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South London Youth Theatre

CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT
South London Youth Theatre offers extra-curricular performing arts classes and workshops to any child of school attending age. We therefore have a responsibility to reflect and uphold in our work and our ethos, the standards and policies of the schools attended by our students for their normal schooling, in every aspect of child safeguarding.
The safety and welfare of our students is of paramount importance. SLYT aims to create at all times a safe space for children and young people to be themselves, and to flourish through the practice of the performing arts.  SLYT leaders support students by encouraging self-esteem, self-confidence and independence.
All South London Youth Theatre teachers undergo enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) checks, and no adult working with or delivering any aspect of SLYT’s work can do so without providing evidence of this.
Every SLYT activity is overseen by a qualified first aider who also conducts regular risk assessments of the working environment. The course attended by our first aider is a Full Paediatric First Aid Course, which complies with the Department for Education / EYFS requirments.
South London Youth Theatre holds full public and employers liability insurance, which is valid in any venue we visit or use.

The purpose of this policy statement is:

  • to protect children and young people who receive South London Youth Theatre’s services from harm.

  • to provide staff, as well as children and young people and their families, with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.

This policy applies to anyone working for and/or on behalf of SLYT.

We believe that:

children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind

we have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe and to practice in a way that protects them.

We recognise that:

  • the welfare of children is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take

  • all children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse

  • some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues

  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, careers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

  • valuing, listening to and respecting them

  • appointing a nominated child protection lead for children and young people

  • adopting child protection and safeguarding best practice through our policies, procedures and code of conduct for staff

  • recruiting and selecting staff safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made

  • recording, storing and using information professionally and securely, in line with data protection legislation and guidance

  • using our safeguarding and child protection procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know

  • using our procedures to manage any allegations against our children, young people, staff and representatives appropriately

  • creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise

  • ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place

  • ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people and staff, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance

  • building a safeguarding culture where staff, children and young people treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns.

If an SLYT teacher has concerns about a student or if a student makes a direct disclosure the following advice must be followed:

Listen carefully and keep an open mind. Do not attempt to decide if abuse has taken place or not.

Keep calm. Keep your responses to the pupil calm and reassuring, even if they are telling you distressing or shocking information

Never guarantee secrecy or confidentiality. Explain to the student that to make sure they are safe you will need to speak to others to help you

Never ask leading questions. You must not ask leading questions or cross question the student. Let the student tell you what he/she wants to and do not press for more. Too much questioning may prejudice later investigations or cause the child to become anxious and retract his/her information.

Do not attempt to investigate matters further. Your role is to listen, record and report your concerns to the DSL.

Do not attempt any examination or remove a student’s clothes to look further at an injury. Under no circumstances should photographs be taken of a pupil’s injury.

Be aware that younger students may disclose issues of a safeguarding nature in general conversations rather than as a specific disclosure. Children who are affected by abuse or neglect may also demonstrate their needs and distress without specific concrete evidence through their words, actions, behaviour, demeanour, written work, art work or through other children.

There may also be concerns raised about a parent’s interaction with a student or issues such as parental alcohol misuse, domestic violence or mental health.

If there is any concern at all, this must be reported to the DSL and recorded. In many safeguarding cases it is not one major incident which triggers a referral but a series of seemingly more minor events. It is therefore crucial that all concerns are recorded and reported to the DSL without delay.

If any SLYT student or parent/guardian of an SLYT student has any concerns about an SLYT teacher, this should be reported immediately in writing.

Contact details:

Head of Safeguarding
Name:
Spencer James
Email:
[email protected]

South London Youth Theatre seeks to uphold the policies and values of the venues we hire. In the event that any enquiry or complaint is not resolved fully by contacting the DSL of SLYT, we would recommend contacting any of the following:

Southwark Council LADO

Eva Simcock Telephone020 7525 0689
Southwark Council MASH team Telephone

020 7525 1921

020 7525 5000 (out of hours)

email: [email protected]

St Faiths CentreDesignated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) SALLY ANN HODGE Principal of Dulwich Ballet School and trustee of St Faiths Community & Youth Association. [email protected]

07958 753883

St Faiths Centre

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

ALEX BICKNELL

St Faiths Centre Safeguarding Team & Centre Manager

[email protected]

This document was first created in February 2010 and most recently updated in February 2021.

