If you’re a creative person in Luton, you must have heard about Next Generation Youth Theatre – NGYT! Set up in early 2012 by Laura and David Lloyd, with the belief that all young people should be given the opportunity to access affordable high-quality arts experiences and in turn be provided with a platform to creatively present the thoughts, feelings, imaginations and stories of their generation.
David said “We at NGYT believe in theatricality and the next generation of storytelling and this is very much the focus of our creative approach and style. We pride ourselves on providing young people with as many opportunities to do this as possible, in a fun, family orientated, highly ambitious, creative, collaborative, and supportive learning environment.”
By being based in the Hat Factory in Bute Street, NGYT and their patrons have access to professional standard studio spaces for developing and sharing their ideas, devising performances, and expressing themselves artistically. It opens a network of creative contacts and becomes a firm base for young people to meet and develop their skills.
Lauren at NGYT said “The Hat Factory offers a central location for young people to meet in a safe space. It is an ideal opportunity for us to introduce them to the Hat District Creative Quarter and it inspires upcoming talent to make this area their home. We encourage positive relationships and the feeling of ownership of creative spaces for young people, which helps drive the creative ecology of the area for future generations.”
The Culture Trust has supported NGYT in their work as a partner organisation by helping to dismantle barriers to access, by offering scholarships enabling young people to organise their own travel funds to encourage high attendance, which encourages ambition, amplifies voices and supports well-being.
The NGYT family runs multiple groups and events throughout Luton, including a regular Meraki Dance Company, The Ménage Collective as well as a writers’ collective group, their fabulous Tale Shakers early years theatre and storytelling events, encouraging fun family interactions, music and expression.
Lauren added “It’s really important to share positivity about Luton and show our local young people that they can be successful and have a future in the creative sector. Luton gets a lot of bad publicity and that rubs off on our younger generations, who can lack self-belief and not realise how much they have to offer! We’re here to help change that mindset, to share, develop and nurture local talent here in the town. Lutonians have a passion and a drive which is enviable, and many are shocked when they first learn that they don’t have to be from London or another major town to succeed."
“This is also important for the wellbeing and mental health of our young people, to feel part of their creative community and to feel heard. We believe in the importance of community and recognise the role young people play in creating a positive legacy that will continue to serve and reward their community for generations to come.”
'Hotline' Trailer Meraki Dance Company 2022
Join the celebrations for NGYT’s 10th anniversary:
NGYT Present a double bill of original dance and theatre: Hotline by Meraki Dance Company, and Are We Nearly There Yet? by The Ménage Collective: Friday 22nd July – Saturday 23 July, 7.30pm at the Hat Factory. Book your tickets here: https://www.culturetrust.com/whats-on/ngyt-10-year-double-bill-showcase
Revel, Rave & Rhyme at the Taleshakers Birthday Party, a fun filled family focused session for children aged 0-6 years and their parents and carers: Saturday 23 July, 11am at the Hat Factory. Book your tickets here: https://www.culturetrust.com/whats-on/taleshakers-birthday-party
Were You There? Trailer (NGYT Theatre Company 2021)
Testimonials from parents/carers/ young people