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Ever wondered what the backstage team do on a show? Are you interested in music and sound production, organising events or making art and design?

Come and join our free training course that gives young people aged 16-20 the opportunity to explore theatre production, management and design from concept to stage.

The course takes place every Saturday from May to the end of July, with production work and performance in the summer holidays in July and August.

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.

Working together with the Youth Company: Acting, you will try out designs, make props and costume, and produce a show in RADA's Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre.

2020 term dates

In light of government guidance we are reviewing our course dates. As the situation evolves and we take decisions around training, courses, we are contacting all affected staff, students or applicants directly, and we will update our website.

We hope to run this course later in the year and will update this when we know more. For any questions please email outreach@rada.ac.uk and we will be happy to help.

How to apply

Apply here

The course is free to attend. Please email outreach@rada.ac.uk if you want to find out more.

This course is for:

  • people who do not already have a degree
  • people who are currently not in higher education

The types of things you will learn:

  • Sound design and operation
  • Lighting design and operation
  • Stage management (SM)
  • Deputy stage management (DSM)
  • Assistant stage management (ASM)
  • Production and events management
  • Costume and make-up
  • Props making
  • Scenic art
  • Construction
  • Video design
  • Set design
The youth company gave me an insight into what happens backstage and let me work to a professional standard - back home I didn't have those opportunities. I enjoyed the tasters of other departments such as scenic art, sound and props, which I am now pursuing a career in. Being a part of the youth company made me feel at home in a family atmosphere - so much that I didn't want to leave, so I applied for the full time course and here I am!
Isobel Beadle, current student on the FdA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management

Previous companies

Youth Company: Theatre Production 2019 working on the performance Pericles, Prince of Tyre in the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre, July 2019

Photos: Emily Melville-Brown, Hannah Birtwistle-Crossland and Linda Carter.

Youth Company: Theatre Production 2018