Cherwell Theatre Company (CTC) is a registered charity (number 1137145). Since 2004 we've created an environment where young people can be themselves, make new friends and feel valued. We work collaboratively to bring their unique qualities and aspirations to life through inclusive community theatre; often in unusual spaces. We operate from our headquarters at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury alongside our longstanding champion and partner, Activate Learning who continue to support our work with young people.
Established in 2004 by Nasser Memarzia and Karen Corradi, CTC has since presented: nineteen theatre productions; three festivals showcasing local young artists; two 'Theatre in Education' projects playing to more than 100,000 school children across the UK; and a number of street theatre and site-specific works such as ‘A Shakespeare Summer Soiree’ at Broughton Castle, 'Myth' and 'Myth II' which toured parks and housing developments in 2019 and 2021, bringing new communities together. In 2022 we were presented with the CBA for Charity and Community giving, recognising the work we do to strengthen and promote the inclusion, diversity and empowering of Young People in the Cherwell District.
We work within schools, our local community and offer weekly drama workshops. We are always excited to welcome new members to our company and we hold no auditions. We're open to anyone with an interest in theatre. At CTC we believe in accessibility and inclusivity, working closely with our amazing workshop facilitators to ensure all our participants feel supported.
Our aim is to give young people a sense of self-belief, wellbeing and value by bringing them together with professional artists to make theatre.
Our weekly theatre workshops are the core of everything we do, and our alumni have gone on to train at prestigious drama schools including RADA, Mountview, The Central School of Speech & Drama, Italia Conti, The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts. Many choose to return to work with us as professionals, post-training. Others of course have success in non-arts based jobs, attributing their confidence to their time spent with CTC - 'a family you never really leave'.
Our work is for everyone, though we are particularly interested in creating strong female roles and non gender stereotype characters, where the voices of our young participants shine through. Our patron is Sir Trevor Nunn, former Director of the RSC and National Theatre. He’s one of many professionals who support us in the belief that "CTC truly creates access and aspiration for all, regardless of background."
Cherwell Theatre Company is proud to welcome all young voices, regardless of background or experience. We hold no auditions, and as a registered charity working in partnership with Activate Learning, we are able to keep subscription fees low and offer fully-funded bursary places to those that need them.