5 to 19 years old
Winner of the Little Vikings Award for Best Drama Class for five years running, the York Theatre Royal youth theatre is hugely popular with families. It takes children from 5 to 19 years old and offers brilliant drama training from professional theatre practitioners. There are classes throughout the week and at weekends, and the waiting list is lengthy so it's worth joining ASAP if you're interested (email ).
Youth Theatre sessions run alongside school terms, September to July in three 10/11 week blocks. Ages range for 5 – 19 years and are split into project groups: 5 – 8’s, 8 – 11’s, 11 – 14’s, 14 – 16’s and 16+. Each project group meets once a week during term time and is led by an experienced practitioner and assistant. They can also provide a mentor if a young person needs additional support.
Every group has the opportunity to perform at least once a year either in the Main House, Studio or another venue. Recently Youth Theatre performed at York Castle Museum and The Crescent. During production terms, there will be additional rehearsals and dress/technical rehearsals for the participating group.
Each term every group has a theatre trip to a York Theatre Royal production, linked to the Youth Theatre’s work. There is often the opportunity to meet artists with Q&A sessions with visiting actors and acclaimed directors like Emma Rice. Youth Theatre members over 8 years also have an annual trip to the renowned pantomime.
Youth Theatre members are often invited to audition for professional productions, including the theatre's very own pantomime and summer shows, as well as associated work. Recent opportunities have included roles in Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre productions, An Inspector Calls and English Touring Opera’s Macbeth.
Each Youth Theatre group nominates a representative to join the Youth Theatre Forum. The Forum exists to give members a voice in the theatre – bringing issues for discussion, voting on new projects and interviewing new practitioners, Youth Theatre members play an active part in shaping their work.
Classes throughout the week and at weekends - contact York Theatre Royal for details.
5 to 19 years old
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