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Resources - Video on Demand

Posted 15 Jul 2023 by Joe Duggan

Check out these interviews, archived workshops, and helpful resources from National Youth Theatre.

These resources have been curated for NYT Hub Subscribers and shouldn't be shared publicly. Scroll down to watch workshops and Q&As with Ian McKellen (NEW) Rosamund Pike, James Graham, Daisy Edgar-Jones. Joan Iyiola and more.

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Archived Workshops

Alternative paths into the industry with Alistair Wilkinson

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Read more about Alistair below:

Alistair is a highly-experienced, award-winning, queer, working class and disabled artist, originally from Manchester, now living in East London. They trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, as well as on The Royal Court’s Invitation Writers Group, and also completed an MA at RADA/Birkbeck. In the past they have made work for organisations such as The BBC, Sky Arts, The National Theatre, The Old Vic, Barbican Centre, Shoreditch Town Hall, Arcola Theatre, and Curious Monkey, amongst many others. A lot of Alistair’s work focuses on themes of grief, sickness, intimacy and intoxication. They are the former Head of Artist Development at The Old Vic; and are currently leading on all talent development at Punchdrunk, working in the UK, internationally and digitally. They are an Associate Artist at The National Youth Theatre, a Connect Artist for RTYDS, a Trustee for Boundless, and a Script Reader for The Bush Theatre, Theatre Uncut, and The Papatango Prize. Alistair is the Founder and Creative Director of WoLab, and to date, they have raised over £1.77m in funding for various artistic projects.

How to Crack your audition with Rosie Dwyer and Simon Lennon

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Join us for a 90-minute workshop with Simon Lennon & Rosie Dwyer on how to best prepare yourself for casting auditions so that you can do your best work! Learn how to best prepare and how to stand out. This workshop will look at Simon and Rosie's individual journeys, while they share their tips and tricks to do an audition that sticks!

More about Simon:

Simon is an actor, writer and producer from Liverpool. He trained with the National Youth Theatre REP Company in 2013 and has worked in television, film and theatre with companies such as Netflix, Disney, BBC, ITV, Almeida Theatre, Ambassador's Theatre and EA Sports.

Simon is also the co-founder/co-producer of the new writing company, Itch + Scratch and has recently produced two short films. 

More about Rosie:

Rosie Dwyer is an actor who grew up in the West Midlands. She trained with the National Youth Theatre in 2014 and has since worked in TV, Film and Theatre. Some of her recent credits include “The A List” and “Sex Education” on Netflix and the 2022 feature film “Death on the Nile”.

An Introduction to Playwriting with Anna Spearpoint

Over these two workshops, we will cover the basics in writing plays. We'll start with a few creative warm-ups before moving on to character, structure, dialogue, and the classic question of 'where do we get ideas from?!'. I'll also discuss the life of a playwright; how work gets put on and how to stay motivated.

Anna Spearpoint trained with the National Youth Theatre REP company and Soho Theatre Writers' Lab. She is a writer, actor, and Associate Artist of the National Youth Theatre. Her play 'Omelette' won the Arcola 'Playwrought' competition and was nominated for the Origins Awards for Outstanding New Work when it debuted at VAULT Festival 2020. She has had short plays performed at The Bunker, The Pleasance and in the Paines Plough Roundabout.

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In Conversation with Emma Rice, hosted by Artistic Director, Paul Roseby OBE

Listen to NYT's Paul Roseby on this Zoom recording as we get the chance to sit down and pose questions to the actress, director, Wise Children Artistic Director and former AD of Kneehigh Theatre and the Globe, Emma Rice.

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Exploring Musical Theatre Movement with Layton Williams 

An interactive Musical Theatre movement workshop with Everybody's Talking About Jamie and Bad Education star Layton Williams. No experience neccesary. 

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Producing Theatre on Stage and Online with Daisy Hale 

Join us for an interactive workshop with Producer Daisy Hale introducing the ins and outs of getting a production off the ground - whether it's on stage or online.

Daisy is an Independent Theatre, Cabaret and Events Producer and fundraiser. They primarly work with Queer, Trans* and Disabled artists and specialise in experimental and socially engaged work, currently they work with Willy Hudson, Matty May, Katie Greenall, Pecs Drag Kings and Not Your Circus Dog. Daisy was part of the Old Vic 12 2019 and a Clore Emerging Leader 2020. They are also an access consultant and disability equality trainer for arts organisations. As a fundraiser they support a number of artists and organisations with grant applications, raising £150K+ per year.

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Exploring Movement Direction with Imogen Knight  

Join us for an interactive workshop with Choreographer and Movement Director Imogen Knight, exploring the importance of movement to creating engaging theatre and what the role of a Movement Director entails. 

Imogen is a choreographer, director and movement director whose credits include The Welkin (National Theatre), Uncle Vanya (West End) and The Half God of Rainfall (Fuel Theatre, Kiln Theatre & Birmingham Rep). 

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Creating Immersive Audio Drama - Writing

Thursday 11 February 2021, 6.30pm-8pm 

Work with NYT Associate Artist Tash Hyman to explore writing engaging audio drama through the lens of Land Skeins, a new immersive audio drama series using binaural sound from no more superheroes.

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Building awareness and control in the Voice with Work Your Voice

Work with voice specialists Dom Coyote and Aimée Leonard in this interactive workshop, about building awareness and control in the voice, for both acting and singing, for stage, TV and Voice Over and Radio work.

