True Colours Theatre is an inclusive theatre school for children and young people that live in the North East.
True Colours Theatre was founded in 2014 by Alisar-Jane, who is also one of our class teachers.
After Ali’s niece was diagnosed with a life-limiting condition called Tuberous Sclerosis, she was inspired to create somewhere that all children and young people could go where they could experience performing arts in an inclusive, non-judgemental and nurturing environment. The majority of our members have additional needs such as Autism, ADHD, anxiety disorders and physical and life limiting conditions and various mental health issues. We want everyone to enjoy being able to express themselves in a structured, and supportive way, without fear of judgement, or criticism, and where differences are celebrated. To our members, we are a family.
Class sessions are also a place where they can make meaningful friendships with other young people that understand and support them. We also work within the local community and educational settings delivering sensory workshops and within hospital settings delivering palliative support to children with life-limiting conditions.
Our classes are designed to build confidence and celebrate diversity in a safe and nurturing environment where our members can express themselves without fear of judgment or negativity.
We run sensory classes for those that need a more structured environment where we focus on sensory development through storytelling, music, and dance. We use lots of visual aids to encourage participation and understanding.
We also run classes for members that are interested in developing their performance skills. We teach theatre skills such as singing, dancing, improvisation, and stagecraft which helps encourage social development, teamwork, language skills, and confidence.
Saturday Classes (as at April 2021)
10 am until 11 am – Sensory Performance Class ( with use of many props, visual aids and a sensory time out area )
11.15 am until 12.15 am – Performance Class ( mixed )
12.30 pm until 1.30 pm – Teen and Young Adults Performance Class
Meadow Well Connected, Waterville Road, North Shields NE29 6BA
10 am until 11 am – Sensory Performance Class
11.15 am until 12.15 pm – Performance Class
Winlaton Community Centre, North Street NE21 6BY