SALISBURY Playhouse has a variety of activities to keep young people entertained during the summer holidays with a performance project, a week of musical theatre and a writing course.

Mini Summer Stage gives seven to ten year olds the chance to spend a week creating a piece of theatre to perform for friends and family. Taking place from Monday, August 11 to Saturday, August 16, this fun week of drama also gives young people the chance to gain their Explore Arts Award, an accredited level 1 qualification which is a record of the project that they can keep.

For ten to 15 year olds who love to sing, dance and act, Musical Theatre Week is a brilliant opportunity to develop new skills.

Working with director Andrew D Wright, participants will learn more about musical theatre with a particular focus on Beauty and the Beast.

This energetic week of activities takes place from Monday, August 18 to Friday, August 22.

Local playwright Barney Norris, whose recent play Visitors was a sell-out at this year’s Theatre Fest West, returns to work with 16 to 21 year olds at the Young Writers’ Academy. Combining group workshops, one-to-one sessions and focused writing time, the course runs from Tuesday, August 26 to Friday, August 29 and is designed to inspire young writers while teaching them new skills.

Participants will engage with the technical demands of writing, explore ideas for stories and staging and collaborate with other young writers. There will also be visits from guest writers.

A limited number of reduced cost bursary places are available for those who are on low incomes.

For more information on any of these projects contact Eugenia Whitby on 01722 345165 or visit