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