Found in the Forest Youth Theatre

Welcome to Found in the Forest Youth Theatre! We are a vibrant, creative theatre group based in the heart of the Forest of Dean at The Wesley, Cinderford. Our mission is to provide young people with the opportunity to explore their creativity and develop their skills in the Performing Arts. We offer weekly classes for 8-12 and 13-18 year olds. We welcome all abilities from complete beginners to experienced performers. Our weekly classes are designed to help young people develop their confidence communication and performance skills as well as providing a safe and supportive environment to explore the world through theatre. We make shows, create characters, script write, devise and play to make exciting new theatre.

Current Projects

Fowl Play

Fowl Play is a devised piece that tells a story of the river Wye and how certain aspects of agriculture can impact water quality.

In the small town, the serene flow of the Wye has always been a lifeline for the community. However, the town’s idyllic charm is threatened when chicken farms set up on its outskirts. As the farm grows, so does the concern among the townspeople about the potential consequences on their beloved river.

Fowl Play challenges audiences to reflect on their own roles within larger ecological systems and consider the collective responsibility we bear for the health of our shared resources.

FOWL PLAY is being performed as part of the Wye Valley River Festival on Sunday 12th May 2024. It is free! Come and see us at 2pm.

Warren James

Nestled within the ancient woodlands of the Forest of Dean lies the legend of Warren James—a tale of courage, defiance, and the enduring bond between a community and its land. Set against the backdrop of the early 19th century, “Warren James: Guardian of the Forest” transports audiences to a time of upheaval and change as the industrial revolution encroaches upon the tranquil beauty of the forest, threatening to destroy its natural riches for profit.

Saturday 1st June – Coleford Baptist Church 2pm

Saturday 8th June- St Paul’s Chruch, Parkend 2pm

Summer Projects


Sunday 28th July – Thursday 1st August  - The Dean Heritage Centre

Are you ready to step into the shoes of giants and dream-makers?

In just 5 days, participants of all ages and backgrounds are invited to join our immersive theatrical experience bringing THE BFG to life on stage. Whether you’re an aspiring actor, a seasoned performer, or simply someone with a love for storytelling, there’s a role for everyone. Guided by experienced directors and supported by a talented team of artists, participants will dive headfirst into the whimsical world of Giant Country, where dreams are bottled, snozzcumbers are the snack of choice, and friendship knows no bounds. Through fun-filled workshops, rehearsals, and collaborative activities, you’ll learn the ins and outs of bringing Dahl’s beloved characters to life, from the gentle-hearted BFG himself to the fearsome Fleshlumpeater.

Daily 10am-4pm
10-18 year olds
Performance 5pm Thursday August 1st
£75/ Siblings £50

Why join us?

Found in the Forest provides you with a safe and creative way to express yourself,
build confidence, develop skills in collaboration and problem solving. We encourage
you to explore your creativity and imagination. We look at different topics and issues
in a safe and supportive environment. You will have the opportunity to perform to an
audience and be part of a fantastic community of people.

We meet on Saturday mornings at The Wesley in Cinderford (Belle Vue Road GL14

Juniors (8-12) 10am-12pm

Seniors (13-18) 1pm-3pm

Classes start from Saturday 11th  November 2023 and are in term time.
Cost is £3 per participant. We have a policy to include all participants so please do
get in touch if financial assistance is needed.

Abi Wright- Youth Theatre Director

Abi grew up in the Forest of Dean and was an active member of all things Drama. She trained in
Applied Theatre and Education at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has worked in
education and community theatre ever since. She has taught Drama for the last 8 years in London
and Melbourne, Australia. She lives in the Forest with her partner, 2 children, chickens and a cat and
is delighted to be back working in the place she loves best. Abi believes theatre is good for the soul
and knows that in her own youth theatre days it changed her for the better.

Please feel free – as a young person or parent/guardian – to contact Abi directly with any questions.


Youth Theatre Director: Abi Wright | Email: | Telephone/whatsapp: 07539179265

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