Marine Theater launches new youth academy

YOUTH acting lessons and a new on-screen acting course starting in September are the first two exciting offerings from a new academy project at Lyme Regis.

Building on the success of two pilot projects earlier this year – a technical training course and an acting course – the Navy Theater aims to be a place where theater is done and watched.

“On Screen at the Marine” is a 10-week acting course that offers a chance to get in front of the cameras and learn how to act for the big screen with professional actor Billy Geraghty.

Participants will learn the basics of stepping behind the cameras as part of a film ‘crew’. Students from the similar pilot course earlier in the year have already secured paid acting roles.

At the heart of the launch are youth theater classes for two age groups – one for 7-12 year olds and another for 13-18 year olds.

Participants will work alongside experienced tutors and other young people to develop their creativity and performance skills to design new theater to be shared through public performances.

Sessions are fun, welcoming and inclusive. They support the personal development of young people by improving confidence, social and communication skills.

No audition or entry criteria needed, just a desire to get involved and work creatively.

In addition to theater for young people and theater for camera classes, activities are planned for seniors later in the year.

Marine Theater Director Gabby Rabbitts said: “When I was growing up I dreamed of working in drama school, so I couldn’t be happier to announce this launch today.

“The Marine Theater Academy is for people of all ages and backgrounds to train and perform without the barriers of cost. We offer free scholarships and places for those in need.” We will be launching new activities later in the year.”

For more details on the Marine Theater Academy and how to reserve seats, visit

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