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Is this course for me?

Ever wondered what the backstage team do on a show?

Apply for our Youth Company: Theatre Production and explore practical elements of theatre making including production, management and design from concept to stage.

Regardless of your experience or background we want people who are passionate, curious and keen to learn. Come and see how your creative or organisational skills can be used to make a theatre show.

This is a free course which is part of our Access and Participation work. It is an eight month long course available to young people age 16-21 who meet certain criteria which takes place on Saturdays and gives you the opportunity to experience technical theatre training.

What will I be doing?

In the Spring term you will be introduced to a range of technical and creative roles and consider ways in which productions can be made accessible.

In the Summer term you will working collaboratively with the Youth Company: Acting to create a production in RADA’s Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre.

Throughout the course, any Youth Company members interested in applying for RADA’s Technical Theatre & Stage Management Foundation degree course will receive application and interview support

The types of things you will learn:

  • Stage Management
  • Sound Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Video Design
  • Costume
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Prop Sourcing & Making
  • Design
  • Captioning
  • Producing
  • Filmmaking
  • Disability Awareness
  • Anti-Racism
  • Q&As and discussions with RADA teachers, students, graduates and technicians
  • Application and Interview support for our Technical Theatre & Stage Management course

Term dates

All Youth Company members will be expected to attend all sessions, including every Saturday during term time.

Current Youth Company Term dates (2022-23)

  • Spring Term: Saturday 28 January – Saturday 25 March (9 weeks), 10am – 5pm (10.00am – 1.00pm on certain dates - these will be communicated during the course)
  • Summer Term: Saturday 29 April – Saturday 22 July (13 weeks), 10am – 5pm
  • Pre-production Week: Monday 24 July – Friday 29 July, 10am – 6pm everyday
  • Production Week: Monday 31 July – Saturday 5 August, 10am – 10pm everyday
  • Performances: Friday 4 August & Saturday 5 August 10am – 10pm

How do I apply?

Applications to the RADA Youth Company 2023 are now closed.

If you are disabled, we encourage you to share information about access requirements when completing the application form. This will enable us to provide additional support both during the selection workshops and across the course.

If you have any questions about accessibility, the course or would like to talk to a member of the Youth Company team then please email

    How will I be selected?

    We will invite every eligible applicant to a selection workshop. If you have not heard back after the application deadline, please email

    Company members will be selected from a series of selection workshops at RADA. These will take place between Thursday 19 January – Saturday 21 January 2023. These workshops will be a chance for you to learn a little bit more about the course, meet new people and take part in some ice breakers and activities. You will not need to prepare anything.

    What does it cost?

    The RADA Youth Company is free for all participants.

    How often does the RADA Youth Company: Theatre Production meet?

    The company will meet once a week on Saturdays from January to August.