 

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SUMMER WORKSHOPS 2021

The SLYT SENIOR SUMMER WORKSHOP culminates in a fully staged production of IN THE HEIGHTS.  We invite all interested students to apply for the course now.  In the very unlikely case of cancellation, SLYT will refund any audition fees.

HOW DO I AUDITION FOR A PLACE?

The auditions will take place on Sunday 13th JUNE 2021 from 2.00pm – 7.00pm.  You will be required to attend the full workshop.

Please complete the SENIOR APPLICATION FORM on the SLYT website and submit as soon as possible and prior to the audition.

Once your application is submitted you will receive a confirmation e-mail requesting payment of £25 for the audition workshop.

The audition venue is confirmed upon receipt of both your Application and payment.

 

WHAT FORM DOES THE AUDITION TAKE?

Our auditions take the form of a workshop in three stages: Singing, then Movement/dance, finishing with an Acting/character workshop. You will audition in groups for the SLYT Production team as well as guest panelists from the West End.

The audition is designed to be challenging and fun, in a very encouraging and supportive environment!

 

DO I NEED TO PREPARE ANYTHING FOR MY AUDITION?

You will need to prepare a musical theatre song of your choice and provide piano sheet music for this song.

It should be a maximum of 3 minutes duration, and any cuts should be clearly marked for our accompanist.

 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

Bring piano sheet music for your chosen song for the accompanist. (No backing tracks or unaccompanied singing please).

Bring also a bottle of water and a packed lunch/snack for the breaks.

You may wish to bring a change of clothes for the dance audition, and wear something more appropriate for the more formal Singing and Acting workshops.  This may help you present your character.

 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

You will be notified by letter within 10 days of the audition.

If you accept your place and role within the company you will need to obtain a parents signature to confirm your acceptance and also send a deposit to secure your place.  This will be outlined in your acceptance letter.

 

WHEN DOES THE WORKSHOP AND PRODUCTION TAKE PLACE?

The course takes place from Monday 9th – Friday 13th August, then resumes on Monday 16th – Saturday 21st August 2021, from 10am to 6pm every day, except for production days on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st August, when call times reflect the performances.  The 2 final shows are at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday 21st August 2016.

Full commitment to all of the 11 days is required.  Please do not submit an application if you are not able to commit to the full workshop.

All rehearsals take place at St Faiths Centre, Red Post Hill, Dulwich, SE24 9JQ and all technical rehearsals and performances take place at the performance venue.

 

IF I AM SELECTED FOR THE SLYT COMPANY, HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

The cost of the 2-week workshop is £345 per student and this includes all tuition, costumes, props and an allocation of free tickets for the performances of the show.

 

GUIDELINES FOR AUDITIONEES.

Places in the company and roles within the production will be allocated based on the merit of your audition.

No prior commitment or attendance at South London Youth Theatre will be taken into account when making casting decisions.

 

FUNDED PLACES

In the past SLYT has been very pleased to offer 4 fully funded places for the 2018 and 2019 SENIOR SUMMER WORKSHOP.  These full bursaries, made possible by the generosity and support of THE SONDHEIM SOCIETY were awarded following successful auditions.  Students and families wishing to be considered for any funding similar to the Sondheim Society bursary should apply through this website and attend the workshop audition in 2021.  Updates on funded places for 2021 will be made public as soon as we have confirmation.

Douglas Hansell

Musical Director & Singing Teacher

Douglas is currently appearing in the Australian tour of Come From Away as Kevin T.  Prior to this he worked with Australia’s flagship Sydney Theatre Company in the political satire, De Ja Revue. More local work in the past year includes The Killer Beside Me (October Films), Manhattan Parisienne (The Other Palace) Thirty Three (Leicester Square Theatre), and Beauty and the Beast (Regal Theatre, Worcestershire)

Other theatre credits include Titanic (Charing Cross Theatre), When Blair Had Bush and Bunga (Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh), A Doll’s House (Seymour Centre, Sydney), Open For Business (Sydney Theatre Company), Going Bush (Bush Theatre London), Oedipus Rex (Sydney Festival), Freud’s Last Session (Sydney’s Theatre Royal), Macbeth, The Importance of Being Earnest, Lady Windamere’s Fan (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), Neighbourhood Watch, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt (Ensemble Theatre), Emily Eyefinger (Monkey Baa Theatre Company), The Temperamentals (New Theatre), The Cold Child (Griffin Theatre Co.), Actors At Work (Bell Shakespeare Co).

