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 individual’s 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.
Visit our Facebook page to see production images from our recent productions of Frankenstein, The Crucible, Mermaid and The Hound of The Baskervilles.
Groups, timings and costs
Group 1 = Ages 6-10 (Class 1-4) | Thursday 4 -5pm | £75 per 10 week term
Group 2 = Ages 10-12 (Class 5 & 6) | Wed 4.45 – 6.15pm | £85 per 10 week term
Group 3 = Ages 12-14 (Class 7 & 8) |Thurs 5.15 – 6.45pm | £85 per 10 week term
Group 4 = Ages 14-16 (Class 9 & 10) | Thurs 7 – 8.30pm | £85 per 10 week term
Group 5 = Ages 16-21 (Class 11 +) | Wed 6.30 -8.30pm | £95 per 10 week term
Frankenstein – “Really well-done guys! Super believable performance by everyone, you should all be very proud of yourselves!”
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 us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us for a chat on 01425 470188
Ride – “Breathtaking and haunting performance that will stay with me for a long time, thank you for sharing this tale. “ 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.
The Hound Of The Baskervilles – “Such a brilliant show, I’d have booked 2 nights if I’d known how good it was !” Audience Member
Elevate is our annual work experience scheme which started in 2009.
Every summer term, up to 20 Year 10, 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 relationships, gender and body image. 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”.
In 2016, Man Up Girl Up focused on issues surrounding sexism and gender terminology. One participant said, “I was amazed that I felt so comfortable about being open and vulnerable around new people, and having the confidence to share my views and ideas”.
In 2017 elevate’s project The Birds and The Bees had the audience thinking about consent. One teacher said “Acting was spot on and well directed. Topics each year are well presented and provide excellent information which is easily accessed by the audience. An absolute credit to their company”.
This year’s elevate project about politics and change is generously supported by the Zich Trust and Heritage Lottery Fundand is delighted to be the community engagement part of the Sir Harry Burrard Neale 250th Anniversary Project. The Burrard Neale project is led by the Lymington Society and the Lymington & Pennington Town Council with support from SPUD and a wide range of community partners.