A Palace Youth Theatre member, who has just received an unconditional offer for her chosen university, is encouraging other youngsters across the borough to get involved with the group.

Becky Exley, who joined PYT in 2011, was offered an unconditional place to De Montfort University this week to study Drama starting in September and believes that the group has helped her achieve her goals and gain confidence.

Becky has been involved in stage productions with the group and has played roles including the Genie in Aladdin and the “Beast’s Maid” in the RSC version of Beauty and the Beast. She has also helped in the production of various shows as assistant director and stage manager. This experience has helped Becky achieve her goals and she is now encouraging other young people to get involved with the group too.

Becky said: “Over the last 8 years, PYT has helped me to be more confident, creative and develop and learn new skills. I’ve been given opportunities and I was able to play dream roles, such as Disney’s Genie, that I never thought I’d have. As well as being on the stage, I was introduced to stage managing and fell in love with doing it. It’s because of PYT that I now want to learn more about this and potentially do more in the future.

“I believe that it is because of the confidence and skills PYT has given me that I was able to secure a place at my top choice university to go on and study later this year. The staff are absolutely brilliant and will push you so that you can achieve and reach your full potential. To join the youth theatre was the best decision I’ve ever made.”

The PYT sessions include Rise and Shine for 5-8 year olds, On Stage for 8-18 year olds (main performance group), Out There for 8-18 year olds (focus on core skills and learning in depth drama techniques) and AIM for 16 – 30 year old young adults with learning disabilities.

Young performers aged 8 to 18, looking for something to keep them busy in the summer holidays can also take a trip down a rabbit hole, join in with the mad-hatter’s tea party and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts by signing up for the Palace Youth Theatre’s two week summer school, Alice in Wonderland.

More details about each session, including prices, are available at

Liz Tabberer, Youth Theatre and Arts Officer, said: “We are very proud of Becky and whilst we’ll be sad to see her go, we wish her every success for her future at University. The Youth Theatre isn’t just about getting up on stage. Whether they are 5 of 15, the youth theatre helps children develop skills, team work, confidence, creativity, focus, determination and problem-solving which are all transferrable to the wider world.”

To sign your child up to PYT sessions call the box office on 01527 65203 or fill in the online query form at

For more information contact Lizzi Tabberer at