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Young people

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Whether you’re into writing or producing, lighting or sound, performing on stage or making it happen backstage – there’s something here for you.

We work with young people aged 13–25 to explore every aspect of theatre-making. Join in where you are, online or at the National Theatre on London’s South Bank.

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In person

Find out what programmes you, or your school or youth group, can get involved with. At the National Theatre on London’s South Bank and across the UK.

'Is This Good Enough' by Avaes Mohammad, performed by Eastbury Drama Group. Four young people dress colourful in front of a graffiti wall set.

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Have you ever wanted to put on a play? Great news! Connections is here to help.

The National Theatre’s annual youth drama festival is open to schools and youth groups at all levels of experience. Now in its 29th year, over 100,000 young people have taken part. That’s the equivalent of selling out the Olivier 90 times over!

Find out more about Connections

Find out how to put on a play with Connections

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In Focus: theatre-making workshops

The National Theatre’s In Focus workshops are open access to anyone aged 13-25 who wants to take part, meet new people and see theatre.

Each workshop is based around a current National Theatre production and will focus on different areas of theatre-making.

Find out more about In Focus

Young Producers

The National Theatre’s free How to be a Producer programme runs every February half-term at our building on the South Bank and is open to those aged 18–25.

Applications for our 2024 course are now open!

Find out more about Young Producers and apply here

In person and online

An Introduction to Stage Management

Learn all about the world of stage management with this free and hybrid course for those aged 16–21.

Find out more about our Stage Management course

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Young Technicians

The National Theatre’s Young Technicians programme provides free technical theatre training for young people aged 13–18.

You can apply to take part at the National Theatre in London or as part of the nationwide Young Technicians programme.

Get involved with Young Technicians

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Young Technicians at the River Stage Festival 2022

In partnership

We are currently working on multi-year creative project in collaboration with people and community organisations across North Kensington, alongside our production Grenfell: in the words of survivors.

As part of this, some of our young people’s programmes will be run in the area specifically for young people who live, work, study or socialise in North Kensington. This year, both Space to Create and Writing for Theatre both took place in person at Morley College, in North Kensington.

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Photography by Avpics. Art by Sophie Lodge.
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Space to Create

The National Theatre’s Space to Create programme brings together young people aged 16–21 to devise and create bold new theatre.

Find out more about Space to Create

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Writing for Theatre

Ever thought about writing a play but don’t know how to get started? Our free playwriting course for 16–25-year-olds can help.

Learn more about Writing for Theatre


Whatever stage you’re at in your career, find opportunities at the National Theatre.


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Emerging stage designers

The Linbury Prize is for graduating stage designers. It’s open for applications every two years and designed to help support entry into the industry.

The Linbury Prize

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Work Placements

Take your first steps into the theatre industry – we have short-term placements available for over-18s.

Work placements for over 18s

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The National Theatre runs an apprenticeship programme across all areas of the organisation.


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Archive Volunteers

Volunteer placements are available year-round for UK residents in our Archive.

Volunteering with the Archive

Our funders

The Young People’s programmes are supported by Bank of America, The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and the Richard Radcliffe Trust. With thanks to the MAP Fund.

The Mohn Westlake Foundation supports nationwide Learning programmes for young people.

Nationwide learning is supported by Buffini Chao Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Clore Duffield Foundation, Tim and Sarah Bunting, Behrens Foundation, Cleopatra Trust and Milton Grundy Foundation.

Find out more about supporting our work