Whether you are looking to pursue a career in theatre, a teacher looking for new ways to engage your students or simply looking for a fresh challenge and to make new friends, we’re proud to offer a wide range of opportunities to get involved at Forest Forge Theatre, whatever your age.
Our youth theatre offers fantastic opportunities for anyone aged 6-21 years to create dynamic ensemble performance.
Our ethos is all about unlocking an individuals creative potential through playful anarchic weekly sessions. As well as in house shows at our theatre in Ringwood, there are opportunities throughout the year to perform street theatre and site-specific work.
Our Youth theatre offers increased self-confidence, resilience, tolerance, fearlessness, curiosity, collective identity, celebrating individualism, tools for managing emotion, friendship, romance, empathy, liberation, collaboration and co-operation; With lots of laughing, acting, socialising, moving, inspiring, supporting, script reading, devising, daring, floor-sweeping, ball throwing, people throwing, mischief and mayhem.
Encouraging young people to stand tall in their own shoes or walk in somebody else’s is at the heart of what we do.
We currently run five different age-specific groups on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from our Ringwood theatre – and you can join at any time during the term, subject to space.
Monday 4th September to Monday 20th November. (there will be no session in half term Mon 23rd Oct)
Future Term dates
Spring – Mon 8th Jan – Mon 19th March
Summer – Mon 23rd April – Mon 9th July
One of the reasons we enjoy Act Your Age so much is because we get to try things we normally wouldn’t. You never give up on us and give us the confidence to have a go. On a personal level I haven’t enjoyed myself as much for ages!
Lynn, Act Your Age member
Working with the local community is at the heart of what we do and is one of the important and inspiring strands of our work.
Our team create projects and run workshops with all sections of the community including disadvantaged and hard to reach groups. Recent community projects include working with the traveller community of the New Forest, local hospices, day centres, tots groups and many more.
Forest Forge also specialises in work in Autism and can provide awareness training for cultural organisations.
If you are part of a community group and would like to find out how Forest Forge can support you, contact Lucy on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us for a chat on 01425 470188.
Thanks to Forest Forge for making the whole experience the high point of my UK tour. It was an honour and a good time! May all visiting artists saunter off into the forest, have a glass of wine and perform for a full house of open hearts. Fantastic.
Tanya Evanson, Performance poet
From designing and delivering one-off bespoke workshops covering all aspects of theatre – from Shakespeare, puppetry, playwriting, physical theatre to storytelling and even e-safety – to working with you to deliver longer in-depth projects – our creative learning team has a wealth of experience to support you and your school, college or university.
Our extensive background in education has given us a wide range of experience working with different age ranges and abilities, including EFYS, Pupil Referral Units and SEN, in particular young people with on the autistic spectrum, which is an area of particular specialism for us.
We are always willing to discuss your ideas and how we can help you and your school.
I can’t believe such an amazing evening happened in Ringwood!
Audience member about FLOW (July 2016)
Now in its sixth successful year, elevate is our annual work experience scheme in partnership with Ringwood and Burgate Schools.
Every summer term, up to 20 Year 11 and Year 12 students work with us to devise, rehearse, design, tech and perform a brand new issue-based play, before heading out on tour to secondary schools across the region, all accomplished in just two weeks!
elevate enables students to learn about all aspects of theatre from a professional theatre company, from lighting, sound and set design, to stage management and performance techniques – opening their eyes to the variety of employment opportunities within the arts. The project also counts towards Ringwood School’s Year 12 students taking BTEC in Production Arts.
Previous elevate projects have explored cyber bullying, body image and teenage pregnancy. In 2009, the project focused on a performance about knife crime, which was described by one teacher who saw the final performance as; “one of the most positively influential things to occur in my time here and I have been here for a decade”.
This year’s elevate project, Man Up, Girl Up, is generously supported by the Zich Trust, Ringwood School and Hampshire County Councillor Stephen Rippon-Swaine.
elevate is an incredibly special experience for all students involved. The benefits of working alongside theatrical professionals and participating in a tour are immense for the performers and technicians alike.