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Young Technicians

Are you interested in lighting, sound, video and automation? Are you aged between 14–18? Then our technical theatre programme could be for you!

The National Theatre’s Young Technicians programme launched at our South Bank venue in 2017 and expanded into a hybrid Nationwide Young Technicians course in 2023.

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Applications now open

Young Technicians offers an exciting opportunity to develop technical skills, discover routes into the industry and learn from top industry professionals about sound, lighting and stages. In weekly workshops you will be introduced to the basics of technical theatre through demonstrations and practical activities.

This opportunity takes place at the National Theatre on the South Bank in London, and therefore we aim to offer and prioritise places to those based in London, or who can travel to London easily and safely throughout the programme.

This project is free to take part in and access support and travel bursaries are available to those in the Greater London area.

Date: every Tuesday evening from 10 September – 17 December 2024
Workshop: 5pm – 8pm
Location: All sessions will take place at the National Theatre, London

Please note: You must be able to attend the full course to take part. As part of the course, you will receive a free ticket to watch an evening performance at the National Theatre. This opportunity is for young people aged 14 – 18.

Apply for Young Technicians

Applications close on Monday 1 July at 10am.

Five people standing around a lighting desk in a rehearsal room. Hard hats in the background.

Nationwide Young Technicians

The Nationwide Young Technicians programme runs once a year as an online and in-person programme, delivered with partner venues across the UK. It is open to those aged 13-19 years old. Once you have completed the course you will have the opportunity to join the Young Technicians alumni group, which is designed to offer further opportunities.

The Nationwide Young Technicians digital course forms part of our Connections and Young Technicians collaboration, and is in partnership with HOME Manchester, Nottingham Playhouse and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

You can take part in the digital course only, or you can take part both online and in person with one of our partner venues. The application is your chance to tell us about your interest in any element of technical theatre. You can write, record or video your answers (within the word and time limits).

Applications are now closed. 


A young person wearing an orange hard hat is shown how to position a theatre light by a technician


We are furthering our commitment to diversity and access by concentrating recruitment in these areas that we recognise are currently underrepresented in the field of technical theatre:

  • Young people who identify as Female, Trans and/or Non-Binary;
  • Young people from the Global majority;
  • Young people from working class backgrounds; and
  • Young people who identify as D/deaf or disabled.

No prior experience in the industry is needed to join our Young Technicians programme, just a passion for theatre.

What participants say:

Anna, 17

I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have completed the [Young Technicians] course, for the resources provided to us.

I also feel super grateful that this opportunity has helped me get involved with HOME theatre. As following on from the two sessions there, we were given the opportunity to shadow a production, which was great experience.

Zara, 16

It has been pretty difficult to find work experience available for people under the age of 18. I think [Young Technicians] has been a great way to sort of kickstart going into the industry and gave me more confidence to ask, to be able to then get more work experience.

Having a course where you’re taught things by professionals and having specific people coming in, it was definitely key in moving forward in this sort of career path.  

Camila, 15

[Young Technicians] really helped me understand what actually goes on. It was long enough for me to actually remember it.

It also helped me with improving making friends. You can talk to people, then you know them, and your communication skills just improve.

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Carmel Macaree
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National Theatre Young Technicians, 2023

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