RYT join forces with The Rhythm and Shoes Dance Academy to deliver IDTA Acting Awards

Richmondshire Youth Theatre are very excited to be working alongside The Rhythm and Shoes Dance Academy to support the creativity of our joint members.  As a result we can now offer  Acting Awards via tge  International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA).  While not compulsory, this is a great opportunity for those interested in gaining a recognised acting qualification. 

The Rhythm and Shoes Dance Academy are an award winning, family run Dance Academy with studios on the Gallowfields Trading Estate in Richmond. Their principal, Mrs Hazel Richmond, attended Royal Academy Ballet lessons from the age of 3 ,in addition to Tap & Modern lessons, at age 16,  she began a full-time Dance Teacher training course at the North of England College of Dance, where she was coached by International Royal academy Examiner Miss Gillian Quinn (MBE).  Mrs Richmond also has a passion for Musical Theatre and is a full acting member of Darlington Operatics.  Along with her 2 daughters qualified Dance Teachers Louise and Hannah,  they deliver weekly dance classes across all dance styles including Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Street, Acrobatics, Mini Movers & Musical Theatre.  They are delighted to have recently welcomed Elliot Allinson to their team, Elliot trained at the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School and Urdang Academy in London.  Elliot has performed in several West End Musicals and touring productions including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Sound of Music and Oliver! and Matilda. For further information about The Rhythm and Shoes Dance Academy please click on the link below:-

Corona Virus Update

Due to Coronavirus Richmondshire Youth Theatre remains CLOSED to in person workshops.  We are now running online sessions for our members.   We are reviewing the situation regularly and will share updated information here and on our Facebook and Instagram pages.  We will also email our members with regular updates.      If members have a new email address please let us know.

Our Dales Inspired Back Drop Gets a Home at the Dales Countryside Museum

65826075_2400909320197289_340570264959975424_nA hand made show backdrop has been given a home in the Dales Countryside Museum.  The backdrop showing a view towards Grinton in Swaledale was made by our talented volunteers Lesley Stevenson, Gillian Shaw and Delphine Cross as a centre piece for our recent production Last Dance of a Dalesman by Nobby Dimon.  The Show performed to sell out audiences at the museum in May and at Richmond in June as part of our Dales Inspired Drama Project.  The volunteers stood to receive applause from an appreciative audience at the Richmond performance, when we announced that the museums manager Fiona Rosher wanted to place the backdrop on display.  It took our volunteers 8 months to create the backdrop and this is a wonderful ongoing Legacy for the Project.  With thanks to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authorities Sustainable Development Fund for funding the project and the Dales Countryside Museum for supporting it.

A Joint Graduation Ceremony for Our Two Past Pupils at East 15 Acting School

Past pupils Lewis Hayes and Alex Rowe have  both graduated during the same ceremony from the prestigious East 15 Acting School.   East 15 Acting School is Top of the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide for Drama.   Past Pupil Oliver Harradine has also graduated from Falmouth Univerity’s School of Film and Television and Rachel Waters has Graduated from Nottingham University with a language degree .  We are so proud of you all.

The Dales Inspired Drama Project is a Sell-Out Success

Since October 2018 ryt’s young people have been learning about the social history of the Dales.  The Dales Inspired Drama Project was inspired by our pupil Thomas Chandler who, in March 2018, gave a presentation at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes, about his play The Miners of Lead.  Thomas impressed the staff who were eager to work with us further.  The project enabled our pupil Connie Fairhurst to write her play Bedpans and Bayonets and some of our senior’s to write and record a modern Dales Knitting song for the museums new interactive displays.   The project productions Last Dance of a Dalesman by Nobby Dimon, Bedpans and Bayonets, The Miners of Lead and The Evacuees, all performed to sell out audiences at Richmond’s Methodist Church and the Countryside Museum between may and July.    The project came to a close on July 6th when our members delivered Dales Character Performances in the museums galleries for it’s visitors.    We are grateful to the  Yorkshire Dales National Park Authorities Sustainable Development Fund for providing us with the required funding and to the Dales Countryside Museum for their support.


Playwright Nobby Dimon Delivers Master Classes at ryt.


Nobby Dimon gave master classes to the cast of his play Last Dance of a Dalesman during April.  It was amazing to for the cast to gain the writers perspective on his script and to see their performances mature as a result.   Last Dance of a Dalesman, Richmondshire Community Play,  premiered on June 16th 2005 at  Middleham Castle and toured to five outside venues with a joint cast and crew from North Country Theatre and the local community, including  some of ryt’s past pupils.   Nobby also presented the annual ryt awards for Outstanding Contribution to Youth Theatre.

RYT’s Sell out production raises £200.00 for Tree Festival Charities


‘The Drummer Boy at Christmas’ by the ryt mentor writing team,  performed to a sell out crowd at the Richmond Methodist Church on December 7th 2018 raising £200.00 for the Church Tree Festival Charities.  Councillor Stuart Parsons, who perfomed a cameo part in the play said “The cast, crew and writers worked incredibly hard to create the production and deserved the event to be such a success.  Raising £200.00 for charity  was a fantastic outcome”.   Mrs Ash greatfully received the donation on behalf of the Tree Festival the next morning.

Richmondshire District Council’s Leader Visits RYT after Providing us with Funding.

42164675_862575437199779_6414259577532973056_nWe are pleased to have received funding from Richmondshire District Councils Small Business Grant Scheme.  This has helped us to purchase a new PA system and lots of new learning resources.  The Small Business Grant Scheme has now closed for applications this year having made another 45 awards totalling £38,000.  “This scheme offers small grants that can make a big difference to businesses around Richmondshire,” said Council Leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock (who is pictured with members of the group). “I am looking forward to see more of the excellent shows produced by this talented group of young people.”   For the full press release visit:



RYT gain funding for a Dales Inspired Drama Project

Back in March 2018, our pupil Thomas Chandler gave a fantastic presentation at the Dales Countryside Museum about his play ‘The Miners of Lead’. This presentation inspired the creation of our ‘Dales Drama Project’. Suported by the Dales Countryside Museum, this project will provide our members with many different performance experiences within the museum and at Richmond, including the creation of sound recordings for the museum’s new interactive displays. The project will include two performances of the Richmondshire community play ‘Last Dance of a Dalesman’ by the talented Nobby Dimon of North Country Theatre.

We are pleased this project has received funding from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund. This fund is open to individuals, businesses, community groups or voluntary sector bodies. It provides an accessible source of money for a range of projects that result in positive benefits for the National Park’s environment, economy and communities, while enhancing and conserving local culture, wildlife and landscape.


On 13th October we took our middle and senior members to the Dales Countryside Museum to research the dales social history. This research will underpin their upcoming auditions and performances.

Ryt members Attend a Workshop by Professional Actor Mark Cronfield

On the 29th of April some of our middle and senior members worked with talented actor Mark Cronfield on a workshop based on Homers Odyssey.

Mark’s professional credits include The National Theatre, TV’s Brookside and extensive tours with many theatre company’s including our local, talented North Country Theatre. We are thankful to Mark for delivering such a fantastic workshop and to Councillor Karin Sedgwick and North Yorkshire County Council for providing our young people with full funding for this project.