Y&T Saturday School

Who We Are

Young and Talented is a theatre school with a difference. We embrace young people from all socio-economic backgrounds, religions and ethnicities, and provide them with high calibre coaching and opportunities.

As a social enterprise, Young and Talented has been nurturing and developing young people for stage and screen since 2004. We enrich the quality of our work and the opportunities we offer our young people through our association with professional theatre company – Pilot Theatre an award-winning Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation.

For Stage, Screen and Life

Y&T Saturday School Team

Suzann McLean Robinson DIP, MA, PP
Founder & Director

Suzann trained at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy and has an MA in Professional Practice (directing and producing theatre for Social Change). In 2018 Suzann became the Artistic Director of Theatre Peckham. As an actress her credits include Good Omens, Dr. Who, Casualty, Bafta nominated Little Miss Jocelyn, Eastenders, The Honourable Woman and the BUPA for living commercial. In 2012 Suzann was selected to carry the Olympic Flame in the Torch Relay in recognition for her work within the community.

Roy Alexander Weise MBE
Associate Artist

Roy trained at Rose Bruford, he was the 19th annual winner of the James Menzies-Kitchin Award and directed his critically acclaimed, sell out production of The Mountaintop by Katori Hall at the Young Vic. In 2019 Roy became the joint Artistic Director of Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. Theatre directing credits include: Nine Night (National Theatre & West End), The Trick (Bush Theatre and UK Tour); Dead Don’t Floss (National Theatre); Br’er Cotton (Theatre 503).

Catherine Palmer
Y&T Acting Director & Y&T Rep Company Director

Catherine is an artist, researcher and practitioner in participatory arts. She trained at the BRIT School & has an Masters in Theatre and Performance from Queen Mary University of London with a research focus on the social impact of theatre. Catherine works predominately as a producer of Creative Learning projects with schools and young people in London and around the UK. Catherine leads projects at Young & Talented devising, writing and directing performances with young people at Soho Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Rich Mix and Theatre Peckham.

Ben Christopher
Y&T Musical Director

After studying Music at Oxford University, Ben trained as a primary school teacher where he found his passion for enriching the lives of young people. Ben has an eclectic performance history rooted in music, musical theatre, dance and drag. Most recently, he flourished as the Musical Director of "The Wonderful" at Theatre Peckham in December 2020. Alongside teaching the songs and finessing the technique of the adult actors, Ben travelled to the various schools who were to be the audience in order to engage the children in the project by teaching them a song and inviting them to join in on performance day. Ben loves to share his passion for music and theatre with everyone he comes across!

Jordan Benjamin
Y&T Dancing Director

Jordan is a professional performer, starring in CBBC’s ‘Rocket’s Island’ as a series regular and Channel 5’s ‘Man In The Mirror’ as Tito Jackson. His most recent role is at the West End in ‘Hairspray’ as a member of the Ensemble and 1st Cover Seaweed. This all started with Young and Talented when Jordan joined at the age of 11, which is where he was taught and raised to be a better performer. The skills he acquired then he is still using to this day in his personal and professional career. Jordan returned to Young and Talented to support the next generation become the best performers they want to be, so more young people can have the skills to achieve to the highest degree.

Marie-Ange Camara
Saturday Coordinator

Marie-Ange is an actress, theatre practitioner and researcher. She graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts of Los Angeles where she intensively trained in Acting and Musical Theatre, and has a Bachelor degree in Drama: Performance, Politics and Society from Goldsmiths, University of London. Apart from Y&T, she has worked with theatre companies such as Theatre Royal Stratford East and Matchstick Theatre Company in London. Marie-Ange has also founded L'Art de Rêver, an Ivorian charity aimed at promoting education in Africa by encouraging the intellectual and personal development of young people using the arts as a learning medium. She is currently Associate Researcher in the department of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths.

Joseph Robinson
Y&T Volunteer Assistant

Joseph is an experienced Actor who has experience in both screen and TV. He specialises in voice training and text work. He has a worked in various theatre productions across London including with the prestigious National Youth Theatre. He has led workshops and currently works as a volunteer for Young and Talented Theatre School (the same school he has graduated from after attending for 4 years).

Andreea Urzica
Y&T Director and Company Development Manager

Andreea completed her Masters in Performing Arts with Distinction at the University of Siena (Arezzo – Italy). In the last 15 years Andreea worked as a freelancer with various theatre companies from Italy and the UK. She performed on stage as well as working behind the scenes. Since moving to London 11 years ago, she worked as project manager for community arts projects. She works as a Company Development Coordinator for Young & Talented School of Stage and Screen since 2012.

Jordan Xavier
Music Associate

Jordan has worked for a range of recording artists and directors including including Will (Chase&Status), Luke Smith (George Michael). He won a scholarship to train at the prestigious Berkley School of Music in USA. Jordan currently writes and composes music for TV and radio, he has also played at numerous venues throughout London as a singer and a musician and also teaches music at Beulah junior school and Croydon Music & Arts.

Y&T are winners of

Showing that not only do our young people learn how to perform, they also learn how to succeed in life.

