21st-28th July | It’s been a busy week at the NYT
Saturday saw the closing night of our Playing Up Company’s production of THREE at the Arcola Theatre directed by NYT Associate Director Anna Niland. The show went down a storm and was warmly received by audiences.
Three rocketed all the way over the moon (★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – voicemag.uk)
The production marked the end of the Playing Up company’s ten months with NYT, and they will be missed. Many graduates of the scheme go on to pursue a career in theatre, and continue their training either in drama school, University or with the NYT REP Company, so we’re sure their futures will be bright.
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This week our Backstage Courses kicked off at Rose Bruford in Sidcup, in Lighting, Sound, Stage Management, Scenic Construction and Costume.
The first week has seen our members have an introduction to their technical department, as well getting a taster of another technical department each morning. The courses have been going brilliantly so far, and will culminate in two weeks time with an end of course presentation. Next week Epic Stages starts at Rose Bruford, our Junior Courses at LABAN and masterclasses kick off in Acting for Screen and Start Up Summer!
Check out some lighting work by one of our course participants!
REP Company Open Rehearsal | Educators Event
On Monday night, the NYT welcomed a whole host of teachers and educators to our Holloway Road Rehearsal rooms, to watch an open rehearsal of our REP Company’s production of Frantic Assembly’s Othello, coming to the Ambassadors Theatre, 6th September to 8th December 2017.
Led by Frantic Assembly’s Simon Pittman the rehearsal gave attending educators an insight into Frantic Assembly methods, as well as what it’s like being an associate director working with young actors. The rehearsal was followed by a Q&A session in which Simon and the members of the REP shared their rehearsal experiences, top tips and thoughts on how music impacts movement. The energy and enthusiasm evident in the rehearsal room on Monday made clear that this is going to be one hell of a show.
East End Season Rehearsals
Rehearsals have begun for our East End Season at the Yard Theatre. The cast of Blue Stockings got their dancing shoes on in rehearsals this week, and Helen Murray was there to capture it all.
Just today rehearsals got underway for the return of Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist. If that wasn’t reason enough to celebrate, Mohsin was also nominated for the Man Booker Prize for the second time this week, as he has been long-listed for Exit West! He was previously shortlisted for The Reluctant Fundamentalist. On Monday rehearsals for our final Yard Theatre show this season, The Host begin. Keep your eyes peeled on our social media for photos and updates.
Find your stage | 2018 Auditions and Backstage Interviews OPEN
We’ve been busy in the office this week, as Auditions and Backstage Interviews for 2018 have just gone on sale. From Plymouth, to Birmingham to Elgin, in February and March the NYT will be heading all over the UK for its Auditions and Backstage Interviews. Some dates have already sold out, so if you or if you know anybody who might be interested don’t delay.
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Coram Collaboration | Wherever I lay my head
A couple of weeks ago the NYT worked in collaboration with Coram, the UK’s first children’s charity, to stage a 30 minute piece of drama by Jamila Gavin. The NYT last worked with Jamila for Razia at Glasgow tramway a few years back.
The piece was staged at The Foundling Museum, one of the best places in the country supporting philanthropy and care for young people. The story focused on refugee, the power of sleep to improving wellbeing, as well as the issue of child migration versus public resources.
The production is now in the planning stages of an atrium tour around parts of the UK.
Vacancy | Playing Up Course Assistant
We are recruiting for a new Playing Up Course Assistant. The main focus is to assist in the day to day running of the accredited Playing Up course (Access to HE in Theatre Arts) delivered by the National Youth Theatre to NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) young people.
Applicants should be current or past NYT members and have completed the Creative Pathways training.