Paphos Youth Theatre began on the 18th January 2006. I was amazed when I came to live in Cyprus in August 2005 that there was no local youth theatre group for my children to get involved in. As a professional actress, drama teacher and drama therapist, I was well aware of the value of drama and was disappointed to find that it was not part of the school curriculum here in Cyprus. Out of this disappointment, we established the first Youth Theatre in Paphos.
The rationale for the theatre group was therefore to provide a resource that children could exploit in order to develop themselves. Our aim is to build confidence, inspire creativity, improve diction, stimulate the imagination, improve the English of non-English speakers and generally to develop the skills needed in life; listening, observing, role-play, awareness, to mention but a few. Our objective is to enable these children to acquire these various skills through having fun.
Our students’ age range is from 4 to 17 and more recently we have established an adult group. At Paphos Youth Theatre we follow a very structured scheme of work which is tailored to each age group. Students are able to take drama, dance and singing classes, as well as LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) Exams and get involved in the various productions that are on offer throughout the year.