Film and television credits include The Silent (Lightning Oak Productions), The Ghost of Cassley (ZDF), Critical (SkyUK), Home and Away (Channel 7, Australia), Underbelly (UBB Productions), All Saints (Channel 7, Australia), Failure To Thrive (Nicky Bentham), Critical (Sky UK), Tell Me How You See The Sky (Palmer Productions), The Code (ABC, Australia), 36 Squad (Breakaway TV).

As a teacher, Doug has worked with SLYT, Urdang Academy, Mountview, City Academy and Associated Studios. He is also the director of the City Academy Collective Chorus.

Training: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

Daisy Horan

Production Designer & Dance Teacher

Daisy started as an SLYT student back in 2013 appearing in Hairspray, The Wiz and Les Miserables in 2015.  After studying performing arts at University she has grown and honed her craft as a designer and choreographer and she is the first SLYT student to progress to the team of teachers.

She has worked with Off The Middle, Crooked Tree Theatre and Taxi Man Productions and more as a set & costume designer, hair & makeup artist and performer. She also runs her freelance design business alongside teaching weekly at South London Youth Theatre.  For SLYT Daisy has taken creative control of the set design for The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, make-up and hair for Edward Scissorhands, and she also created the enchanted object costumes for our production of Beauty and the Beast.

JON ROBYNS

PATRON & WORKSHOP LEADER

Jon is currently playing the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables in the West End, having recently reigned as King George in the West End production of Hamilton.

“I am thrilled to support the work of SLYT and look forward to working with the students myself in the future!”

His stage credits include: Robbie Hart in The Wedding Singer (UK Tour); Eddie in Sister Act (UK Tour); Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde (Curve Theatre, Leicester); Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Alternate Huey in Memphis (Shaftesbury Theatre); Adam Nehemiah in Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios); Jamie in The Last Five Years (Greenwich Theatre); Galahad in Spamalot (Harold Pinter and Playhouse Theatres); Hollis in Road Show (Menier Chocolate Factory); Enjolras in Les Miserablés (Queen’s Theatre); Marius in Les Miserablés (Queen’s Theatre), Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q (Noel Coward Theatre); Mark in Rent (English Theatre Frankfurt); Alternate Chris in Miss Saigon (UK tour).

Recording: Memphis (Original London Cast), Solo Album ‘Open Book’ (Curtain Records); Enjolras in Les Miserablés 25th Anniversary

Jon trained at Mountview Academy of Performing Arts.

Katharine Woolley

Associate Musical Director & Founder Musical Director

Katharine trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at The Royal Academy of Music.  She is currently working on the Netflix film adaptation of Matilda, having previously been the Children’s Musical Director for the RSC production in London’s West End.  Most recently Katharine was the Musical Director for Waitress, West End.  Previously to this she was Assistant Conductor for The Jersey Boys, West End, as well as playing keyboards for the show. Other work includes Avenue Q (West end), Beauty and the Beast (UK tour) and CATS (Arena tour). Katharine established her own theatre school, Stage By Stage Theatre Arts, based in South-west London alongside teaching singing at many local theatre schools including South London Youth Theatre.

For SLYT Katharine was Musical Director on our productions of Fame, Hairspray, The Wiz, Les Miserables and The Lion King.

Kate Cohen

Drama Teacher/Director and Infant Performing Arts Leader

 

Kate has been teaching at SLYT since 2015 and has loved every minute. She has Directed all of our Junior Summer Workshops including The Lion King, Matilda, Beauty and the Beast and Oliver! and she is the creator and founder of our Infant Performing arts class.  Kate teaches drama to all of our main school students and has directed our students in The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe.

Having trained as an actress at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Kate spent many years working as an actor playing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Catford Broadway Theatre, working with Creation Theatre Company and appearing in The Hired Man, in the Brits off Broadway season in New York.  Whilst acting she worked extensively as a teacher before deciding to focus solely on teaching when she started a family.

Kate’s favourite thing about teaching drama is encouraging students to work as an ensemble, which is at the heart of SLYT’s work.

Joe Hood

Associate Musical Director

 

Based in London, Joe works with an array of theatre companies, performing arts schools and composers, as a musical director, arranger, pianist, keyboard/accordion player and audition accompanist.

