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Youth Theatre (F)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you'll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm's technical crew.

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or a performance.


'I started with Troublemaker at 10yrs old, although acting wasn't for me but offered many opportunities. From that followed a scholarship to drama school and many jobs, of which Troublemaker are still always a key part of interview chat. I continue to wear their t shirts with much respect and love. Please ask me back soon' Hilary Williamson, Head of Stage at Young Vic Theatre


£97 per term
School Year 8, 9, 10 & 11

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

other events you may be interested in

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Storytelling

1.30pm and 3.30pm.

Join our storytellers in the magical story den this summer holiday!

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult spaces must be booked.

Age guidance: 3-7 years.

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The Maidenhead Beach

The ever popular Maidenhead Beach is back, all summer long – this year inspired by the laid back tropical paradise that is Goa.

Join us for the Grand Opening (with free entertainment) on Tuesday 24 July at 10am.

The Beach has been designed and handmade by Norden Farm with the help of the community.

It’s free to play on every day with beachside tables available for snacks and lunch from the Cafe Bar (including children’s picnic bags).

For maximum chill out, explore the indoor sensory space in our Gallery. It is designed for children with SEND and features work from local schools. Get involved with decorating the floor and making kites.

All of this and a full programme of family films and live events, the Goan Beach is the perfect place to pitch up this Summer.


Peel yourself off the beach and get creative with your little ones in our daily Beach Craft sessions:

Arts and Crafts (45 mins) | £5 per child Monday – Saturday 10.30am

Or sit back and relax with them in the story den for our Storytelling sessions:

Storytelling (20 mins) | £2 per person Monday – Saturday 1.30pm and 3.30pm


Join us for the Grand Opening on Tuesday 24 July from 10am:

  • Free 15 minute pre-school class Taster Session in the Café Bar
  • Enter our free prize draw for the chance to win a family ticket for one of our summer family shows or films
  • Free tropical juice drink for children - available from the Café Bar between 10am - 11am (subject to availability)
  • Free activity and colouring sheets

A photographer representing Norden Farm may be present throughout the summer holiday at The Maidenhead Beach.

These images may be published by Norden Farm in the press and on social media platforms. Images may also be used for external distribution and used in marketing materials including, but not limited to, brochures, flyers, adverts and banners.

If you are visiting The Maidenhead Beach and would rather not be in our photos, please speak to our Box Office team when you arrive.


We love to welcome you and your children here at Norden Farm. However, please be aware that, as we serve hot drinks and food, we do ask that children don’t run in the Café Bar area and are kept close to their adults when on the Beach. Do ask us for children’s books or free colouring sheets if your little ones need some off line distraction.

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Beach Life

A special installation designed to be a relaxing sensory delight for everyone, inspired by the beach huts of Goa, featuring work created by local schools.

While you're there, get involved in designing and making beautiful magnetic fishes to play with.

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Arts and Crafts Session

Craft activities to keep the little ones entertained this half term.

The crafts vary so you can create something new every day!

Age guidance: 5-8 years.

£5 per child

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The Fir Tree

by Tove Jansson

From Tales in Moominvalley

The Moomin family was hibernating in the drawing room as they were wont to do. They had been sleeping for a few months already and were going to keep it up until spring… Now all at once a cold draught disturbed Moomintroll’s dreams. And someone was pulling at his quilt and shouting that he was tired and Christmas was coming.

Featuring live puppetry and music, The Fir Tree is an adventure set in the idyllic and peaceful Moominvalley. It is a gloriously unselfish take on Christmas.

Suitable for all audiences from 3 years and upwards.

Presented by Norden Farm, The Ding Foundation, Bernadette Russell and Steve Tiplady.

Tuesday 20 November – Sunday 30 December

£13.50 (£11.50 under 16s)

Early Bird Offer! £40 Family & Friends ticket (4 people), if booked before Friday 31 August. Offer applied in basket.
£46 Family and Friends (4 people) after Friday 31 August.

Pre-show Touch Tours

For children with autism and sensory impairments. Contact Box Office for more details.

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Youth Theatre (Academy)

Led by Troublemaker Theatre Company.

Your chance to be on stage and in the spotlight!

Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre!

Our friendly theatre company lead the sessions, where you’ll have fun and meet new friends. Each term you'll create a show and perform in our studio or on the main stage, with lighting, sound and staging from Norden Farm's technical crew.

Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you.

Terms 10 weeks long, no auditions, suitable for all abilities and end with a sharing or a performance.


'The Troublemaker gang had me film-making at 15, scripting at 16, and crying that it had to end at 18. 5yrs later, I'm working full-time in television' Kat Mace

'Troublemaker helped foster the creativity I use every day in my animation and video work' James Willis

'Troublemaker gave me the skills and confidence to get into drama school and pursue a career in acting' Lizzy Maillard


£97 per term
School Year 12 & 13

Photography credit Luminous Photography.

Click here to visit the Troublemaker Theatre Company website

have your say

about 17 hours ago Stopping by Norden Farm today or tomorrow? Why not pop down to our SocialArts Exhibition in the Gallery? It’s brimm… https://t.co/mJsPdU4PVo

about 17 hours ago Stopping by Norden Farm today or tomorrow? Why not pop down to our SocialArts Exhibition in the Gallery? It’s brimming with colourful work from the project! . . #nordenfarm #maidenhead #art #gallery #artgallery #whatson #socialarts #exhibition @ Norden Farm Centre for the Arts

3 days ago Grab your dancing shoes and head down for a sociable evening of music and dance at our Summer Ceilidh this Saturday… https://t.co/vEl8T8kRzg

3 days ago Grab your dancing shoes and head down for a sociable evening of music and dance at our Summer Ceilidh this Saturday 14 July at 7.30pm! No experience is necessary as our caller will guide you through all the steps to familiar tunes such as Atholl Highlands, Rogue's March and Dashing White Sergeant.

3 days ago Join husband and wife team Hat Fitz & Cara in our Studio this month. Expect a unique combination of folk, roots and gospel blues - with old time flavourings reminiscent of a time once forgotten. Catch them on Tuesday 24 July 8pm --> https://norden.farm/events/hat-fitz-and-cara-82

4 days ago RT @littleanklebite: Looking for something to do over the summer holidays in Berkshire? Here's our guide https://t.co/RACzO5aczo … #summer…

4 days ago RT @redkitedays: There are some brilliant productions for kids shown at local theatres. Who will you vote for in the Red Kite Days Awards?…

4 days ago RT @AmandaBoltArts: Looking forward to my #afternoonshow from 1pm @WycombeSound today Also a very warm welcome to my guests from @nordenfar…

4 days ago Join us for a live screening of RSC Live: Romeo and Juliet from Stratford-upon-Avon on Wednesday 18 July at 7pm --> https://norden.farm/events/rsc-live-romeo-and-juliet 'The tale of star-crossed lovers is brought into dazzingly sharp relief' ★★★★ Evening Standard

4 days ago Rupert Everett directs and stars in screenings of The Happy Prince this week - a drama exploring the final days of Oscar Wilde. More info and tickets --> https://norden.farm/events/the-happy-prince-15 'A powerful parable of passion and redemption' ★★★★ The Guardian

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