Summer of Play workshops 2021
You can view our safeguarding policy
with appendices for online workshops
and our online code of conduct here:
One to one mentorship
We are currently offering free one to one online mentorship to young people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mentorship programmes are designed collaboratively with participants to reflect their needs and aspirations and delivered by our experienced staff.
Our young people are:
Devising Stand Up Comedy routines
If you'd like to refer a young person for online support, please email
Drama Workshops (Ages 11-25)
Each week during term time we deliver workshops for young theatre makers. Our workshops are open to anyone with an interest in theatre.
During this challenging time we have offered drama workshops over Zoom and face to face with social distancing, when it is possible to do so.
Workshops for our youth theatre (11 to 16 years) take place on Mondays from 5.15pm to 6.30pm.
Workshops for our young company (17 to 25 years) take place on Mondays from 6.45pm to 8pm.
If you aren't yet taking part and would like to, just drop us a line at and we'll send you all the relevant sign up forms.
We are proud to offer bursaries for all of our activities. Do ask if you require one to take part.
Auditions Preparation Classes
During the Winter and Spring terms CTC members interested in applying for drama schools are invited to attend intensive classes on auditions preparation. The sessions include assistance with:
Identifying cast type
Choosing contrasting monologues
Preparing a speech using Stanislavskian and Uta Hagen techniques
Shakespeare analysis and performance support
Cherwell Theatre Company have a long standing history of providing this support to our members and our alumni have trained at many prestigious drama schools including RADA, Mountview, The Central School of Speech & Drama, Italia Conti, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts.
We hope to restart these workshops in September, if it is safe to do so
Professional Skills Workshops (Ages 11-25)
Each term we offer specialist 'Professional Skills' workshops, led by industry professionals on a range of performance disciplines, including:
Vocal Technique and Accents
Clowning and Slapstick
Stand Up Comedy
Workshops are open to all aged 11+ and free to CTC members.
We hope to shortly announce a new season of online professional skills workshops, keep checking back for more information.
For more information on any of CTC's Youth Theatre Groups
After school drama clubs (Ages 5-11)
Our after school clubs run weekly during term time at
Queensway School, Banbury (Mondays)
William Morris School, Banbury (Tuesdays)
Harriers School, Banbury (Thursdays)
Middleton Cheney Primary (Fridays)
Each term, participants will develop their performance skills with our experienced facilitators, improve their confidence and embark on fun storytelling projects with their class mates including plenty of games and heaps of fun!
The cost is £3 per session at each school. We are proud to offer bursary places to those that need them to take part- just drop us a line:
Drama Adventures (Ages 2-5)
Thursday mornings from 10am-11am at the Sunshine Centre, Banbury
Join us for exciting early years drama adventure workshops for 2-5 year olds! Each week, children will embark on different adventures through drama, storytelling, craft activities, music and fun!
Sessions must be booked in advance through the centre and are £5 per family.
Creative Workshops with Banbury Mosque
We're excited to announce a new weekly class for girls aged 11+ delivered in partnership with our friends at Banbury Mosque, and with support from Cherwell District Council and Artswork.
Participants will work with two fantastic facilitators to create their own stories, poems and plays, with opportunities to try illustration and animation too!
If you'd like to get involved, email
WHAT OUR PARTICIPANTS SAY
CTC has built me, from the bottom up it has shaped me into the performer that I am today
JESS LLOYD JONES
Never have I worked with such talented people, a place where you are completely safe to challenge yourself and be brave
CTC has been a great place to work with professionals and young people who share a passion for acting
CTC is a great place for me to both stretch myself as a performer and feel safe around a lovely group of supportive people