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)
Spring 2020 6pm-8pm

Let’s Get Physical!
Join up this term to explore physical theatre. By using our bodies and voices we can go anywhere and do anything! Who needs scenery?! Need an exploding rocket in space? No problem! Want volcano sucking giants? You got it!

We will devise our own incredible story and bring it to life, using only our bodies. In the second half of term we will turn our attention towards the Summer show. So let’s get physical!

Wednesday 8th January – Wednesday 1st April
(except half term – Wednesday 19th February)


Acting Up (19-24s)
Spring 2020 7.15pm-9.00pm

Work Out!

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

This term, young adult members of Acting Up! dig deep to uncover their own identity, interests and voice as a performing ensemble, whilst also touching on a wider range of theatre-related work. The main focus is acting, directing and devising or writing, but we also will explore what other jobs go into making successful productions such as design, lighting, wardrobe, stage-management, marketing, administration, sound and choreography. By half-term, we aim to have decided on our Summer Production and begin to cast, script and rehearse ready for an earlier production date in mid-June. Expect a term like no other – exciting times!

Wednesday 8th January – Wednesday 1st April
(except half term – Wednesday 19th February)