Creative LearningThere are many ways to get involved with The Dukes. We offer a range of weekly Youth Theatre groups from the age of 7 upwards and a weekly music group. We’re also very proud of our inclusive theatre work and provide weekly sessions for young people and adults with learning disabilities, a Deaf Drama group and Alternative Outcomes (adults with experience of street homelessness).

All our groups work towards at least one production a year and perform in one of the three spaces we have at The Dukes: The Rake, The Round or our Centre for Creative Learning (CCL) which is just up the road from the main building. Sessions are fun, and provide members with skills, knowledge and experiences that you won’t find anywhere else in Lancaster!

Work with professional directors, designers, writers and theatre makers on a weekly basis
 Develop skills in performing arts, team work, communication and creative expression
Meet like-minded young people who share your love of theatre
Learn about life in a professional theatre environment
Create exciting and innovating productions inspired by you
Have fun!

Membership is £60 per term for most groups (see below for more details*) and registration is through The Dukes Box Office. There are limited places for each group and these are filled on a first come first served basis.

For information on all our groups click through the tabs below!

Registration for 2015/2016 is now open! You can download you form below – please return it to The Dukes Box Office by Monday 31 August 5pm

Youth Theatre Application Form

Application forms for Shattering Images & Redbananallama will be available soon – if you have any questions please contact


Playmakers A – Years 3 & 4

Wednesdays 4 – 5.15pm at CCL

Director Ruby Henderson

Playmakers B – Years 5 & 6

Wednesdays 5.30 – 6.45pm at CCL

Director Ruby Henderson

Junior Youth Theatre – Years 7 & 8

Tuesdays 4.30 – 6pm at CCL

Director Ruby Henderson


Senior Youth Theatre – Years 9, 10 & 11

Mondays 4.30 – 6.30pm at CCL

Directors Ruby Henderson & Jon Randall


That Music Thing – Years 9-11

Thursdays 4.30 – 6.30pm at CCL

Director Lee Affen




Young Actors – Years 11, 12 & 13

Mondays 6.30 – 8.30pm at CCL

Director Louie Ingham

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Shattering Images – For young adults with learning difficulties

Wednesdays 10am – 3.00pm at CCL

Director Jilly Sumsion

*Membership is £180 per term, payable before the start of every term.


RedBananaLlama – For adults with learning difficulties

Thursdays 10am – 3.00pm at CCL

Director Jilly Sumsion

*Membership is £180 per term, payable before the start of every term.

 Members of Redbananallama prepare for their Cinderella Cabaret on January 10

Deaf Drama – For Deaf adults (18+) using BSL

Mondays 6 – 8pm at The Dukes

In partnership with Deafway

Director Jilly Sumsion

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Alternative Outcomes – For adults with experience of street homelessness

Tuesdays 11 – 2pm at CCL

In partnership with LDHAS

Director Jon Randall