Go See: Act now in theatre groups across London

Camilla Gurtler

Insights Editor

Interested in acting and performance? Camilla gives you the lowdown on workshops and opportunities across London that you can apply to take part in.

Are you a budding actor? Looking to sharpen up those skills that will wipe the floor at your drama school auditions? Or maybe you just want to explore what theatre-making is all about. Truth is, you need somewhere to flex those muscles, but good performance training is hard to find, especially somewhere that doesn’t empty your piggybank forever. So, if you’re thinking about drama school, or just want to give theatre a shot, here are some amazing youth programmes in London you can get involved with.

Central London: Young Vic – Taking Part

Credit: Photograph, Leon-Puplett.
Want to be part of one of the most exciting theatres in the country? Of course you do! The Young Vic’s ‘Taking Part’ programme offers a variety of free projects and workshops for 13-25 year-olds. They provide free tickets, projects and holiday workshops, and you can take part in their parallel productions. You don’t need previous experience, and they also offer courses for budding directors and designers. It’s all about those stepping stones, no?

Taking Part is FREE and open to young people who live or study in Lambeth and Southwark

Contact the team for individual project times

Taking Part
Various dates and times
Young Vic
66 The Cut
London SE1 8LZ

North London: Camden Youth Theatre

Credit: Photograph, David Monteith Hodge.
Camden Youth Theatre is a love-child of Camden People’s Theatre and New Diorama, two of the most supportive theatres for emerging theatre makers. The youth theatre is based at the Old Diorama Arts Centre and introduces local young people aged 13-19 to the skills they need to make their own inventive new theatre. Both theatres are known for celebrating new and collaborative ways of making work, so expect to take the reins and really grow your imagination.

Camden Youth Theatre is FREE and open to young people who locally

Contact the team for more details

Camden Youth Theatre
Mondays 6.30-9pm (during term time)
201 Drummond Street
London NW1

South East London: Glypt

Credit: Photograph, courtesy of GLYPT.
GLYPT is a well-known advocate for young people and just has a sweet bit of everything. Especially their Progression programme for young people aged 16-30 is about uncovering your potential with industry professionals and a variety of opportunities. Their new season Play/Out has workshops, scratch nights, performances… it’s like a mini-industry in itself! So if you want a theatre family with a broad skills-set, this is the one for you.

GLYPT offers a series of activities, some of which are FREE

Contact the team for more details

Various dates and times
The Tramshed
51—53 Woolwich New Road
London SE18 6ES

South West London: Group 64

Credit: Photograph, Leon Puplett.
Group 64 is one of those awesome places that places its young people and their ideas at the front. They offer opportunities to develop skills in performance, directing and technical theatre, so if you are a jack of all trades, head to Putney and take some creative control. Every year they offer two budding directors the chance to direct a show at Putney Arts Theatre… I mean, it doesn’t get any better than this, does it?

Group 64 offer some FREE places by application

Contact the team for more details

Mondays 5.30-7.30pm / Tuesdays 6-8pm
Putney Arts Theatre
Ravenna Road
London SW15 6AW

East London: The Yard Theatre

Credit: Photograph, courtesy of The Yard Theatre.
The Yard Theatre is one of those effortlessly cool theatres that just makes really exciting work. They’re known for their radicalism and experimentation, for giving young people a voice. And now they’ve created the Queen’s Yard Company for performers aged 15-19. They shape the company from the people in the room, and through weekly workshops develop skills and ideas, before creating a performance for the Yard stage. The professionals go here, so what are you waiting for?

The Queen’s Yard Company is FREE by application.

Contact the team for more details

The Yard Theatre
Wednesdays 5-7.30pm
Unit 2A
Queen’s Yard
White Post Lane
London E9 5EN

East London: Theatre Royal Stratford East

Credit: Photograph, Slav Kirichok.
Theatre Royal Stratford East is bang opposite Westfield and is for creative and curious young people aged 13 – 24. They have a number of youth companies, all designed to find the artistic in you. You get to work with professionals and be part of a theatre that’ll knock your socks off. There is a company for everyone; for those with little experience to those that are ambitious and hungry to make it.

Theatre Royal Stratford East is open to young people across London.

Contact the team for more details on individual projects times and costs.

Theatre Royal Stratford East
Various dates and times
Gerry Raffles Square
London E15 1BN

West London: White City Youth Theatre

Credit: Photograph, courtesy of White City Youth Theatre.
White City Youth Theatre puts theatre at the heart of the community and vice versa and is based at the big diversity champion, the Bush Theatre. They bring together young people from all backgrounds aged 11-18 and is a place where you discuss topical issues through theatre. If you’re looking for a place that’s supportive, where you can explore your own voice through performance and are really guided through your development, then look no further!

White City Youth Theatre is FREE and open to young people from the White City neighbourhood

Contact the team for more details

White City Youth Theatre
Mondays 6-7.30pm (during term time)
The Bush Theatre
7 Uxbridge Road
Shepherds Bush
London W12 8LJ

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