Drama Classes

Drama Classes

Greenroom Classes

We have been holding Saturday morning classes for children and students aged 8-18 for nearly 50 years, in some cases attracting successive generations of the same family – and we love to welcome fresh talent.

Tutors Andrew Leggott and Lisa Debney are long-time Playhouse members, and experienced stage performers and teachers. They lead the children in games and theatrical exercises, followed by the preparation of drama scenes, usually improvised but occasionally text based. Other skills such as stage fighting, mask work and clowning are also covered.

Junior Class

The Junior Class runs from 9.30 – 10.30 am for children aged 8 – 11. This age group are blessed with very few inhibitions and throw themselves (sometimes quite literally) into all the exercises. The classes are also invaluable for the development of the shyer child, building confidence and new friendships in a freer, out of school environment.

Junior Greenroom - Summer Open Showcase July 2023

Senior Class

The Senior Class runs from 10.45–11.45 am. These 12–18 year-olds may still experience some nerves, along with the inevitable struggles of simply being teenagers, and the weekly fellowship that the Greenroom offers – new friends, learning and working together and plenty of laughter – is a refreshing oasis in the midst of school and exams.  


Many of our Junior and Senior Class students have gone on to become successful professional actors. However, you don’t have to become a star to benefit. Our Greenroom classes are invaluable in increasing confidence and self-esteem. Plus, they are great fun!

In 2023 the Senior Greenroom entered the National Theatre Connections Festival for the third time, performing the play “(Circle Dreams Around) The Terrible, Terrible Past” by Simon Longman. 22 teenagers were involved. The play was performed three times in our Wildman Studio, then once in York Theatre Royal Studio. We were then selected as one of ten out of 264 Youth Companies nationwide toperform our play in the National Theatre’s Dorfman Theatre on the South Bank in London in June this year – a completely unforgettable and enriching experience.

Senior Greenroom - "Circle Dreams" Spring 2023


Greenroom classes take place every Saturday morning during term time.

Fees are currently £50 per term, payable in advance.

This will increase to £55 per term from September 2024.

Additional siblings in the same family will still qualify for a reduction to £45 per term.

Cheques should be made payable to ILKLEY PLAYERS LTD. Cash payments may be made to the tutors.

Online payment is preferred: Yorkshire Bank, Ilkley Players Ltd, Sort Code: 05-05-30, Account Number: 35025028, with your child’s name and “GR” as the reference.

If for any reason you are unable to pay the fees for your child for a particular term, this may be discussed in confidence with the tutors.

Contact: Andrew Leggott if you wish to discuss the sessions

Email a.leggott1@btinternet.com

Telephone 01943 602014 or Mobile 07986032574

Our Greenroom Policy Document can be found here