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.

Supported By - Children in needWe are proud that Acting Up! is supported by funding from BBC Children in Need and has been awarded the GOOD PLACE TO COME award from PACT, a branch of The Children’s Society.

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 2017 – War Torn

This term, Acting Up! will be devising and staging a short piece based on the experiences of innocent people (and animals!) caught up in the theatre of war.

Drawing inspiration from real-life accounts, such as Lawrence Anthony’s Babylon’s Ark, and fictional stories like Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse and Butterfly Lion, the company will use physical theatre, improvisation and their own writing skills to recreate stories of heart-ache, humour and hope from ‘war-torn’ countries around the world.

Every Wednesday Evening 6.30-8.30pm
Wednesday 13th September – 20th December
Except 30th October (Half Term)

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