Mishmak Youth Theatre is an innovative theatre school for young people aged between 5 and 18 years old. It offers training and classes in singing, dance and drama on Saturdays during school term time. Our focus is on performance, we perform 2 of our own shows per year, one at Christmas and one in July. Our over 12s participate in National Theatre Connections annually.
We have also performed at the London Youth Games (Crystal Palace); the Arts Network Sutton Launch; the Sutton Christmas Lights Switch On; a video campaign for Fearless (Crimestoppers) and music videos. As part of Big Dance 2014, our younger members performed at Big Dance Bus Sutton while our older members performed (in association with Siobhan Davies Dance Studio and the National Theatre’s Watch This Space) in Routes to the River on the south bank.
We were originally based at the Secombe Theatre in Sutton when we opened in January 2010 but our quick expansion meant that we had to find a new home. We are now very happy to be based at Greenshaw High School in Sutton and Churchmead School in Datchet. Both schools provide us with excellent and plentiful rehearsal spaces, a mirrored-wall dance studio, ample parking for drop off and pick up and a lovely welcoming atmosphere.
It is also part of our arts-for-all ethos that we choose to run our rehearsals from state school premises rather than private ones. We would rather our studio hire fees went were they are most needed.
Mishmak teachers are professional actors, singers and dancers which gives the children a wonderful and unique opportunity to work with talented individuals with a real insight into the worlds of theatre, television and music. The staff are active professionals who have valid and current experience. This mixture of teaching staff is something else that makes us unique and ensures that the young people who attend are getting relevant and current skills passed on to them.
Mishmak’s company mission and vision is that we allow every single child the opportunity to grow and shine. There are no favourites. This is very different from a lot of stage schools, where they basically pick their favourites (normally children with the most ability already) and then everyone else has to wait for a chorus number! Our aim is to build a supportive community in which we encourage our members to be brave and to show one another complete support.
We look to nurture talent; self confidence; public speaking; pride; social and spacial awareness; self esteem; respect and respectful behaviour; encourage the pursuit of dreams; realise individual goals; work as part of a team; create a safe and happy environment; examine and explore emotions, objectives and motivations; fitness, wellbeing and learning through active fun.
The arts are for everyone. Come and join us.