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Lakeside Theatre Homegown. A young black man in a light coloured tee-shirt and trousers sits on a red leather couch on a dark stage.

Our Homegrown Programme

At the Lakeside Theatre, we believe that theatre is for everyone. We love our Drama and Theatre Studies students, but you don’t have to be studying these subjects in order to develop as a performer, actor, director, producer or technician!

That’s where our Homegrown programme comes in.

a performance from Launch Festival 2023 where a young woman is sat cross legged on a bed on a dimly lit in blue stage

Homegrown is the Lakeside Theatre’s talent development programme for theatre makers at the University of Essex. Students, researchers, staff and alumni of the university can join the programme at any stage in their journey for support, guidance and opportunity to become a performing arts professional.

Ethan and Eve perform "Byte Me" on the Lakeside Theatre main stage as part of Launch Festival 2024.

More details of the programme will be launching later in Summer 2024, but for now you can find out more about our Homegrown Workshops or apply for a Homegrown Studio Slot.

Theatre is for everyone!