Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society

Registered charity 271065


Young Idea

Young Idea was formed in 1971 by several dedicated members of Hertford Dramatic and Operatic Society who realised that there were many young people wanting to join in with the activities of the society. Dorothy Clark and Jessie Hopkins were among the prime movers for the junior section. Both ladies have been heavily involved in HD&OS activities over the years.

The name "Young Idea" is thought to have originated from Cyril Heath, who wrote about the amateur dramatic scene for a Hertford newspaper - "The Mercury" - over many years.

Going from strength to strength, the popularity of Young Idea has never been in doubt. Workshops are held on Sunday mornings during term time for children from the age of 8 years. During the Workshops we cover many aspects of stagecraft, including improvisation, teamwork, mime, movement, voice projection and make up, also encouraging understanding of the technical side of productions. Showcases are performed to parents and friends at the end of the autumn term and the summer term. At the latter, Certificates of Attainment are presented to Year 11 students and the winner of the annual Jessie Hopkins Achievement Award is announced. To find out more about our Workshops, email youngidea@hdos.org.uk

One Day Workshop

Following the success of our Frozen workshop for children, we are once again offering a further musical theatre workshop for young people at the studio, Bentley House, Hertford!

Two whole days during half term are being devoted to the man everyone loves: Bugsy Malone!

Led by the team that brought you Matilda Junior, the workshop is open to all children aged 8 to 15 (Year 3 upwards) and takes place on February 21st and 22nd 2024.

Come and have some musical fun at Fat Sam’s Speakeasy!

Tickets are now available from Ticketsource.

Only £60 per child for both days - discount for siblings.

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