Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation (CYTO) has been bringing workshops in performance and production to the young people of Croydon for over 50 years. Located in Oakley Road, South Norwood, CYTO brings young people aged 6-21 together through drama, dance and music in a safe environment, encouraging personal development and confidence to produce excellent live theatre. These activities immensely enrich our members’ lives and the lives of our communities by offering new experiences and support networks.

Responses to the question "How has CYTO influenced you?". Larger words indicate the number of times that response was given.

The very first CYTO ad!


"CYTO probably literally saved my life: I cannot see that my life story as it had previously been unfolding could have had a happy ending"

"Being with wonderful like-minded people who will accept you whoever you are and no matter what your background"

"An amazing place to build confidence and to meet new people"

"A fun place where you can express your feelings, expand on your skills and make friends"

“A place of opportunity. You learn techniques and get chances to perform in productions and show skills you have.” 

"A fun, friendly environment where you get lots of friends and practically a new family"


  • To provide opportunities for young people to develop and create live theatre and performance that is fun, inclusive and relevant to their lives.

  • To equip young people with the confidence, resilience and skills to fulfil their potential and support their wellbeing.

  • To develop partnerships with schools, youth organisations and community groups, and engage volunteers in widening participation.

  • To be truly diverse and inclusive in all our practices and activities, reflecting the communities we serve.


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The Shoestring Theatre​

Oakley Road, South Norwood

SE25 4XG



Registered Charity: 1077861

Company No: 03572226  

Can't find what you're looking for? For further information -


email: admin@cyto.org.uk 

or call:  020 8655 1098

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