New group puts youth theatre back on scene in Keynsham

Published on: 07 Jun 2014

Budding young actors will once again get the chance to tread the boards in their home town with the launch of a new theatre group.

Following an outcry at the demise of Keynsham Youth Theatre earlier this year, bringing down the curtain on 22 years of local productions, a new group has been set up by former members and leaders of Keynsham Light Opera Group.

Phoenix Keynsham Youth Theatre was officially launched at Broadlands Academy on Tuesday, June 3, with a number of young performers already signed up to start rehearsals for the group’s first show.

Phoenix chairman Rachael Abbott, who was also chairman of KYTS, welcomed members and supporters to the launch before Tony Brown, a founder member of KYTS, declared the group officially open.

Former KYTS member Colin Dean said he was delighted to see youth theatre continuing in Keynsham. He said: “Being part of a group like this gives you so many skills. It’s a way of meeting other young people, having fun learning how to act, but also helps to build confidence among other things.

“I believe that being a part of this group when I was younger has definitely helped me in my life. The local area really needs something like this for young people and to lose this group would have been a huge loss to the community.”

With a volunteer choreographer, producer, musical director and committee in place, Phoenix will meet on Tuesdays at 7.30pm at Broadlands. Leaders are now urging more youngsters of senior school age, including Year 6 leavers, to take the chance to appear on stage and join the group. 

Phoenix’s first show, Be Our Guest, will be a medley of well-known songs from musicals, including numbers from Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, Oliver, Matilda and more and will open on April 1, 2015, at Broadlands.

For more information on Phoenix Keynsham Youth Theatre, contact Jo on 07597 807517 or email

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