Our Offer

Young People

Are you Young and Talented? Would you like the chance to perform on TV & be WINNERS just like our group The Real Deal? Then join our Triple Talent Programme every Saturday during term time. All you need is comfortable clothes, trainers and bags of energy.

Castings

At Young and Talented we nurture a wide selection of bright, energetic and talented children and young adults from all ethnic backgrounds. Each has their own unique, confident and distinctive personality.

Parents

At Young and Talented the most important aspect is for your child to really enjoy their time with us. Y&T is designed to help young people be at their best and realise their true potential for stage, screen and life.

Saturday Classes

Our sessions are for ages 6 - 16 year olds during term time. The Triple Talent programme offers a 3-hour rotation (1 hour Acting, 1 hour Singing, 1 hour Dance) as well as choreography, song and script writing, leading up to a full production in term 3. We pride ourselves in creating a dedicated, enthusiastic and very talented group of young performers.

Classes

Drama Classes

Acting is an exciting and liberating art form where hopes and fears, dreams and emotions can be expressed. Young & Talented drama classes are designed to develop acting skills through games, improvisation and character work.

Singing Classes

Singing classes offer intensive vocal coaching to develop a solid vocal technique suitable for the safe performance of a variety of musical genre. Singing develops the individual’s voice. Group singing enhances unison and harmonic skills.

Dance Classes

We emphasise performance. We believe that the ability to dance is present in everyone - our classes build the confidence to make it happen. Dance classes are a fusion of Street, contemporary, Jazz and Musical Theatre.

We measure our success by how much we positively influence the lives of children and young people. When you sign up for our Triple Talent Programme here’s what you can expect:

  • Affordable, fully inclusive workshops with no hidden extras.
  • Three one-hour workshops in Acting, Singing and Dancing.
  • A safe and fun family atmosphere excellent for building confidence, self-esteem and creativity.
  • Professional, on the pulse tutors all DBS checked.
  • A part in the Summer Show. All of our productions are original and cutting edge, created by young people for young people and directly relevant to the lives of inner-city kids.
  • Effective training to draw out the talent that is already within.

The Programme

September - December

ENSEMBLE

Making new friends, learning new skills and exploring individual talents.

Term 1

JANUARY - APRIL

CREATE

Working on script writing, choreography & song writing. All the material created goes towards the final show.

Term 2

APRIL - JULY

PERFORM

Rehearsing the show ready for its audience at the end of year performance.

Term 3

WHERE ARE WE?

Young and Talented takes place every Saturday during term time at:

Oxford House
Derbyshire Street
Bethnal Green E2 6HG

A modern centre for the arts in the heart of East London

Classes run from 10:30am – 1:30pm

Theatre Peckham
221 Havil Street
Southwark SE5 7SB

A flagship cultural venue and a pioneering Learning Theatre

Classes run from 10:30am-12:30pm

Term Dates

(for the current academic year)

Start:
Half-term (no session):
Re-start:
End (last session:)

Term 1

Start:
Saturday 19th September 2020
Half-term (no session):
Saturday 31st October 2020
Re-start:
Saturday 7th November 2020
End (last session:)
Saturday 12th December 2020

Term 2

Start:
Saturday 9th January 2021
Half-term (no session):
Saturday 20th February 2021
Re-start:
Saturday 27th February 2021
End (last session:)
Saturday 3rd April 2021

Term 3

Start:
Saturday 24th April 2021
Half-term (no session):
Saturday 5th June 2021
Re-start:
Saturday 12th June 2021
End (last session:)
Saturday 11th July 2021

Testimonials

Never will I be a stranger to you guys, thank you for all you’ve taught me and all the opportunities you guys have given me. My journey with Y&T has put me on such a good path so much so that as I embark on this new journey I’ll be able to use the foundation you guys have given me to keep be grounded.

Student: Zecharia 2019

Y&T offers me the chance to combine creative responses to a provocative modern classic text from a diverse group to produce a piece of relevant theatre that shares ideas and voices of the generation who will make society’s big decisions in the near future.

Richard Hurford, playwright 2018

As vibrant and engaging youth and community drama group as I’ve come across. A fundamental part of East London’s creative and dramatic life.

Simon Stephens, playwright 2018

A big thank you to you and all the team at Y&T for giving Jeremy the amazing opportunity to discover his passion. We are grateful for everything. The mentorship you give him means so much to us and he continues to inspire myself and his siblings and friends.

Parent: Taf 2018

The magazine is now out, What a souvenir / memorie! Myself and Harrison Obioha both came from Young And Talented with incredible experience in acting and behind the scene. I just want to take this time thank Young And Talented for helping us to achieve this amazing work and always believed in our talented as well as support and encouragement. Young And Talented gave me and Harrison today the ability to dream about becoming an Actor/ Actress, our journey with them was lots of worth.

Student: Tsara 2016

Can I just use this opportunity to say how impressed and pleased we are with the YT set-up. We have seen Nuriah develop enormously over the past 18 months and would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the staff for their positive input, tenacity and effort on the children.

Parent: Victor 2017