The Birmingham Youth Theatre (BYT), based in West Heath, has been selected to perform as part of next weekend’s Artsfest in Birmingham city centre.

Serving South West Birmingham, including West Heath, Northfield & Longbridge, the group is run by Artistic Director Georgina Mason and has made great advancements since she took over earlier this year.

Georgina told us: “I have been running BYT since March this year, and in a short amount of time the young participants of Northfield have worked hard to promote a positive reputation by creating contemporary drama pieces that explore issues relevant to their local communities and generation.

“Their hard work has been recognised by Birmingham City Council and the group have been selected to perform a devised piece at this years Artsfest event,” Georgie added.

The group is also working with West Midlands Police Authority to create a drama piece exploring young people’s issues and their relationship with the local police. The piece will be performed at Tally Ho, Edgbaston during a police event to celebrate young people’s positive involvement within their local communities.

BYT are performing at Artsfest on Saturday 10th September. The performance is called NODES and you can read more about the project on their dedicated website. You can see BYT perform the piece at:
11.00 – 11.30am Sat 10/9/11 – Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery – The Industrial Gallery.
1.30 – 2.00pm Sat 10/9/11 – Street Theatre Venue – Outside Tourist information Centre.

BYT has three companies based on age: Company 1 for 12 to 18 year olds, Company 2 for 7 to 12 year olds and Company 3 for 4 to 6 year olds. Rehearsals are as follows:

  • Company 1 Mondays 5 – 7pm at West Heath Community Centre
  • Company 2 Tuesdays 5.15 – 7.15pm at Turves Green Leisure Centre
  • Company 3 Saturdays 10.30am – 12.30pm at Turves Green Leisure Centre.

Sessions cost £8 but children and young people are welcome to attend a taster session. Group leaders are particularly keen to see more young people join Company 1.

To find out more, check the BYT website or contact Georgie by calling 0121 236 1075 / 07980 435 203 or by email

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