At the heart of Anthos Arts' work is our fantastic youth groups. Accessible for children and young performers age 6-11, our groups provide a safe and supportive space for young people to explore their own creativity and challenge themselves to achieve new and exciting goals!
We like to push each and every one of our participants, giving them new hurdles to overcome and opportunities to grow and develop not only as performers, but also as individuals, each term. Additionally, our participants are given opportunities to express their creativity in the local area and engage with local artists and events. Every term our youth groups will create a performance which will be performed on a professional stage at the end of the project. Our previous performance venues have included the Northcott theatre, Pheonix Theatre, the Beehive and the Cygnet Theatre.
With all of our groups we offer children and young people the chance to partake in the Trinity College Arts Award, a national qualification which celebrates creativity and imagination; rewarding participants for their efforts and teaching them new and important skills.
Our youth groups consist of the Chameleon Group, a wonderful weekend group for children age 6-11 to engage imagination and build confidence, teamwork and communication in addition to performance skills, the Story-Makers; a drama, craft and play group for ages 3-6, and the Anthos Young Company, a semi-professional young company for performers age 12-18. The AYC runs termly and participants receive professional actor training and work as a cast to stage and/or devise a brand new show using acting, physical theatre, devising, script writing, dance and puppetry!
We offer all of our participants the opportunity to complete their Arts Award with us through our projects. We are able to offer Discover and Explore certificates to those who are interested.
Our previous productions have included: Theseus and the Minotaur, The Legend of King Arthur, The Princess and the Goblins, What I Want to Be, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Three Musketeers, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Anthos Young Company (ages 12-18):
The Anthos Young Company is a marvellous opportunity for young performers age 12-18 to develop important personal and performance skills, receive professional actor and performance training and gain experience working as part of a theatre company.
The AYC helps support young people's development as professional artists, exposing them to a large variety of different theatrical styles and experiences. The company shall be given a new concept, theme or script each project, with which they will create an original performance. The term will be spent exploring the context and themes of the show before development begins and a final piece is created.
CHAMELEON GROUP (ages 6-11):
Professional, fun performer training for ages 6-11. Every term we take a story or theme and adapt it into a brand new show! Sometimes these stories are well known and sometimes a little more obscure, but they are always incredible fun to work with.
Across the course of the our Chameleons are encouraged to explore the characters and themes of the story through a colourful variety of drama games and activities. The Chameleon Group seeks to support the development of confidence, teamwork, communication and literacy skills through carefully planned sessions. Our experienced facilitator team are always on board to help and we are happy to welcome all: be they veteran performers or first timers.
No project is ever the same, as with every term we have a new concept and will audition new members to take part. We have been lucky to work with some very talented young people and it is wonderful watching the company grow and change. Experiencing the brand new work they produce on every project is a thrill we adore.
We seek to provide professional performance opportunities for the entire group and offer the Arts Award Explore, Bronze and Silver to all of our participants. We also run voluntary and paid work experience opportunities and help develop those of our young company who are interested the chance to develop skills as teachers and facilitators.
The AYC's previous productions include: The Chronos Project, A Midsummer Night's Dream, On the Homefront, H and Sherlock Holmes- The Red Inheritance and Frankenstein.
Story-Makers (ages 3-6):
Fun, imaginative entry-level drama for ages 3-6. Perfect for those who like to be creative and/or who want to give Drama a go! Our Story-Makers is a weekly group which takes a new story each term and explores it using acting, dance, craft and puppetry. At the end of the term parents are invited to come and see what we have created!
Our first Story-Makers project will see us looking at Carol Rumble's reimagined 'The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat.' Sessions are Friday afternoons at the Family Garden, Exeter.