This week the lovely Jaydean gives us the lowdown on weekly drama workshops running in Bath and what she loves about the community!

Business name: Confessions of the Youth Theatre Company

Your name: Jaydean Dawkins

Where are you based and what do you do? We are based in Radstock at Radstock working Mens Club and Bath in Southside Youth Hub.

We run weekly drama workshops. Our theatre company is child/young person centered and we aim to be a constant place of growth and development through your child’s/young person’s creative journey regardless of race, gender, age, sexuality and most importantly finance. We offer free and affordable arts for all.

This is a Theatre Company for the whole community

What inspired you to start your business? I am a mother of five children, I know how important it is that my children are accessing the arts weekly. Having a creative output is so important. Being able to access drama and other arts activities is seen as a privilege or not a necessity within communities. But I believe it is every child’s right to have access to the arts without the common obstructions. I wanted to create a place for these children and young, where a sense of love, community, creative freedom and consistency is present.

What do you love about running a business in Bath? Bath is a beautiful city with a vibrant creative community. As well as being known for all its ancient beauty and history, there is a huge community of permanent residents who are trying to raise their families and crying out for things to do that will become a part of their weekly life’s. I believe running my business is bath is allowing me to reach of to families who will not always have the usual means to access the arts.

You’ve got five minutes to grab a sandwich, where do you go? Cornish Bakehouse, wide variety of sandwiches and other foods to grab and go. They have a wide variety of sandwich fillings and service with a smile.  

Where’s your favorite place to book for a business lunch or a meal/drink after a tough day? Cosy Club, there is a lovely atmosphere, and welcoming spirit, provided by all staff. They never rush us past the two-hour allocated time slot and are happy to assist in any way, including taking photos. They cater for every dietary need and have an amazing outside area for those warmer nights.

Tell us about another Bath business you love and why? The Egg Theatre, it is truly a magical place for families, providing year-round entertainment for children and young people. Most families know the Egg for their shows and child-friendly café. But my family know the Egg as a supportive, creating environment. The Egg have a dedicated team of staff who are willing to go above and beyond to help artists and theatre makers develop, to help enable working parents to be consistent in their practices, and for planting seeds of creativity in every single child and young person they come in contact with.

What advice would you give to someone starting a business in the city?

Be community minded, build a business that has real people at the heart of it. Find ways to work and connect with our business. Being in business is competitive, but also one of the best positions to be in to learn from others.