Productions include: Sweeney Todd (South London Youth Theatre), Peter Pan (Plymouth Theatre Royal), A Christmas Carol (Simply Theatre, Geneva), The Addams Family (UK Tour), The Mother Life (Showcase at Wyndham’s Theatre), Rent (UK Tour & St James Theatre), The Red Shoes (Sadler’s Wells), Exposure (St James Theatre), Anything Can Happen (RWCMD), Into the Woods (RWCMD), Top Hat (Tour of UK & Japan), Rock of Ages (UK Tour), Legally Blonde (UK Tour), Mamma Mia (International Tour), Rent (RWCMD), Oliver! (Simply Theatre, Geneva), And The World Goes ‘Round (RWCMD), Unilever: People Are Beautiful (The Roundhouse), The Martyr (Soho Theatre), Godspell (Simply Theatre, Geneva), 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic), Mr Stink (UK Tour), Christmas With The Stars (BFM, Geneva), Boogie Nights (Wyvern Theatre, Swindon), Ed (Edinburgh Fringe), Children of Eden (The Arden), Sleeping Beauty (Unicorn Theatre), Raindogs (Trafalgar Studios), A Spoonful of Stiles & Drewe (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Notes In Heels (Duchess Theatre), Myths & Hymns (The Finborough), My Fair Lady (Larnaca, Cyprus), Bugsy Malone (Orbit Studio, Cardiff). As a dep keyboard player: 42nd Street (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Annie (Piccadilly Theatre), Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre), Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre & UK Tour), Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre), Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre), and Me & My Girl (UK Tour).

Recording credits include: Strange Interlude (NT Lyttelton Theatre), The Winslow Boy (Old Vic/AA Theatre, Broadway), Confused.com Adverts (Angel Studios), and Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndham’s Theatre).

Joe graduated from Trinity College of Music (London) in 2008 with a 1st class BMus (Hons) degree. He specialised in piano, musical direction, arrangement and music technology.

 

EAMONN O’DWYER

Musical Director & Singing Teacher

 

Eamonn is a highly sought after British composer and has been working with SLYT at our weekly classes since 2011.  An Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, he has worked as a musician in theatres all over the world.  As a composer he has written original music for Mrs Beeton Says… (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School);  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (NYMT, The Other Palace); The Comedy of Errors (RSC, UK Tour);  Flesh & Bone (National Theatre Studio); One Voice (Old Vic); Julius Caesar Re-imagined (RSC, Swan); Grimm Tales & Peter Pan (Chichester Festival Theatre); Improbable Fiction (Mill at Sonning); Hansel & Gretel, Alice in Winterland, The Wind in the Willows, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, A Christmas Carol, HamletTess of the d’Urbervilles & Arabian Nights (Rose Theatre, Kingston); Three Sunrises (St James Theatre RE:act); The House of Mirrors & Hearts & The Man Who Was Thursday (Arcola Theatre); A Flea in Her Ear (Tabard Theatre); Stones in his Pockets (Dukes, Lancaster); Five Children & It (Tristan Bates); Portia Coughlan (Old Red Lion); Around the World in Eighty Days, Sherlock Holmes & The Glass Menagerie (Chipping Norton Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing ​(Stockholm English Speaking Theatre);  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Barakura Festival Theatre, Japan); The Massacre ​​(Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds); Liquorice & Smokerings ​​(New Wolsey, Ipswich); and Frankenstein (Dorset Corset Theatre Company).

 

The score for his original musical The House of Mirrors & Hearts won the MTM Award for Best New Score at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010, and after its critically acclaimed run at the Arcola Theatre in 2015, received its US premiere in July 2016.

BEN LEVY

Musical Director & Singing Teacher

Ben read Music at The University of York before graduating with his MA in Musical Direction from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. As a musical director, he has worked extensively in theatre including musical theatre, opera and pantomime. As a choral director, he conducted Military Wives Choir, York, Harmonize Contemporary Choir and Park Grove Children’s Choir for four years, also serving as Guest Musical Director for Easingwold Singers and BBC York In Harmony. In 2019, Ben was engaged as Musical Director for BBC Children in Need, conducting the children’s choir at Hintze Hall, The Natural History Museum, and is looking forward to working with them again for their next season.

