Acting Up! Youth Theatre

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ActingUp-weblogoAges 14 – 18 and 19-24
Wednesday 6 – 9pm

Specifically designed for Youth Theatre members with additional needs or disabilities, Acting Up! is the ideal place for young people needing more support to get involved with Drama in a safe and encouraging environment.

Do you:

  • Have an interest in performance?
  • Want to develop your creativity?
  • Want to learn theatre skills?
  • Have the opportunity to have fun, build confidence and socialise in a safe, friendly space?

…then Acting Up! might be right for you. You don’t need to be a ‘star’ or even have any prior acting experience! Sessions are run at a pace to suit those taking part and are led by practitioners who are experienced in working with young people with additional needs or disabilities.

Acting Up! takes on a wide variety of projects over a year and previous projects have covered areas such as:

  • comedy
  • devising
  • digital storytelling
  • working with Shakespeare

Autumn and Spring are skills terms, which often end with a sharing of work for an invited audience. The Summer is our production term.  This gives participants the chance to experience a full, group devised production with a performance run at Friargate Theatre: our professional studio theatre and home to Riding Lights Theatre Company. Whichever term you join us for, you can be sure that you’ll finish the term having had a great time with a whole range of new theatre skills under your belt!


If you would like more information, or would like to have an informal chat about your needs (or the needs of a young person in your care), please call us on 01904 655317.

We are proud that Acting Up! has been awarded the GOOD PLACE TO COME award from PACT, a branch of The Children’s Society, and was nominated for a York Culture Award in Excellence in Cultural Equality & Diversity.

To find out more give us a call on 01904 655317.
Apply online here or download the Youth Theatre Application Form

Cost: £70 per 10 week term (bursaries and fully funded places are available – call for more information).

Acting Up (14-18) Autumn Term
Planet Shapers
This term Acting Up and Juniors will both be working on the topic of Climate Change. They will work within their own groups using storytelling techniques, music and puppetry to devise scenes that highlight the dangers of climate change and tell real life accounts of disaster displacement. Once a month the groups will come together to share their work and take part in a joint session. At the end of term both groups will stage a short performance, showcasing their work to an invited audience.

Juniors meet on Monday evening, 6.30-8pm from 9th September – 9th December (except half term on the 28th October)
Acting Up (14-18s) meet on Wednesday evening, 6pm-8pm from 4th September – 18th December (except half term on 30th October)

There will be joint sessions on:
Wednesday 18th September, 6-8pm
Wednesday 9th October, 6-8pm
Wednesday 29th November, 6-8pm
Wednesday 4th December – Sharing
Please note that on these weeks there will be no Monday evening session for Juniors.

Tickets for the sharing are free but must be booked in advance through the box office on 01904 613000


Acting Up (19-24s)
As Yet Untitled

Following the successful trial of a ‘senior’ Acting Up group this year, we are enormously proud to announce the launch of this exciting new group for young adults aged 19-24, with additional needs and disabilities.

Sessions will initially run along similar lines to Acting Up’s (we will retain close links with the younger group, still running on the same evening for the foreseeable future), but will have a more mature feel, allowing you to dip your toes into more serious subject matter, to take up more varied performance opportunities and take charge of your shows’ content, driving the creative process – you can still expect a lively, fun and playful approach to theatre, but with a stronger emphasis on training, developing stage-craft, leadership skills and learning how to jointly devise/direct material. Autumn’s devising term has no theme as yet – the group will be deciding the direction of the work as an ensemble through facilitated workshops – but it should be full steam ahead, and very much created by this new young actors’ company…

Every Wednesday Evening 7.15-9pm
Wednesday 4th September – Wednesday 18th December
(except half term on Wednesday 30th October)

Sharing on Wednesday 18th December, time tbc