Off the Ground's first production was in 1994 with a contemporary revival of John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger. However, the highlight of the first year was undoubtedly the open-air production of Twelfth Night, which toured stately homes in North Wales and Northwest England. The tour has been extended over the years and subsequent tours have played to full-houses both in the UK and Ireland (for full show list see productions page.)
Off the Ground Youth Theatre was formed in 1996 and is an absolutely vital part of the company. Our students have the opportunity to study with working professionals and to take part in professional-level productions - all youth theatre projects are lead by working actors, directors, writers and musicians. Off the Ground Youth Theatre is the only youth theatre in this region to offer such a wide range of on-stage, back-stage and film experience. Older members of the youth theatre are encouraged to audition for OTGs touring productions, and many have had their first professional job with Off the Ground.
As well as running the youth theatre Off the Ground also works with schools, community groups and theatre companies throughout the Northwest, North Wales and the Republic of Ireland. We have managed performance projects in Spain, Greece, Italy and Ireland, devise and perform workshops both here and abroad, run INSET training as well as delivering a comprehensive schools’ workshop programme.
On top of all this OTG also produces touring theatre shows for performance in theatres, outdoor venues and schools.
Off the Ground Theatre believes in giving as many people as possible the opportunity to partake in theatre. All our tours operate a strong youth policy which means employing young professionals and, in the case of our summer tour, working with professionals and amateurs. We aim to provide training to those who wish to expand their skill-base, employment to those embarking on a career, and a fine evening’s entertainment to those who want a night out!