Theatre classes for youngsters

Yew Tree theatre group, which runs sessions in Pontefract, is urging youngsters to join up to classes and wants to let people know about the work they do. Current members with leader Danny Bell (left)
Yew Tree theatre group, which runs sessions in Pontefract, is urging youngsters to join up to classes and wants to let people know about the work they do. Current members with leader Danny Bell (left)

YOUNGSTERS with a passion for the arts are being encouraged to sign up and exercise their creative skills with a community-based theatre group.

Yew Tree Arts is taking up residency at St Mary’s Community Centre in Chequerfield, Pontefract, every Monday afternoon to help budding thespians flex their drama muscles.

But associate artist Gemma Whelan said the workshops were not just for those purely with acting aspirations – they were about using fun, interactive theatre techniques to explore creativity.

Miss Whelan said: “The group’s ethos is about building confidence and self-esteem, and helping young people find their voice and imagination.

“We work towards performances but our mission is less about creating a stage school and more about targeting youngsters who want to stretch that part of themselves.

“It’s accessible to everyone, regardless of experience.”

Yew Tree Arts was launched by three Bretton Hall graduates 15 years ago and Miss Whelan – who has been with the group for a decade – is keen to put their work on Pontefract’s map.

She said: “I think everyone needs a group like this. This is a good quality, affordable workshop and I think the need is there for it. Yew Tree is about opening it up to everyone and people don’t know that these classes are happening.

“The group we have at the moment is so friendly and lively so we want to let people know it’s there and it’s an option.”

Classes are open to 11 to 16-year-olds and runs on Mondays from 4pm to 6pm. Visit www.yew-tree.com for more information.