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 2017 – Grisly Grimm

Think you know fairy tales? Well think again.

This summer Acting Up! create an original and surprising show, based (partly) on the writings of the Brothers Grimm. Expect familiar favourites like Hansel & Gretel and Rumpelstiltskin, mixed with less well-known tales and folklore, creating a show aimed squarely at the adults/older children – with all the gruesome and grisly bits left in!

It will combine music, puppetry and physical theatre for a truly memorable and visually exciting production. If you go into the woods today… you might just live to regret it!

Every Wednesday Evening 6.30-8.30pm
Wednesday 26th April – 26th July
Except 31st May (Half Term) & 5th July

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

Performance Dates
Tech & Dress Rehearsal – 18th July
Performances – 19th & 20th July