City Varieties Youth Theatre

Leeds Actors in Training (LAIT), a pilot project being run in collaboration with Leeds Grand Theatre offering 18 to 23-year-olds a practical weekly skills-building course for a career in theatre, is proving a hit with its first wave of participants.

“LAIT is an honest and open space where passionate young actors can develop their toolkit under expert guidance.” Said Ellah Jackson, one of nine members. Niamh Hendron added: “There are very few groups in Leeds for 18+ year-olds that offer a focused, skills-based training opportunity, working in-depth on topics you’d learn at drama school.”

Unique to Leeds, LAIT provides young adults with an opportunity to train in a working theatre under the guidance of Director, Lizi Patch, and industry professionals.

In addition to building core skills, term one saw the group take part in two masterclasses with visiting professionals: Movement for the Actor by Natasha Harrison (Movement Director/Choreographer) and Acting Through Singing by Rebecca Stokes (Actor/Singer/Musician). The group will be supporting the CVYTCo in their winter show, Second Person Narrative by Jemma Kennedy, on Tuesday 12th December at the Howard Assembly Room (see below for more information). Term two will be spent further developing skills and preparing for auditions (working on monologues, audition songs and interview technique), culminating in a mock audition where industry professionals will provide feedback and advice.

For more information visit or call Hannah Johnson, Arts Administrator, on 0113 297 7042.


Join the CVYTCo on Tuesday 12 December at 7.15pm in the Howard Assembly Room for an evening of entertainment. Showcasing the range of skills developed throughout the autumn term, Group 1 (school years 4 to 6) will start the proceedings with a Mini Musical Mashup before Groups 2 and 3 (school years 7- 11) will present the thought-provoking contemporary comedy-drama, Second Person Narrative by Jemma Kennedy.

You’re born a girl, you grow up, you grow old… but who is in control of your destiny? And how do you forge your own identity along the way?

Director: Lizi Patch / Choreographer: Dawn Holgate / Musical Director for Group 1: Pete Rosser
Tickets: Adult £8 Child £6
(Postage charge £1 where applicable)
Book online at or call Box Office on 0113 243 08 08.


CVYTco is currently recruiting young people aged 8 to 11-years-old (Years 4 to 6) to start in January 2018. Launched in 2012, CVYTCo – under the guidance of Artistic Director, Lizi Patch, and the Leeds Grand Theatre Learning Team – focuses on building creativity, developing key theatre skills and creating lasting friendships.

Patch commented: “Our focus is on nurturing, supporting and creatively challenging every individual who walks through our doors, regardless of experience.

“Our programme is designed to build confidence, trust, self-awareness and creative skills through physical theatre and regular acting, singing and dance sessions.”

Former CVYTCo member, Megan Parkinson, who recently appeared in Game of Thrones and Holby City, said: “I am very grateful to the City Varieties Youth Theatre, it gave me the confidence to audition for the National Youth Theatre REP company which has been the spark to my acting career. The Youth Theatre brought laughter to my week and an environment in which to make many precious friends.”

For more information and to download an application form visit or call Hannah Johnson, Arts Administrator, on 0113 297 7042.