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

Come and 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.

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.

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 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 & Operation
  • Costume & Make-Up
  • Prop Sourcing & Making
  • Digital Event & Technical Management
  • Q&As and discussions with RADA teachers, students and technicians

How to apply

Applications for the course in January are now closed. Applications for the course starting in May will open in late March.

The course is free to attend.

This course is for:

  • young people aged 16-20 at the start of the course on 7 January, 2021
  • young people who live in Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland, City of Durham or a London borough
  • young people who currently attend or have attended a state school
  • young people who have no previous experience of University

Applicants should also meet at least one of the following:

  • 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?

    All applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Be aged 16-20 at the start of the course on 7 January, 2021
    • Live in Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland, City of Durham 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:

    • 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

    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 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.

    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 between Wednesday 9th December and Sunday 13th December 2020. These workshops will be a chance for you to hear 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 and Saturday mornings from January to March.

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