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This Week at NYT

Posted 06 Aug 2023 by Joe Duggan

Paul Roseby: “We need arts days as well as sports days”

Paul Roseby has called for the arts to be give equal status to sports in schools. Writing in The Stage last week (read the full article here) he said:

"The arts doesn’t just offer soft power, it offers staying power. We need to install that staying power in every school and celebrate arts days alongside sports days, or we are in danger of becoming an island museum of cultural heritage with no cultural financial future."

If you have any thoughts that you'd like to share with us, please get in touch.

Playing Up 2017/18 - Now Recruiting

Playing Up is a 10 month drama training social inclusion 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. 

The company is made up of 25 members, with the course focusing on performance skills such as movement, voice, devising, naturalism, character work and scene study. Read more here.

Apply now for Playing Up 2017/18!

Teachers' Event – Exploring Dennis Kelly’s DNA

Our next teacher’s event will give educators the opportunity to watch an open rehearsal of our upcoming production of Dennis Kelly’s DNA. Led by Sean Hollands (Bryan Forbes bursary recipient 2016), this session will offer an insight into the National Youth Theatre’s practice when working with young performers and provide an opportunity to discuss the rehearsal process and staging of the production. 

Thursday 1st June, 5pm – 7pm

National Youth Theatre Rehearsal Rooms 
443-445 Holloway Road 
London, N7 6LW


- Open Rehearsal 
- Q&A 
- Refreshments

Even if you're new to NYT, come along to meet us and find out more. Head here to book your free space.

Club Members Event - Auditions Feedback Session

Club Members - get booking for our next event:

Auditions Feedback Session | 2pm, Saturday 3rd June | NYT Rehearsal Rooms, London 

Led by a NYT auditioner, this session is a great opportunity to gain a valuable insight into the auditioning process. Get feedback on top do’s and don’ts in the auditioning room, and advice on how to improve your own auditioning technique.  

To book your free space, head to the News section of your Club Members' account. Find out more about Club Membership here - sign up to book your space.

New! Spring Bank Masterclasses 

Join the NYT for six days and discover your talent in Acting For Screen or learn how to beat the nerves in Audition Technique. Our masterclasses are a great way to get involved now, meet new people and gain an insight into how we work with young actors. 

Acting for Screen, Westminster, London 29th May - 3rd June

Audition Technique, Westminster, London 29th May - 3rd June 

Based further afield? This summer we're heading to Manchester, York and Guildford. Find out more. 

Start-Up Summer! New course for 11-14 year olds

Explore the NYT’s approach to ensemble theatre-making through storytelling, devising, music, dance, characters and chorus. 

Start-Up Summer is a six day summer school offering young people the chance to gain experience with the NYT before auditioning to join the company. Find out more.

31st July - 5th August 2017, Pimlico, London 

Come along to our first of 2017: DNA Members' Matinee!

We will be hosting exclusive Members' Nights / Matinees for each NYT production this year, offering cheap tickets, Q&As where possible, and the chance to socialise and network with other members, NYT creatives and staff. 

Amongst the darkness of an unnamed wood, a lawless gang are trying to bury a dark secret...

NYT Members are invited to attend an exclusive Q&A with the cast and director of our 2017 NYT Production of DNA by Dennis Kelly.

When: Saturday 17th June 2017 (The show will begin promptly at 2pm, and the Q&A will follow at 3pm)
Where: NYT Holloway Road, London (N7 6LW)

For more information and how to book, head to the Members Board.

Backstage Members

If you missed the boat in applying for a Backstage role on our 2017 Season - don't worry! We'd still love you to join us this year! Increase your skillset, receive personal industry advice and further your backstage experience.

Email Kay.Hudson@nyt.org.uk with your name, backstage department and your availability between now and December 1st 2017.  

There are roles available across all departments, including Stage Management, Lighting and Sound, Costume and Scenic Construction. There will also be opportunities to shadow and assist backstage industry professionals, designers and production managers.

Membership Opportunities

It's been great to see so many of you getting involved in NYT opportunities recently. Keep applying for anything and everything that takes your fancy. Here's some current Member Opportunity highlights:

  • We have external castings available for Members in Scotland, Yorkshire, Hull, London and across the UK - including lead roles in a live action Disney remake, a National Theatre productin and a Nina Gold feature film.

  • Ticket offers for The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? - we also have some top tips of where to go to find cheap tickets near you. 
  • Discounted and free memberships with partner organisations such as Backstage and Curtain Call.

To renew your membership and access opportunities:

  • Login here with your email address and password.
  • Head to the heading underneath the picture: ‘Register Now’
  • Follow the sign-up process and proceed to payment.

Opportunities will then be visible in the Opportunities section of your account.  

Alumni News

Congratulations to Michael McCarthy who stars in The Ferryman at the Royal Court, which this week opened to rave reviews across the board. More info here. 

Congratulations also to Matthew Warchus who’s been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for Groundhog Day The Musical. Full nominations here.

Check out the below award-winning short film with Joan Iyiola and Sope Dirisu. The Dead Sea from 6th International Films on Vimeo.