November 2020

Back to zoom

As from today 5th November we are unfortunately back to zoom sessions.

Unlike the original lockdown, the zoom sessions will only be for your bubble, and will follow the sessions pattern.

Check the DYT Calendar for confirmation of your session day. Mary has emailed out links to parents for all sessions covering the anticipated lockdown period. If you’ve not received your email please let me know

September 2020

Waiting in the Wings

We are finally able to start making plans behind the scenes for a return to evening sessions.

The Pallant Centre has now re-opened, which is good news, however due to the size of the hall we are unable to come back on mass. Our plan is to split the group into bubbles, each bubble will meet alternate Monday’s or Thursday’s. We are currently awaiting replied from parents to know which cast members are happy to return, once we know numbers we can create our bubbles.

Currently we are working to get all the necessary bits, RA’s and PPE in place for a safe return. Unfortunately due to current Government restrictions we look to be a long way off being able to perform. So the sessions will take the form of workshops, working towards a performance when allowed. Each child will be provided with a face shield and there will be sanitiser stations around the building along with antic wipes. The kitchen area will be out of bounds so please ensure they bring a water bottle, food will not be allowed at this time.

Please keep an eye on your inboxes for updates.

August 2020

Mo Whiting 1947 – 2020

It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that we have to let you know our beloved Mo passed away at 10pm last night, Thursday the 6th August 2020.

A much loved member of the Dynamo family, she will be greatly missed by ALL.

(Shown here with past member Gabriella)

March 2020

All sessions cancelled

It's AGM Time again

HDYT Coronavirus Update – All Monday and Thursday sessions cancelled

The Trustees are continuing to up-to-date thinking in line with the government’s advice and coronavirus strategy.

Dynamo Youth Theatre has a responsibility to keep not only our members, but those who are vulnerable safe. Today we made the difficult decision to cancel all Monday and Thursday sessions with immediate effect. We realise this will be a difficult decision to accept, but we have to ensure we are taking steps to protect our members and the wider community.

We will be reviewing the situation weekly and trust you will support us at this challenging time.

These measures will also impact our AGM due to have taken place on the 27th April. This will be postponed until we can arrange alternative options with guidance from the Charity Commission.

Read the full NHS advice here.

HDYT Trustees 17th March 2020

March 2020

HDYT Coronavirus Update

The Trustees met tonight following the latest advice from Government and health officials.

Whilst the advice does not go so far as to ban public performances we feel it would be irresponsible to hold The Shield this coming Monday the 23rd. Going ahead with this performance constitutes a large social gathering and would put the audience in the way of unnecessary risk. It is with a heavy heart for the first time in 38 years we have taken the decision to postpone the event until Monday 20th July, hopefully Corona will then be behind us.

We will continue to hold the Monday and Thursday sessions, but will revise this as more information is released, should the schools close we would also temporarily close the group in line with government thinking.

During the current COVID-19 problems parents, volunteers and cast members have a vital role to play by taking sensible action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 such as ensuring that anyone with symptoms (Fever, Tiredness, Dry Cough, Breathing Difficulties) self isolates for a period of 5 days. If the symptoms persist at the end of the 5 days they should seek medical help via NHS 111 or its online service. That they DO NOT attend a session, and that they notify the session leader Mary in case of contact with other members of the group.

HDYT will ensure all volunteers, parents and cast members have access to appropriate hygiene facilities such as hot water, soap and bins to get rid of used tissues, whilst in our care.

As good practice the public are advised to maintain good hygiene standards by following the latest advice from the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) website which includes the following basic protective measures:

  • Wash your hands frequently with alcohol-based hand wash or wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Maintain social distancing- maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet distance) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose
  • Practice respiratory hygiene – Using the nearest waste receptacle to dispose of the tissue after use
  • Stay informed and follow the advice given by health care providers

In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) has advised that most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places, and that self-isolation is only to be undertaken if the individual is advised to do so by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional. Read the full NHS advice here.

HDYT Trustees 16th March 2020

November 2019

Cratchit’s Christmas Carol

What if Scrooge was alive today? What business would the squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner be in? This new version of the timeless Victorian classic is inspired by Charles Dickens and Simon Cowell. The ghosts that haunt ‘Squeezer’ Scrooge are from the past of the music business. As Scrooge tries to rip off the NHS choir, depriving them of a Christmas number 1 record, the voices of past, present and future try and put him back on the straight and narrow – will they succeed in the 21st century?

Wednesday 8th to Saturday 11th January 2020 at 7:30pm
plus a Saturday matinee at 2:30pm
at The Pallant Centre, The Pallant, Havant PO9 1BE

September 2019


A topical, light-hearted look at the pop music business, from Dynamo Youth Theatre, that charts the turbulent rise to fame of a boy band – Freedom.
During a live performance at Wembley, when the band’s future looks bleak in the midst of rising reports of drugs, drink and public brawls, the five young stars take us back to the beginning, revealing the gritty truth.

July 2019

Wyrd Sisters

“Alle Thee Dysk’s a Stage”. Stephen Brigg’s stage adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters (which is in turn an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth).

Dynamo Youth Theatre present Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters, adapted by Stephen Briggs

Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare’s Macbeth and then turns it up ’till the knob comes off. It’s all there – a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players, a land in peril. And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Three witches. Granny Weatherwax (intolerant, self-opinionated, powerful), Nanny Ogg (down-to-earth, vulgar) and Magrat Garlick (naïve, fond of occult jewellery and bunnies).

This Amateur Production will be performed:
7.30pm Wed 10th to Sat 13th July 2019 at The Pallant Centre, The Pallant, Havant

‘Terry Pratchett’ and ‘Discworld’ are Registered Trade Marks.



January 2019

AGM 19:30 on the 29th April 2019

It's AGM Time again

Our AGM will be held at 19:30 on the 29th April 2019, please do come along to The Pallant Centre, The Pallant, Havant,  to support us and hear a review of the past year and upcoming plans for the group.

As you know, for over 35 years Havant Dynamo Youth Theatre has been successfully run by volunteers, parents of members and ex-members. This ethos ensures we can continue to offer our membership the cheapest rates for a youth theatre in the County. However to achieve this we need help with all aspects of the group both behind the scenes and for show production.

Perhaps you feel you can join the Dynamo committee? or have ideas about any aspect of the group from show production & fund raising to publicity & construction.

Importantly, this year we still have 2 posts Vice Chair and Vice Treasurer to fill on the committee, so hopefully you may be interested or know of someone who is to fill these important roles:

January 2019

The Highwayman

The Highwayman is the sixth successful musical from John Gleadall & Greg Mosse – an exciting, atmospheric and memorable story of 18th century highway robbery, love, poverty and wealth. Like Daisy & Marvin Save the Day, their last Dynamo Youth Theatre musical, The Highwayman is packed with memorable ‘singalong’ songs. The exciting story ends with an extraordinary tragic climax – all of it inspired by the wonderful narrative poem of the same name by Alfred Noyes.

Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th January 2019


Thank you so much for sending the link to the adaptation of the musical.  However I really must thank you very much indeed for the wonderful performance yesterday evening and to meet the young performers who were sensational in their presentation.  They performed well beyond their years and this is a result of their talent, direction and the production.  Please pass on once again our congratulations to all the cast and crew.  Iam sure my grandfather would have been thrilled to be sitting in the audience.  I will chat to my mother to see if she is well enough for you to come and visit.

Many thanks again, Diana Hothersall (Granddaughter of Alfred Noyes)