In 1970 a group of sixth formers from Grove Park Grammar School, riding high on the success of their joint production that January, were desperate to do another play.
Their A-level commitments would not allow this during school time, but thanks to the good offices of Mr Raymond Morgan, then chairman of Grove Park Little Theatre, and the executive committee, they were offered the chance of using the Little Theatre free of charge for both production and rehearsal. Furthermore, the Theatre would underwrite the costs of the production if necessary.
In July four performances of She Stoops to Conquer were given and proved to be both a financial and an artistic success, enabling a small donation to go to the theatre as a gesture of appreciation.
As a result of this, Grove Park Theatre agreed to the foundation of Wrexham Youth Theatre, an autonomous body with its own chairman and committee, who were given free use of the Little Theatre for weekly meetings and for rehearsals and productions. The theatre soon got used to the whole building being taken over every Thursday evening by a group of up to 50 young people between the ages of 15 and 21, taking part in workshops covering improvisations, basic stage techniques, mime, movement and scripted work.
The programme of work was arranged and mostly run by an adult administrator elected by the members of the Youth Theatre. The administrator and Youth Theatre chairman were also members of the Executive Committee of the Little Theatre. It was written into the constitution that Youth Theatre should produce one three-act and one one-act play every year.
At first these were produced by the original and longest serving administrator, Robbie Duckett, but later ‘guest’ producers (usually members of the senior society) were also used.
Youth Theatre was able to call on the expertise of the senior society for their productions and could also help in the senior society’s productions themselves.