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The award-winning Chichester Festival Youth Theatre (CFYT) engages over 800 young people each week through workshops at CFT and at 8 satellite locations across West Sussex, offering young people of all abilities from a variety of backgrounds the opportunity to develop their artistic, personal and social skills.

As well as taking part in weekly sessions, Youth Theatre members also have the opportunity to audition for CFYT productions, which are enjoyed by tens of thousands of audience members each year. Since it was founded in 1985, the Youth Theatre has staged over 80 productions, and in recent years, the Christmas production in the Festival Theatre has become a highlight of the season, giving members the experience of performing in a professional standard production. Technical Youth Theatre members also have the opportunity to work alongside professionals in the industry in a world-renowned theatre.

One of the most celebrated and successful youth theatres in the country for anyone aged 5 to 25 who wants to discover new skills, build confidence, make new friends and have fun!

Take part in weekly workshops

Join theatre trips and tours

Develop your skills in masterclasses led by theatre professionals

Sign up to gain an Arts Award qualification

Membership is £60 per term but bursaries are available. Please email or contact the LEAP team on 01243 784437 for more information.

CFYT also offers Youth Dance, Musical Theatre, Technical Youth Theatre and sessions for young people with additional needs (these groups are CFYT Wednesdays in Horsham and CFYT Friday in Chichester); so choose a group that's right for you and join now!

BURGESS HILL - at The Burgess Hill Academy

Tuesdays - 6pm to 7.30pm, Year 6 to Year 9

Tuesdays - 7.30pm to 9pm, Year 10 to 13+

Autumn Term Dates:

w/c 17 September – w/c 3 December

There will be no sessions 22 - 28 October due to the half term break.

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