Dom Coyote is an award winning singer/songwriter, actor and voice coach, who has worked with Kneehigh for the last 15 years. Aimée Leonard is a certified Estill Master Trainer with a background in folk and contemporary music.

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Approaching Writing Monologues with Yolanda Mercy 

Whether you're already a keen writer or just getting started, take part in this session led by writer and performer Yolanda Mercy exploring how to get started on writing a monologue with impact. 

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Careers Fair: Sound, Lighting, Stage Management, Direting and Theatre Making

Find out more about different careers in theatre with composer Renell Shaw, director Jade Lewis, stage manager Sylvia Darkwa-Ohemeng and theatre maker Kwami Odoom.


Getting started with Puppetry with Josie Daxter

Explore the puppetry principles which will allow you to immediately bring an inanimate object to life, with actor and director Josie Daxter.

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Voice Workshop with Ashley Zhangazha 

Learn tools and techniques to help you explore and make the most of your voice with Actor and NYT Associate Ashley Zhangazha. 

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MOVE workshop with Kane Husbands 

Learn a new dance, how to warm-up properly and how to tell stories using your body in a workshop with leading Movement Director and NYT Associate Artist Kane Husbands.  Originally part of a programme of Sky VIP Workshops led by NYT. 


SING workshop with Tamsin Dowsett 

Warm up your voice and sing with confidence in a workshop with West End actress and NYT Associate Tasmin Dowsett. Originally part of a programme of Sky VIP Workshops led by NYT. 


COMEDY workshop with Ste Johnston 

Learn how to make your friends and family laugh in a workshop with National Youth Theatre Associate Ste Johnston. Originally part of a programme of Sky VIP Workshops led by NYT. 


CHARACTER workshop with Mumba Dodwell

Learn the secret to creating brilliant characters in a workshop with Theatre Director and National Youth Theatre Associate Mumba Dodwell. Originally part of a programme of Sky VIP Workshops led by NYT. 


ACT / SHAKESPEARE workshop with Matt Harrison

Shakespeare for beginners, exploring storytelling skills with National Youth Theatres Associate Matt Harrison. Originally part of a programme of Sky VIP Workshops led by NYT. 


SCREEN workshop with Jay Jones 

Top tips on how to perform on camera and make your own film with a phone n a workshop with Film Director and National Youth Theatre Associate Jay Jones. Originally part of a programme of Sky VIP Workshops led by NYT. 


Approaching an Audition Workshop 

Check out this archive recording of a National Youth Theatre workshop for Auditionees from March 2020, featuring a masterclass led by NYT Associate Alex Thorpe on approaching a digital audition, followed by a Q+A session with NYT Associate Anna Spearpoint. 


Archived Q+As and Conversations 

In Conversation with Ben Aldridge 

Hear from NYT Alumnus and actor Ben Aldridge - his career, and top advice for young people. 

Ben is a stage and screen actor best known for his roles in Our Girl, Fleabag and Pennyworth.

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In Coversation with Ian McKellen

Hear from lengendary NYT Patron Ian McKellen in a wide-ranging conversation with NYT CEO and Artistic Director Paul Roseby on acting, theatre and more. 

In part one Paul and Ian discuss what he's been up to in Lockdown, how he stays physically and mentally in shape and an idea for a national arts festival. More of their conversation and questions from members coming soon.

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In Conversation with Lauren Lyle 

Hear from, and get the chance to pose your questions to, NYT REP Alumna and screen actress Lauren Lyle. 

Lauren is best know for her role in the award-winning series Outlander. She graduated from the NYT REP Company in 2015, and now also hosts her own podcast She's a Rec. 

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In Conversation with Daisy Edgar-Jones 

Tune into this archived workshop with Daisy Edgar-Jones 

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In Conversation with Joan Iyiola 

Tune into this archived workshop with Joan Iyiola

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Casting Q+A 

Tune into this archived chat with Anna Niland and Casting Directors and Agents

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Session with Alan Lane 

Tune into this archived workshop with Slung Low Artistic Director, Alan Lane 

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Session with Chantal Rickards OBE on TV

Tune into this archived chat with Chantal Rickards OBE during one of our Members' Meets to find out more about her career and tips on getting into the TV industry.

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Self-Tapes and Screen Work with Rosamund Pike 

Highlights from a masterclass with NYT Alumna Rosamund Pike exploring self-taping and screen work. 

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Writing with Playwright James Graham

This is an archive recording of a Q+A session from May 2020 with award winning writer James Graham, chaired by National Youth Theatre's Artistic Director Paul Roseby.     

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Self-tape Tips with Katy Carmichael 

Check out this video of self-tape top tips from screen actor Katy Carmichael, who initially filmed these tips for participants signed up to a self-tape workshop which moved online in March 2020. 


NYT & Me 

NYT and Me - Episode 1 Mumba Dodwell

NYT and Me is a web series hosted by National Youth Theatre Member Naila Barrett. In Episode 1 Naila interviews actor and director Mumba Dodwell, who was National Youth Theatre's Bryan Forbes Bursary Recipient in 2019, and co-founded the Diversity School Initiative. 


NYT and Me - Episode 2 Tom Allen

NYT Member Naila Barrett talks to NYT alumnus and funny man Tom Allen in the latest episode of NYT & Me.