Acting Up! Youth Theatre

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ActingUp-weblogoAges 14 – 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).

Summer 2019- Fantastic Journeys

Continuing our trial of ‘two groups in one’, this term Acting Up create a bizarre Double-Bill of surreal fantasy…Our younger members take a leap into the absurd, flying-high through the mysterious worlds of Swift’s famous adventure story –Gulliver’s Travels, whilst the older group’s a buzzing hive of activity, preparing to stage a new play inspired by Capek’s surrealist masterpiece –  Scenes from Insect Life. – both creepy and crawly…

Participants are asked to commit to a final tech rehearsal on Tues 16th July and performances on both 17th and 18th July (please let us know immediately if there is a difficulty with any of these dates). There is also an optional, but highly beneficial, Saturday Rehearsal on 13th July.

New members interested in joining us for the summer term can contact the office to arrange up to 3 free taster sessions before Easter.

Every Wednesday Evening
14-19s 6.00pm – 7.45pm
19-24s 7.15pm – 9.00pm

Saturday Rehearsal: 13 July
Tech Rehearsal: Tues 16 July
Performances: 17 and 18 July

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