Welcome to Gobo Theatre Foundation

Jenny Whitehead as Lesley in Alan Bennett's Her Big ChanceHannah Brooks and Henry Bays in John Godber's TeechersCharlie Walsh and Henry Bays in John Godber's TeechersCharlie Walsh, Hannah Brooks and Henry Bays in John Godber's TeechersAlexander Hopwood as Graham in Alan Bennett's A Chip in the Sugar

Gobo Theatre Foundation is a charity created to help support, mentor and inspire young people in the theatrical arts with a focus on ensuring that opportunities are not only available to those who can afford it. Read more»

We work to ensure young artists are paid for what they do, rather than having to follow the no/lo-pay path which carries with it the need for financial support from family. We also believe the skills learnt in the theatre are invaluable to young people. Problem solving, creativity, communication, team working, confidence are vital to any workplace, home or social situation so we run a youth theatre for children where they are involved in all aspects of the production, not just performing to help them learn these transferable skills. We therefore subsidise some young people from low income families to take part in our youth theatre programme. The arts should be open to all, not just those that can afford it. We use an experienced team of industry professionals, a combination of volunteers and employed, as well as having to hire space and buy materials for productions. In order to provide this at low or no cost to those who wouldn't otherwise have this opportunity, we need support ourselves to help fund that. Putting Young Talent Centre Stage.

Take part in a theatre school run by a professional theatre company with a love of fostering young talent.


New term starting soon! We're starting with a free taster session on 24th September. We'd love to welcome any new faces with any level of experience (including none!)

Be completely immersed in the making of a show. Not only a brilliant way to learn how to act, sing and dance but design costumes, make props, build sets and create a production along with an experienced team.

Saturdays 10am-12:30pm

Ages 7-21

Chilton Village Hall

Prices vary depending on family income.

>£40,000 - £200/term

£30-40,000 - £150/term

£20-30,000 - £100/term

<£20,000 - £50/term


To book a place or for more information, please contact our director Amy on 07970 581924 or [email protected]

Why is GoboYOOF different from some of the other theatre schools out there?

We don't claim to be bigger or better than anyone. But what we try to deliver is an experience for young people that is as close as possible to what it can be like working on a professional small-scale show (the type of show our older actors tour) - that's everyone working together to create a production, not stars and those in the background, everybody has input into the creative ideas that make up the whole show. Equally, this certainly isn't just for people who want to pursue the theatrical lifestyle, we want our participants to come away with a whole range of skills that will help them build their futures, whatever that may be. All students receive equal attention as they build on their individual talents. GoboYOOF! is all about creating something together, having fun and learning ideas and processes that can be used again and again both in theatre and the wider world.

Experience a rehearsal room, not a class room.

Alice by Laura Wade
Alice by Laura Wade

Alice by Laura Wade, toured with some brilliant young people who we’ve been proud to work with. We think they’ll go on to do some amazing things and hope they’ll never forgot this first touring experience. Probably not with Director Amy choosing 5 people to play 32 parts, or Accountant David putting them through the tax return mill! Trying to have a conversation with yourself onstage whilst somewhere in the back of your mind wondering if you kept the petrol receipt is not an experience that you easily forget!

Thank you to everyone who came to see the show - we hope you enjoyed as much as we did!

This modern adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland follows Alice into the barking mad Wonderland where she encounters a whole host of wacky characters who, in their own special ways, help her come to terms with the death of her brother.

You’ve got to go right to the heart

Promotional video

Drum roll please...

Thanks to everyone who took part in our promotional video with Hugh Dennis and the cast of Mrs Brown's Boys - we managed to raise nearly £2500 for Children in Need with our initial £100 investment. We were thrilled with the interest it received, and we're delighted to finally be able to unveil our cinematic masterpiece. So sit back and enjoy...

If you have any trouble viewing this video, please visit our YouTube page instead.

Eat, drink and make money

We're always on the lookout for imaginative new fundraising ideas - and here's one we love! No climbing mountains or sitting in a bath of ice.

It's called Dinner4Good and allows you to raise money for us simply by doing something you enjoy - having friends round for dinner! To see how it works just visit our Dinner4Good page.

Fair paid is fair played

Young people starting their careers often have to work for nothing to gain experience. This is unfair and means that often young people can only pursue their chosen career if their families can financially support them. With Gobo, ‘fair paid is fair played’. Rather than exploiting young people, we give them training and experience while paying a fair wage.

Follow us

There are lots of ways you can follow Gobo online - through Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest, or sign up for our e-mailings to hear our news and touring plans.

We are very grateful to the following organisations for their sponsorship

Xerox Oxford Advisory Partnership SH Jones