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An account of being a Chaperone for Youth Theatre

Why the role of Chaperones is vital and why Youth Theatre is so important, by our very own PYT Head Chaperone!

'Children ‘working’ and playing in the theatre must, in law, be chaperoned. Theatre has so many benefits for young people; from language development to confidence and creative teamwork, they can develop a better understanding of the world around them - more crucial today than ever before. As a chaperone for 22 years, it has been a privilege to be part of a team enabling children and young people to find their confidence, their creativity, their emotional intelligence… to find themselves and build friendships. Working with the team that are Prologue, particularly since the restrictions of the past years, has been a joy - I have known most of them for over 20 years and the magic that they bring through work and play to the children and young people in their care is exemplary. Site specific theatre has its pleasures and pains - well Wind in the Willows (summer production 2022) is meant to be wet!! - but the warmth and friendship of the team will pull you through. Youth theatre chaperoning? You just can’t beat it!!'

- Sheila, Head Chaperone at Prologue Youth Theatre Company

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