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).

Spring Term 2018 – Acting 101

A new year – a fresh start, and it’s back to the essentials this term with a ten-week acting course, strengthening important skills as we build up our company of actors ready for the summer production.

Along with the usual fun, games and improv, we’ll focus on vocal technique, physicality and creating characters, choral speaking, movement and interpreting a script. We will discover how to get under the skin of a character and create edgy, dynamic relationships on stage. From half-term, we will also be exploring themes and working on skills for our major production in July. So whatever your level of experience, join us for a full-on, fun-packed, acting extravaganza in 2018!

Every Wednesday Evening 6.30-8.30pm
16th Jan – 21st March (except 14th Feb, half term)

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