Creative Associate Pip Newland

ABOP provides the highest standard of theatre performance in a creative environment that is dynamic, challenging and empowering, enabling all Youth Actors  to fulfill their potential. 

Where excellence becomes a habit!  

The Junior Company
Spring Project

Summer Youth Theatre Project

The Junior Company
Winter Project


We at ABOP's Young Actors Programme are passionate about sharing our love of drama and professional theatre with students.

We offer quality dramatic arts performance education experiences taught by quality theatre professionals and creatives in rich, child-honoring learning environments through after school workshops, holiday camps and performance projects. Artists runs weekly sessions for young people aged 7-25 years. Through a collaborative process of making theatre, ABOP produces work that responds to the lives of young people and recognises their talent. The Young Actors Programme is committed to raising aspirations whilst developing skills, knowledge and understanding of young peoples’ experiences . Groups are divided into three sections, The Junior Company, The Senior Company and  'SO Theatre' our professional young actors company,  for those wishing to pursue a career in the arts. 

ABOP  Young Actors rehearsals are disciplined,  fast paced, challenging and students work to high standards in the performing arts.  For discerning parents ABOP Young Actors programme is perfect for children and young people who can participate fully in all three genres and will flourish in a company.

Our talented staff, all degree qualified and working within the arts  industry, are led by artistic director, Dix Aston and Musical Director Gareth Williams. 

ABOP Youth Theatre and Young Actors sessions are often over subscribed so we are unable to reserve places without payment or provide a waiting list.  Registering your interest, or dropping the office an email before enrolling your child enables you to confirm if places are available, or auditions are being scheduled. Please do not settle fees without checking if a place is availble as this may incur costs.  Once availability has been established places  for some projects will be offered on a 'first come, first served' basis, at the point of payment. Others where auditions take place will be offered if candidates meet the criteria. We do not offer a waiting list arrangement.

For Arts Centres, Theatres, Schools and Colleges where specialist drama instructors and Directors may not be available ABOP can also provide a weekly Young Actors Programme, encompassing fun filled drama workshops and youth theatre groups. ABOP can ensure venues are able to present youth theatre performances on either an annual or bi-annual basis. Interested parties should email the office for terms. 

The Junior Company
7-10/11 years
The Junior Company gives children the opportunity to explore and to reach their creative potential through performance projects. Designed specifically for those children who love drama and wish to develop their performance skills to a high level, work on script and are comfortable learning lines and meeting age appropriate deadlines. The Junior Company is suitable for children who already love performing arts, or would like to start out on their theatrical adventures.

The Senior Company  
10/11-16  years

Senior Young Actors offers inspirational, challenging performance projects and workshops for young people enabling them to develop performance skills, build confidence and work creatively with other young people. Ensemble playing and solo work allows students to develop their physical, vocal, critical and interpretative skills while exploring their creative and expressive capacities. 

Through participation in arts activity, Seniors develop skills which are useful for a career in theatre, but also skills that are transferable to real-life contexts.

'SO Theatre'
14-21  years

Most professional performers will tell you that their most valuable training came from actually doing! Members of 'SO Theatre' benefit from exactly that, performing a variety of theatre productions as part of ABOP's professional season. A truly unique and invaluable experience which pushes performers to deliver excellence 'SO'  offers performers a creative opportunity to enhance, perfect and develop their craft under the guidance of professional theatre facilitators and mentors.

Company members are encouraged to discover and explore their unique artistic voices as they work together to create and perform original and scripted work. Authenticity, originality, energy, honesty, enthusiasm... all of their experiences are essential to the process. Through collaboration, company members form a supportive ensemble of young artists in an inspiring environment where they are free to experiment, make bold choices, and take risks.  

This elite young actors company, open to those aged 14 to 21 years, welcomes members who are highly skilled in acting, singing, movement and musicianship who wish to pursue a career in the dramatic arts or have a serious commitment to performance. Entry is by audition/invitation only.