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group performance with robot puppet
group performance with robot puppet

Spectrum Youth Theatre

Termly, year-round

This term’s course is now underway but you can find out all about Spectrum’s history below. If you would like to find out more about future Spectrum courses, please email Sarah Schofield –

Every Thursday evening for 8 weeks from 6.45pm – 8.15pm 

Term Starts: Thursday 5th May
Half Term Break – No session Thursday 2nd June
Extended Filming Session – Thursday 23rd June (6.45-9.15pm)
Final sharing session – Thursday 30th June (friends and family invited)


Spectrum Youth Theatre (SYT) is a puppet youth theatre for young people with Asperger’s or autism. It began in May 2014, as a pilot project, with support from Turtle Key Arts, and has gone from strength to strength. They first performed on the stage at Little Angel Theatre in July 2014. It was a show called Maui’s Island and was directed by Joanne Skapinker and Scott Durkin.

This term

Wishing on a star – a science-fiction adventure, exploring the power of wishes and how we can make them a reality. Using puppetry, models and three-dimensional set-scapes, participants will get the chance to create their very own wish scenario and contribute to a group puppet make. Participants will then work together, to create a captivating story, script and beautiful visuals for a short film and a live screening.

How to book

We are accepting new recruits and would love to hear from you.

If you are a new recruit and would like to make an enquiry about joining Spectrum Youth Theatre please contact Sarah Schofield.

If you have taken part in Spectrum Youth Theatre before, please contact our Box Office to book your spot on 02072261787


Since it began in 2014, SYT has gone from strength to strength.

Between September 2015 and April 2017 the youth theatre worked with Smoking Apples. In March 2016 they presented a group devised piece entitled The Creature, which was performed, to much acclaim, at Little Angel Theatre (photo above). This was followed by an equally successful devised piece called Beyond the Flash, which was presented at Little Angel Theatre in March 2017.


Spectrum Youth Theatre were invited to perform Beyond the Flash at the first-ever Autism Arts Festival, which took place at the University of Kent, in Canterbury, on 29th and 20th April 2017.

Between September 2017 and March 2018, the youth theatre was led by Dylan Tate (Director) and Ellie Mills (Designer). They worked on futuristic themes to create a devised play called It’s Not the End of the World: ABOVE. This was presented as a double bill with It’s Not the End of the World: BELOW, devised and presented by Little Angel Youth Theatre. These shows were premiered at the Pauline Quirke Academy on 23 and 24 March 2018.

Who is Spectrum Youth Theatre for?

This is a perfect club for artists, model builders, designers, problem solvers, puppeteers, performers and people with big imaginations or a quirky take on life. We observe life and create fantastic stories about things that matter to us.

You can read more about Autism and Puppetry from the perspective of Josiah Carr, Spectrum Youth Theatre member, here.

“The course was inspiring and engaging. I feel I have learnt a huge amount about the art of puppetry and have improved my own puppetry skills. Thanks to Oliver for being such a patient teacher”.

– A course participant.