Creative Learning

Get Involved

We are proud to have a varied creative and exciting programme running across the Cliffs Pavilion and Palace Theatre, and we would love for you to get involved.

We have six Youth Theatre Groups for ages 4-19, Early Years arts-based activities, monthly storytelling for all ages, our annual Palace Theatre Summer Youth Project, workshops, and so much more.

Take a look at what’s coming up in Creative Learning and see how you can be a part of it!

For further info about any aspect of our Creative Learning programme please contact .

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What We Do

Weekly Youth Classes

Southend Theatres is proud to have a varied community and education programme.

At Southend Theatres we have six Youth Theatre Groups – Tiny Palace for 4 to 7 year olds, Little Palace for 7 to 11 year olds, Young Palace for 11 to 16 year olds. Palace Youth Company for 16 to 19 year olds and a  Technical Youth Company for 14 to 19 year olds.

Southend Theatres is proud to offer two youth theatre groups, known as Total Palace, for children and young people who may identify as neuro diverse or have additional needs.


Summer Youth Project

Our Summer Youth Project is for young people aged between 9 and 19 with a passion for performing, or a keen eye for backstage. We take over the Palace Theatre for 2 weeks over the summer holidays where we create, rehearse, and perform 6 unforgettable performances of a well-known and loved musical to live audiences! To secure your space in this year’s production of The Addams Family, you will need to apply and audition.



Join us once a month for storytelling at the Cliffs Pavilion.

Our stories are suitable for pre-school children upwards, together with their families. We will cover a variety of topics and themes, including some of the children’s shows we have coming up at the theatres. MORE INFO

Bac​kstage Tours

Backstage tours a​re run at both the Palace Theatre and Cliffs Pavilion, and are available for everyone - whether you are a school, community group or simply theatre enthusiasts. MORE INFO


We are delighted to provide drama, singing, acting, dancing or musical theatre workshops that bring learning to life, through the magic of theatre, movement, sound and much more! Workshops can be delivered at the Cliffs Pavilion, Palace Theatre or we can come directly to your school or organisation.

Our workshops can be themed to a topic of your choosing. For example, we can offer workshops around heroes and villains, fairytales, mental health and wellbeing, a certain show, play or musical or something relative to your curriculum. Not only is a theatre workshop something different and fun, but also, they can help to aid young people’s critical thinking, creative problem solving and confidence.

Workshops must be booked via our Creative Learning Manager. Workshop costs vary depending on location, duration, and content.

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Education Resources

Many of our touring productions have workshops and/or teacher packs linked to the shows.


Tea and Tales

Professional oral storytellers Hannah Brailsford and Peter Optical invite you to listen and engage with folk tales, fairy stories, wonder tales and myths both from our own shores and around the world, whilst enjoying a cup of tea/coffee and a slice of cake. MORE INFO

Relaxed Cinema Screenings

Our Relaxed Cinema Screenings are particularly suitable for people affected by dementia, their partners, family members and people who care for them professionally. We also offer these screenings appropriate for early years. MORE INFO

School Holiday Activities

A range of wonderful workshops

We offer a range of wonderful workshops during each of the school holiday periods. MORE INFO

Parent and Toddler Drama Group

We currently have spaces in our Parent and Toddler group! Contact Emma to join this term.

Our Parent & Toddler drama classes at the Palace Theatre meet every Monday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm during term time.


Mini Musicians

These magical music classes are the first step in your child's musical development.


Work Experience

Interested in a career in theatre? Southend Theatres are delighted to offer work experience placements for 14-18 year olds at various dates throughout the year. Learn how the Cliffs Pavilion and Palace Theatre run, exploring a range of departments, from Front of House to Backstage, Marketing and more!


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Work With Us

Fancy landing a role at our theatre? Our cast is constantly growing and we'd love you to be a part of it!

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