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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 theatre, film and live events.

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

Working together with the Youth Company: Acting, you will design and create a short film documenting the creative and technical work of the company.

We will ensure that access provision is in place for all applicants. We welcome applications from disabled applicants and encourage them 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 further questions about accessibility please email outreach@rada.ac.uk.

Sessions are led by RADA graduate and Youth Company Technical Director Hannah Birtwistle-Crossland and Technical Associate Lauren Taylor with specialist workshops from other RADA tutors, graduates and guest tutors.

The types of things you will explore:

  • Design
  • Stage Management
  • Sound Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Video Design
  • Costume
  • Prop Sourcing & Making
  • Q&As and discussions with RADA teachers, students and technicians

How to apply

The course is free to attend.

Applications are now open please complete the form above. Deadline Thursday 15 April, 12pm (midday).

For the Youth Company: Theatre Production all applicants must:

  • Be aged 16-20 at the start of the course on 6 May, 2021
  • Live in the North East or a London borough
  • Currently attend or have attended a state school
  • Have no previous experience of University

Applicants should also meet at least one of the following:

  • Study in Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland, County Durham or a London borough
  • Have a home postcode which is Quintile 1 or 2 on the POLAR4 dataset (check POLAR4 postcode here) or Deciles 1-4 on the IMD dataset (check IMD postcode here)
  • Be in receipt of Free School Meals, in receipt of a 16-19 Bursary or be living in a household which receives means tested benefits
  • Identify as Black, Asian, or Ethnically Diverse
  • Have recent experience of the UK Care System or be a Care Leaver
  • Have a declared disability

    Who is the programme for?

    You might still be at school or college or already have left. It’s really about giving an opportunity to someone who might be interested in exploring theatre production or thinking about technical theatre training. This will give you a good grounding but also let you explore whether it’s the right thing for you.

    Whatever your circumstances, we expect full commitment to the course: attending every week, on time and participating. All applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Be aged 16-20 at the start of the course on 6 May, 2021
    • Live in the North East of England or a London borough
    • Currently attend or have attended a state school
    • Have no previous experience of University

    Applicants should also meet at least one of the following

    • Live or study in Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland or County Durham
    • Have a home postcode which is Quintile 1 or 2 on the POLAR4 dataset or Deciles 1-4 on the IMD dataset (details of how to check above).
    • Be in receipt of Free School Meals, in receipt of a 16-19 Bursary or be living in a household which receives means tested benefits
    • Identify as Black, Asian, or Ethnically Diverse
    • Have recent experience of the UK Care System or be a Care Leaver
    • Have a declared disability

    What does it cost?

    The RADA Youth Company is free for all participants.

    How will I be selected?

    Company members will be selected from a series of short selection workshops over Zoom. These will take place during the week beginning Monday 19 April 2021. 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.

    How often does the Youth Company: Theatre Production meet?

    As this is a digital course, the company will meet on Zoom on Thursday evenings (6pm-8.30pm) and Saturday mornings (10am-12:30pm) from May to July.

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