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This Week at NYT | Playing Up begins, and Start Up Saturdays head to Birmingham!

Posted 29 Jul 2023 by Joe Duggan

Here's your weekly lowdown of all things NYT. Got any NYT news of your own? Let us know by emailing amelia.oakley@nyt.org.uk 

Playing Up 

This week we welcomed our new Playing Up Company to the course’s new base at our Holloway Road Rehearsal Rooms. The company kicked off their training with a session with NYT Alumnus and Associate Kane Husbands on their first day, followed by a day with Toby Clarke, Co-founder of ALT. 

The company will work part time with NYT for ten months, developing with the help of a whole host of NYT Tutors, before staging a end of course performance in Summer 2018.

Playing Up is an OCN Level 3 accredited 10 month drama training programme, offering young people aged 19 - 24 who are not in Education Employment or Training  the opportunity to gain an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Theatre Arts, which is equivalent to 2 ‘A’ Levels. Want to find out more? Head here

REP Season

Today is the final preview performance for our NYT REP Company 2017 before their two Opening Nights next week! Take a look at these tweets in response to the shows so far: 

Isabel Adams‏: @IsabelCAdams
Oh my gosh the physicality of #Othello blew my mind it was so mesmerising @NYTofGB @NYTREPcompany I wanna learn how to do that I LOVED IT 

Becky Alexander‏: @thelocalfoodie  
So impressed by Jekyll & Hyde last night @NYTREPcompany @NYTofGB Fantastic new play and every actor shone. At Ambassadors til Dec.

Paul James-Reynolds‏: @PaulGReynolds
Very much enjoyed @NYTREPcompany's West End Season opening night production of #Othello this evening @NYTofGB. Fantastic work by all

Start Up Saturdays 

We’re thrilled that our Start Up Saturday masterclass is expanding. In addition to our London courses, we’re coming to Birmingham in January 2018! The Birmingham course will be based at The Birmingham Old Rep and will be running for the full 10 week term. 

To book onto either our London or Birmingham courses, head here


Looking for something to get involved with this October Half-Term, we still have some availability left on our October Half-Term Masterclasses for 15-25 year olds based in London, Manchester and Norwich! 

NYT Alumni 

This week Screen International unveiled their Stars of Tomorrow 2017, and the line up featured a number of NYT Alumni. Now in its 14th year, the annual talent showcase spotlights up-and-coming actors, writers, directors and producers from the UK and Ireland who are primed to be the next big thing in the industry.

NYT Alumni Jade Anouka, Archie Madekwe, Paapa Essiedu and Patrick Gibson all made the cut. 

National Youth Theatre Alumni have been making waves at the National Theatre this week. 

NYT REP Company Alumni Conor Neaves is currently appearing in Saint George and the Dragon, which had its first previews this week. 

Whilst the NT’s season announcement this week include a number of familiar names. 

Roy Alexander Weise, who is currently directing Jekyll and Hyde featuring the 2017 REP Company, is to direct Natasha Gordon’s debut play Nine Night in the Dorfman Theatre.  

Meanwhile, NYT Associate Ned Bennett’s Orange Tree Theatre production of An Octoroon is also coming to the Dorfman, featuring NYT Alumni including Ken Nwosu and Vivian Oparah. 

And last but by no means least, congratulations to Aref Akbari (Playing Up 2015-16) is now at London Met University doing a BA Degree.