A successful performing arts academy in Bedfont is expanding with the launch of a new youth theatre group.

One year on from the opening of the young performers club for children aged between seven and 11, actress and founder Terri Ann Creaser nee Bailey of Tale Be Told Theatre company is setting up a similar venture for young people aged 11 plus.

The mum-of-two is calling on youngsters with a flair for dance, singing or drama to go along to the free taster session on Wednesday (February 24).

Mrs Creaser of Bedfont said: “As our Young Performers Club is growing so nicely (it is pretty much a full club at the moment), we are now launching a Youth Theatre.

“We are really keen that the Youth Theatre is moulded by the young people themselves- with them deciding what kind of shows they’d like to put on and even choosing the name for the Youth Theatre.”

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She hopes to nurture homegrown talent to become more confident in their own voice and performance.

The opportunity will also give local boys and girls the chance to develop their skills with a vision to perform regularly on stage in front of an audience.

Mrs Creaser added: “We are really proud of all we have achieved this year.

"We’ve seen the Young Performers Club grow and the professional company has also performed six original, interactive shows for the community in the last year.

“We really want to make theatre accessible for the local community.”

If anyone is interested in signing up email terri@talebetold.co.uk

Free taster session is on Wednesday (February 24) and subsequent paid for classes (£5.50) will run every Wednesday during term time at Bedfont Community Centre on Hatton Road from 6pm to 7.30pm. Sibling discounts available.