Jasspa Youth Theatre is a company of  talented performers from across South London . JYT runs from September – January  on Saturday afternoons. The course includes devising, physical theatre and working on pre-existing texts before culminating with a public performance in the Prissian Theatre at JAGS. Workshop style classes develop ensemble skills but each member can expect to push forward with their own, individual performance techniques over this intensive 4 month course.

What are we looking for in JYT members? Enthusiasm, commitment and a flair for performing are top of our list. We  also look for discipline and focus as this is what will be needed to rise to the challenge of the course.

How can I join JYT? Entry to JYT is by annual audition in May. Auditions include a workshop and performing a prepared monologue. The monologue can be free choice (up to 2 minutes) or taken from our recommended list. Auditions results are available by mid-June. Call us on 020 8613 6444, or email jasspa@jags.org.uk to register your interest for the coming year.

Commitment: JYT members need to commit to 3 hour rehearsals on all Saturday afternoons during the autumn term without exception, with 5 extra full days  during school holidays/prior to performances in early January. In addition, work set prior to the shows must be adhered to in order for the full company to reach the excellence required for public performance.

Course Fee: £400. The fee covers over 80 hours of tuition (less than £5 per hour) and all expenses entailed with putting on a show. Tickets for the performance have a small charge.

Bursaries: The cost of the course should not be a deterrent for talented pupils. Jasspa will award up to 4 half bursaries / two full bursaries.

Our Directors
Roberta Zuric
is a freelance theatre director and workshop facilitator. Her previous directorial credits include Zero for the Young Dudes! (Orange Tree Theatre/National Theatre Connections), The Little Match Girl (Mirth, Marvel and Maud), All Quiet on the Western Front (Pleasance and SoHo Playhouse, NYC), Naked (Brockley Jack), and #MyWay (Edinburgh Fringe). She is an associate artist of Young Pleasance Theatre and the National Youth Theatre.

Eleanor Henderson is a facilitator, actress and director with extensive experience of working creatively with young people both in the UK and internationally. After completing a degree in English and Drama at Bristol she gained a Masters with Distinction from Central School of Speech and Drama, before training as an actress at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Alongside her practice as a professional actress, El works regularly as a director/facilitator for Battersea Arts Centre, as Acting Tutor for adult performing arts organisation City Academy and numerous freelance roles as workshop leader/director for companies including Punchdrunk, Clean Break and the Fitzrovia Centre.

Here is what JYT got up to in 2017-18….
Creating JYT’s re-launch show was an exciting journey. Co-directors Roberta and El had a similar vision for the company from the outset. They wanted JYT to work in a way that was playful, collaborative and driven by the cast. After a series of auditions run at JASSPA and at other schools the most engaged, creative and talented young people joined the company and JYT was reformed.

The course was an intensive ‘training’ programme on Saturday afternoons; a range of acting processes were explored including improvisation, devising techniques, movement, voice and naturalism . This enabled us to develop a shared language as a company, to discover what sort of story we wanted to tell and in what way. Discussion, devising and lots of laughter brought us to the stimulus that became our show, of which all the characters and ideas were created or inspired by the young performers:

The year is 1980. Destination: The Moscow Olympics.
Three people board a train. A banker, his wife – a celebrated actress – and his sister.
JYT presents a tale of murder and intrigue set to the soundtrack of The Clash, Duran Duran and Soft Cell. Expect passion, deception, double dealing and a supernatural prediction or two.There’s one thing for sure – someone won’t make it alive to Moscow. All aboard!

Congratulations JYT for a wonderful inaugural performance!