on the road

On The Road

The LBT is more than just a building. We like to extend the reach and range of our creative provision to all corners of our Kirklees home. We can be found popping up in schools, community centres and celebration events right across Kirklees. We develop local partnerships and deliver everything from Play in a Week projects and drama groups to circus skills, music and storytelling.


Our Community Engagement team can currently be found in…



With the support of funding from Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, we have set up a Drama Club at Windybank Community Centre. Each week, young people work with professional tutors to build confidence and develop drama skills in a fun, creative environment.


Thanks to funding from Integrated Youth Support Services, we have been able to engage with young people from Fieldhead in Birstall. We have run weekly sessions which cover a wide range of performing arts activities…from shadow puppetry to Shakespeare. We have seen some wonderful moments of creativity and resourcefulness, some excellent displays of skill, talent and improvement, and some beautiful examples of kindness, team-work and caring. One young participant said...


‘I love coming to Drama, and I look forward to it all week.’

Fieldhead Drama Club Participant




 ‘In the future I want to express myself to the world with pride. Art will help me because I want to act’

Year 5 student from St Paulinus Primary School


Dewsbury We recently wrapped up our Take Centre Stage project in Dewsbury West. Thanks to a three-year Reaching Communities grant from the BIG Lottery Fund, we worked with community groups and schools in Dewsbury West to deliver a whole range of creative activities. Over 2,000 young people expressed themselves creatively with over 10,000 attendances to clubs, groups and projects.

‘I had so much fun because it makes my heart get energy. Your heart needs energy so you can get better performances and it takes all your nervous away. In the future I want to be a footballer but I will remember art

Year 5 student from Westmoor Primary School, Dewsbury


We worked closely with local schools and groups and developed meaningful partnerships:


‘Many kids were shy and reserved at the start, but they kept coming back every week and were very confident by the end’

Sophie, Support Worker, SET3 drama group


‘They definitely helped us meet our aims of helping children develop language and communication skills through rhythm and rhyme’

Karen Ecclestone, Manager, Ravensthorpe Community Centre Nursery


‘The project has boosted children’s confidence, given them enjoyment and excitement and encouraged team work. It’s also helped them develop empathy’

Roxanna Drake, Head Teacher, St Paulinus Catholic Primary School


Have a read of our Take Centre Stage Evaluation Report here.


Creative Learning Partnership

Since 2014 the Lawrence Batley Theatre has run Creative Learning Partnerships with local schools. We have made links with students and teachers across a range of activities, including:


• Students attending professional productions at the theatre

• Students participating in tours and drama workshops at the LBT

• Students exhibiting original visual artwork at the LBT

• LBT hosting INSET training with the Royal Shakespeare Company

• LBT Marketing staff training students to promote a Shakespeare festival

LBT artists sharing feedback on students’ performance work

• LBT staff supporting mock interview panels


We have enjoyed getting to know schools better, and the work has been having a very positive impact. If your school would be interested in developing a relationship with the LBT, please contact Rose Condo (Head of Community Engagement) on rose@thelbt.org or 01484 484458.


Please click here for info on our Primary Creative Learning Partnership

Please click here for info on our Secondary Creative Learning Partnership


Where else have we worked? 


Batley: IYSS funding has supported drama and arts initiatives in Young Batley Centre and Birstall Library. We ran a drop in activity project in both venues where young people were given a taste of circus skills, music, mask making and puppetry. We also popped up at Batley Festival, where young people designed magical shoes inspired by our pantomime production of CINDERELLA.


Cinderella Shoe 1Cinderella Shoe


Golcar: We were commissioned by Communities United Project to run drama sessions with young people from three Golcar schools to help build confidence and support making positive life choices.


Moldgreen: Our Play in a Week project with Moldgreen United Reform Church had young people aged 8-12 exploring their local history through storytelling and drama as well as gathering oral histories from elder members of their community.


Ashbrow: We partnered with the Deighton and Brackenhall Initiative to deliver a three year creative arts project called Take Centre Stage that involved over 1,600 participants. Our relationship with schools and community groups in the area continues through consultation, networking and opportunities for partnership.


Pakistani Youth Forum: We ran drama programming with young people from PYF and have coordinated several trips to shows at the LBT.


If your group would be interested in developing a relationship with the LBT, please contact Rose Condo (Head of Community Engagement) on rose@thelbt.org or 01484 484458.




Big Lottery FundKirklees Council

 Kira's Story

 Kira Hargreaves

 Project Participant


Kira is 15 and lives in Batley. She first found out about activities for young people at the LBT through a youth club she attends every Saturday where she was told that auditions were taking place for a production of The Jungle Book. Even though Kira had never done any drama before, she thought she'd like to try it out.


'It sounded like a change and something fun to do. I just wanted to give it a go, so I went to the audition.'


Even though she didn't know any of the other people involved, and felt shy at the start, she eventually made new friends. Kira said she'd enjoyed working with a professional director and being pushed to be the best they could.


'I was scared at first, because I'd not done anything like that before, on stage, in front of loads of people but I really liked it.'


Since The Jungle Book, Kira has taken part in several other creative productions. She secured a work placement at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, and became a peer mentor for younger children at a drama club close to her home.


'I want to give other people what I've been given.'


Kira talks about how it's good to concrentrate, work hard and achieve things. She is now a regular member of the LBT Young Company.


'I'm proud of myself, and I'm thankful to the people who've given me these opportunities.'