Youngunz…it’s back for another terrific year!

The Purple Thistle Centre will be holding space for their infamous Youngunz Program between Sept, 2014 to May, 2015.

 If you are between the ages of 10 – 14 (ish) or know anyone who is in that age group who would like to hang out once a week for a couple hours to make, break, learn, forget and create a smattering of arty projects, this may be right up your alley!

 Youngunz is a weekly 2 hour workshop (some may be longer, ie full days*) aiming to match the groups interests with clever mentors from the art world who are excited to share their passion and skills with us. This is not a drop in program and due to space limitations a maximum of 12 people will be admitted…however, a waitlist can be created if need be.

We will host a coffee house to exhibit the amazing work these younguns produce (date TBA)

The Nuts and Bolts

 The Time:  Sunday afternoons 2 – 4

The Place: The Purple Thistle (although we may venture out on occasion but will always keep you informed)

 To Sign up:  easy, just contact Anita (details below) and let her know you are interested and your age!

 The Cost: Sliding scale between 40 – 60 $/mo* (covers the once a week 2 hour sessions**,  mentors, food and supplies)

 How to pay?

1) at the beginning of each month (cash or cheque)

2) one cheque for the entire duration

3) post dated cheques


Anita Olson;

*we won’t turn anyone away for lack of funds, so please contact us no matter what!

** costs may be added on for full day workshops

 All youngunz members can access other programs at the purple thistle. (see schedule for details,

Home-Learners Acting Workshops with Alison Kelly

When: Monday’s 10 am – 1 pm, for 6 weeks each.

Who’s it for:  ages 11-18

Where: At the Purple Thistle Centre (location below)


Session one:  October 1- November 5

Session two:  November 12  – December 17

How much: $ 100.00* for each 6 week session

Session One: Acting Exploration: $100.00

In this dynamic and collaborative 6 week class, the participants will use theatre games and exercises, improvs and written work (self generated as well as existing material) to explore the process of acting. This will be a fun and physical class with the emphasis on team work and collective creation. The week will culminate in a demonstration of some of the work. This class is open to all skill levels. Please dress in clothing that can get dirty.


Session Two: Clown and Mask: $100.00

In this 6 week session we will explore mask and clown work. Participants will make their own mask and learn how to “present it”.  Using physical exercises, observation and written work (self generated as well as existing material) the group will explore ways of creating and building clown and mask characters.  This will be a fun and intense six weeks of collaborative creation, culminating in a showcase of the work. The class is open to all levels of experience. Please dress in clothing that can get dirty or bring an old tee shirt for the mask making.

sign-up for one, or for both!

to sign-up email Sylvia:

* bursaries available. please email carla.


Alison Kelly:

Alison has been teaching theatre skills to ages 6 to 76 for the past 25 years. She is also an actor, a writer and a street performer of larger than life comedy characters.  She is one of the creators of the award winning, internationally acclaimed shows Mom’s The Word, Mom’s The Word: Unhinged and Mom’s The Word: Remixed. Alison is a graduate of Studio 58 where she is currently on faculty.


Purple Thistle Centre:  260-975 Vernon Drive


Program Coordinator:  Sylvia McFadden (

Ages: 11-15*

What is it: The yongunz is a program for younger youth from East Vancouver (youth from surrounding areas welcome).  We meet once a week, on Fridays.

What do we do: We invite in different mentors from the art and culture sector (writing, photography, etc) to share their skills with us.  We have a central goal of connecting the workshop to real life outcomes, like art shows, publications, and so on.

This group, due to space, is limited.  We are happy to take names on a list.

This is not a drop in program.

  • Some workshops will require more than two hours.
  • We will hold a coffee house to showcase art and performances from the youth involved is the program (Date TBA).
  • All youngunz members can access other programs at the purple thistle.
  • the age is always negotiable. (for older youth)*