Acting Up! Youth Theatre

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Ages 18-25
Tuesday 7 – 9pm

(if you are aged 14-18, please email to express interest in joining a group for this age range, we will be in touch with more information soon)

Specifically designed for Youth Theatre members with additional needs or disabilities, Acting Up! is the ideal place for young adults 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
  • writing, directing and performing for film
  • 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 run of performances 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’re always looking for new volunteers to help us support our participants. If you’re interested in volunteering with Acting Up, please email and tell us about yourself.

If you want to hear about future opportunities, including when our 14-18 group will be restarting, please sign up to our mailing list here.

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.