit]

Many well-known actors, musicians, writers and theatre practitioners began and developed their interest in the performing arts at the Youth Theatre. Previous members include:

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Baxter, Lew; "Everyman Theatre nurturing stars of the future" LiverpoolDailyPost.co.uk, 22 October 2007 (Retrieved: 17 July 2009)
  2. ^ "Is this it?" Guardian.co.uk, 30 May 2009 (Retrieved: 17 July 2009)
  3. ^ Barkham, Patrick; "'Gizza job, CBeebies'" Guardian.co.uk, 1 July 2009 (Retrieved: 17 July 2009)
  4. ^ Collinson, Dawn; "An elementary good doctor" LiverpoolEcho.co.uk, 24 December 2002 (Retrieved: 17 July 2009)
  5. ^ a b Jones, Catherine; "We’ve got talent! £25m Culture project launched" LiverpoolEcho.co.uk, 23 September 2008 (Retrieved: 17 July 2009)
  6. ^ "Joe McGann talks about TV, theatre and his latest Liverpool show Lost Monsters" LiverpoolEcho.co.uk, 8 May 2009 (Retrieved: 17 July 2009)
  7. ^ "Everyman Youth Theatre 'coming home' after 13 years" LiverpoolDailyPost.co.uk, 25 October 2006 (Retrieved: 17 July 2009)
  8. ^ Shennan, Paddy; "Crime time TV" LiverpoolEcho.co.uk, 5 July 2008 (Retrieved: 17 July 2009)
  9. ^ Grant, Peter; "Visions of youth" icLiverpool.co.uk, 15 September 2006 (Retrieved: 17 July 2009)

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