What We Do
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 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;
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.
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.
"CTC truly creates access and aspiration for all, regardless of background."
Here at CTC...
The ‘Amplify’ programme enhances CTC’s commitment to raising up the voices and aspirations of the young people of Banbury through a weekly on-going programme of creative workshops in the community.
Participation on the Amplify programme is free of charge. The groups run on a weekly basis at various locations in Banbury.
We run weekly theatre-based workshops 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 experienced artists offer a variety of practical workshops suitable for primary and secondary school drama.
We deliver exciting, accessible projects with local schools, using drama to explore a variety of topics such as inclusion, school transitions and literature, introducing children to practical storytelling from an early age.
We also deliver CPD for teachers, empowering them to use drama more widely across the curriculum.
The Park Ranger is an interactive environmental arts project for Year 4 children, designed (in line with the Year 4 science curriculum) for school fields and public festival events. During workshops, children are engaged as trainee ‘Rangers’ on adventures in green spaces. Through interactive storytelling, music, craft and gardening activities, participants are led to understand the importance of taking care of their immediate environment to make a difference in their wider community.
Our Monday night group members aged 11-25 work closely with professional artists and directors to develop productions which tour the local community. These young people gain confidence through performance opportunities, positive connections with peers and an insight into the arts. Below you'll find videos of some of our previous productions including Song of The Summer and Pete Stays Home.
Fully Funded Bursary Spaces
At CTC we believe in accessibility and inclusivity. As a charity, we are proud to offer fully-funded bursary spaces across all of our workshops. Bursary places exist for any young person who would be unable to attend our sessions without this financial support. If you require a bursary place, please select the relevant option when completing our online booking forms.
We welcome referrals from professional providers such as Schools and Social Support. If you would like to refer a young person to take part in our Youth Theatre group or our Saturday Drama sessions, please fill out the referral form below and we will be happy to discuss how we can offer support.