As a teacher, he has experience teaching for a wide range of drama colleges, recently including Emil Dale Academy (EDA), Momentum Theatre Arts Academy (MPAA), Italia Conti, City Academy, PQA College, London, Bodens College of Performing Arts, SLP College and SLP Junior Academy (Head of Singing). He currently holds roles as Musical Director/Singing Teacher for Spirit Young Performers’ Company (SYPC) and South London Youth Theatre (SLYT) and has been Artistic Director for Riverside MT Summer School for Ulster University since 2016. When not conducting or teaching, Ben enjoys engagements as a singer, pianist and music examiner. 
MD CREDITS: Godspell (50th Anniversary Production, Off-West End), The Music Of James Bond – And More! (Germany Tour),  Feel It Like A Man – Musical Supervisor/Composer (Action To The Word), West End Misfits (The Other Palace), Sweet Charity (Playhouse Theatre, Hitchin), The World Goes Round (Camp Baco, USA), Mozart! (Catalyst Festival), Sleeping BeautyCinderella (Imagine Theatre Ltd), Underneath The Arches (Plowright Theatre), It’s Showtime!Another Op’nin’ Another Show (Grand Opera House, York), The Selfish Giant (Composer/MD) (workshop), Kiss Me KatePippin (SLP College), Lizzie and the Dark (Opera Schmopera), Songs For A New World (Orillo Studios)

AS ASSISTANT MDMy Favorite Year, Death Takes A Holiday, Crazy For You, Fiddler On The Roof, Brass (Mountview), The Piper of Hamelin (National Youth Music Theatre)

OTHER CREDITSThe Sound of Music (Cyprus Production) – Rehearsal Pianist

 

Spencer James

Artistic Director

Spencer established SLYT in 2010.  Prior to this he taught drama and led the Musical Theatre performance troupe at Stagecoach Dulwich for over 3 years, and taught drama at Jasspa, leading the Infant and Advanced Drama classes for over 7 years.  More recently Spencer was thrilled to lead the Infant Performance Arts classes at Herne Hill School.  Whilst still working as a professional actor, Spencer Directed and Choreographed youth productions in Bangkok, New York and across the UK.  Today, and leaving little time for other ventures, SLYT attracts 200 students to its weekly classes, which lead to 6 full-scale productions each year at theatres across London.

Spencer trained as an actor at the GSA Conservatoire and at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, gaining his B A Honours degree in 2003.

Professional theatre credits in London include The Scarecrow in The Wiz, Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie, Genie of The Lamp in Aladdin and Satan in Jerry Springer The Opera.

Spencer created the role of Shere Khan in a new musical adaptation of The Jungle Book, written by Richard Taylor and also played Billy Flynn in Chicago, touring Europe.

Television credits include Casualty, Doctors, Berkeley Square and Archie in Love In A Cold Climate, all for the BBC.

Uniform Guide

Your child’s South London Youth Theatre T-SHIRT should form part of the SLYT uniform to include:

BLACK bottoms (leggings/tracksuit bottoms/stretchy trousers)
BLACK daps/Jazz shoes/Trainers
(Please do not send your child to class in any of the following:
flip flops/sandals/birkenstocks/heavy shoes/boots/Dr Martins/Ugg Boots. These items are not appropriate for the activity).

SLYT branded T-shirt.
Uniform should be worn to EVERY SLYT class (except Wednesday Senior Drama)

Girls should never wear dresses or skirts to any class as this is not practical for movement and leads to girls having to sit out of exercises.

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Consent Form for Photography at South London Youth Theatre

Still photography and videography are core facets of the performing arts. South London Youth Theatre (SLYT) commissions photography for rehearsals, performances and back stage preparations. These images are used in print, on our website and our social media profiles for SLYT publicity purposes.  They are a mandatory part of SLYT.  They will never be used out of context or by an unauthorised third party. Photographs may continue to be used after a student leaves SLYT.

To comply with Data Protection regulations, we require written consent to this for all students as follows:

By completing this form you grant full rights to use the images resulting from  photography / video filming to SLYT, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for publicity or other purposes to help achieve SLYT’s aims.

Acceptance of this is essential for SLYT membership.

If any student or parent does NOT wish their images to be used in future publicity please contact Spencer James to discuss.

Additional information that you may wish to know:

  1. Images will be held in accordance with Data Protection regulations.
  2. Students’ names will not be attached to photographs without consent.
  3. Parents may ask to see SLYT’s photography agreement

 
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