THE Barn Theatre Academy has launched a new programme aimed at developing young people.

The Barn Outreach programme has been created to develop young people's person growth, self-expression and communication skills.

The Academy are inviting young people with a passion for performing arts to book a free taster workshop at the Barn Theatre next week.

At the event, the artistic director at the Barn will introduce the theatre’s outreach programme for the community.

This will be followed by a short performance and Q&A with some of the cast of The Secret Garden, currently showing at the Barn.

There will also be a full hour of learning to sing, dance and perform with the professional tutors from Barn Academy.

Iwan Lewis, artistic director at the Barn Theatre said: "We want everyone to have full access to top quality tuition, whatever their background.

"We believe that the performing arts can make a real difference in young lives today.

"Our Barn Outreach workshops will develop personal growth, self-expression and communication skills.

"We are also very keen to open up the conversation around mental health, a theme that runs through our first three productions here at the Barn."

The event has been made possible by Lumley Insurance Ltd who sponsored the programme.

Joanne Louhaichi, managing director at Lumley Insurance Ltd added: "We are delighted to be sponsoring the Barn Outreach.

"We believe in the professionalism and dedication of the team at the Barn Theatre and we are pleased to join them in this journey to support local children in achieving their goals and developing their confidence in the world."

There are only 30 places available for the taster on Tuesday April 24 between 4pm and 6pm.

Young people interested must book a place in advance by emailing

Local heads of drama are invited to register their interest for a Barn Outreach workshop at their school by calling 01285 648242.