Acting Up! Youth Theatre

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ActingUp-weblogoAges 14 – 18+
Wednesday 6:30 – 8:30pm

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).

Autumn Term 2018 – Music & Theatre

Have you ever seen a play and NOT heard music?
The two go together like crackers and cheese!

Join us to explore the many ways music is used in theatre.
From the incidental and atmospheric, to non-verbal movement, mime and dance, plays with song, rhythmic chorus and the growing role of the actor-musician.

Plus of course, we’ll try a little helping of musical theatre.
It will be crackers – with cheese!

Every Wednesday Evening 6.30-8.30pm
5th September – 12th December
(except half term on Wednesday 31st October)

Sharing: Wednesday 5th December (time tbc)
Tickets are free but must be booked in advance through the box office on 01904 613000

YT Christmas Party: Wednesday 19th December, 6.30pm

Cost: £70 (Bursaries are available, please ask)