Young People

We deliver a variety of projects and workshops with children and young people at schools, youth settings and in our venue. Plus we often have cheaper ticket offers for some shows – click on the links to find out more and get involved.

Activities & offers for young people

GO SEE the very best of UK gig-theatre, contemporary performance and new writing right on your doorstep, for just £6. Explore our programme, click on the show link then ‘book tickets’ to locate the £6 ticket offer (note that some shows and hires may not carry this offer). For some shows there is also a ‘pay what you can’ offer.

Some highlights you might want to check out include:

The Year My Vagina Tried to Kill Me on 6 December by Amy Vreeke (age 16+)

A Christmas Carol on 20 December by The Book of Darkness and Light (age 12+)

COMING SOON:

Matt Miller presents Fitting
Thursday 6 February 8pm
Pay What You Can
Age 14+

Genevieve Carver and The Unsung presents
A Beautiful Way to Be Crazy
Friday 28 February at 7.30pm
Pay What You Can
Age 16+

Red Ladder Theatre presents
Smile Club
Friday 20 March at 8pm
Pay What You Can
Age 11+

Dapertutto Theatre presents Lionman
Thursday 23 April at 8pm
Go See tickets £6
Age 14+

4:30pm – 6:00pm – Thursdays (no charge)

The Orange Box Choir is made up of young people, volunteers and support staff from Orange Box, Youth Works, Project Challenge, Next Step Trust, Young Foundations, Calderdale College and Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College.

It provides young people with the necessary support and resources to build confidence, develop relationships and skill sets. The progress we have seen in the young people who’ve participated is clear, and rewarding for them and their communities.

Young people with varying abilities are in the Choir; some have never sung before and some have additional needs. It’s a huge confidence boost and creates a positive experience in an environment in which they feel safe.

They go out into the community to perform and support local charities and events.

The Choir meets every Thursday afternoon to rehearse and is always looking for new members. So, if you are interested in joining, then contact Arts Outreach Officer Jamie Eagleton: jamie@squarechapel.co.uk

Mondays at Orange Box Young People’s Centre
6.30pm – 8pm
£5 (£3 Passport to Leisure)

Our Rock School is for young people aged 11 – 16yrs and is running from Orange Box. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience, acoustic strummers and all out rockers, it’s a great place to learn to play your instrument better, meet other musicians, form a band, write songs. Opportunities to rehearse, collaborate, perform and record are all included in this popular project, plus you can get a Bronze Arts Award.

Contact us if you’re interested in joining: jamie@squarechapel.co.uk

Autumn/Winter Term dates:
September 16th, 23rd, 30th
October 7th, 14th, 21st
November 4th, 18th, 25th
December 2nd, 9th

Supported by Youth Music and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Routes Music Festival provides a platform for young musicians (aged 12-24 yrs) to showcase their talents on an open and accessible stage.

The aim is to give young bands and artists a first opportunity to take part in a festival style event, gain experience in playing in front of a crowd and working with a booker/promoter, so that they can then go on and more confidently book other shows.

The 2019 festival took place at Square Chapel, showcasing 21 bands/artists with the support of 25 volunteers, and an audience of over 250 people.

Saturdays at Square Chapel during Term Time
5-7yrs, 10am – 11am
£5 (£3 Passport to Leisure)
8-11yrs, 11am – 12.30pm
£6 (£3.50 Passport to Leisure)

There is also a 20% discount for families wishing to pay for the full term in one payment (due at the start of term).

Spring Term 2020:
Jan: 18, 25
Feb: 1, 8, 15, 29
March: 7, 14, 21, 28
Apr: 4

Our youth theatre classes introduce children to the magic of theatre in our professional spaces, focusing on building confidence and social interaction whilst developing skills in these fun and creative sessions.  Youth Theatre is extremely popular and we currently have a waiting list for the older group – please get in touch if you’d like to join: maria.spadafora@squarechapel.co.uk or jamie@squarechapel.co.uk


Our work with schools enables children to access to the arts from a young age.  We deliver a termly programme of professional performances with heavily subsidised tickets, alongside workshops in school and bespoke projects like Poetry Champions and Calderdale Young Shorts play-writing project. We work inclusively across all schools in Calderdale.

“The children loved it! They were transfixed. After the performance they were asking questions and thinking deeply about the performance. We could not believe how it grabbed the attention of all the children including those with English as an additional language, behaviour and attention difficulties and those with special educational needs. It was so inclusive.” Reception teacher, Halifax primary school.

Poetry Champions enables us to take poets into schools to work with teachers and pupils and harness their creativity. This work is enormously successful and culminates in an annual performance by the participating schools.

Calderdale Young Shorts encourages children to tap into another creative writing skill – that of writing plays. School groups get to write their own short plays that are then performed by young actors at Square Chapel.

Our tickets for school children are just £3.50 each and teachers go free! If you’d like to book for any of this term’s events, please contact maria.spadafora@squarechapel.co.uk

Young people with additional needs have a lot to gain from taking part in arts activities – a chance to try new things, build confidence and have fun with friends. Step Up is all about young people feeling more confident socially as they transition to adult services, and is supported by BBC Children in Need. We’re currently delivering this work with groups supported by Calderdale Youth Service, and once participants feel ready we encourage them to try our Gig Buddies scheme.


We’re proud of our very own youth chamber orchestra who always delight concert goers with their stunning music. Drawing together the region’s best young classical players, the Young Philharmonia of Square Chapel gives us all a life-affirming experience of the classical symphonic repertoire and a glimpse into the bright future for orchestral music in Britain.

Young Philharmonia is a very exciting opportunity for you to hear some of Yorkshire’s finest young musicians playing some of the world’s greatest classical music in Halifax’s very own youth chamber orchestra. We’re always keen to welcome new players, especially on French Horns, oboes and bassoons, so do get in touch if you are a young person or know a young person who’d like to join. Email info@squarechapel.co.uk 

If you are in Year 12 or 13 and are interested in completing a period of work experience at Square Chapel Arts Centre, you will get much more out of the placement if you are already involved in the work that we do. Click here  for more information, or contact Andrew Sykes, the coordinator of volunteers and work placements on 01422 353073 or email andrew@squarechapel.co.uk 

Square Chapel are proud to be part of the Calderdale LGBTQ+ Partnership, which increases awareness of challenges LGBTQ+ young people may face.

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