Masterclass: Start-Up Saturdays

16 Sep 2017
Ages 11-14, new term starting 16th September 2017


'Start-Up - the action or process of setting something in motion’

A Saturday class for 11-14 year-olds from the National Youth Theatre

This brand new course offers young people age 11-14 the opportunity to engage with the NYT and develop their early interests in performance before auditioning to become a member of the company. 

Participants will explore the NYT’s approach to ensemble theatre making through story telling, devising, music, dance, characters and chorus. While the final week of term is open to family and friends to see their work. 

10 week term: £250 (10am – 1pm or 2pm – 5pm) 

Start-Up Summer (short course, full day): £329 (10am – 5pm) 

Location: National Youth Theatre Rehearsal Rooms, 443-445 Holloway Road, London, N7 6LW

Term dates: 

Start-Up Summer: 31st July - 5th August 2017 (six day short course) 

Autumn Term: Starting 16th September 2017 (ten week term)
Winter Term: Starting 6th January 2018 (ten week term) 

Terms are led by a variety of NYT directors and associate artists offering an assortment of practice in every session so young people can attend more than one term and learn different skills and techniques. While course dates and term times are fixed, we do appreciate 100% attendance isn’t always possible, and  welcome participants to join in even if the term has already started. The final sharing of work is an informal, non-compulsory event, while we encourage as many participants as possible to be involved.

Summer Term Course Leader: Mark Weinman  

Mark studied Drama at the University of Manchester. As a writer, his debut play Dyl will open at the Old Red Lion Theatre in May.

As an actor his credits include: 

Theatre:  SO HERE WE ARE and MR NOODLES(Royal Exchange), CAPTAIN AMAZING (Soho Theatre/Live/UK Tour), PRIME TIME, THE BASH and SERJEANT MUSGRAVES DANCE (Royal Court); STILL KILLING TIME and EATING ICE CREAM ON GAZA BEACH (Soho Theatre); HERONS (Stephen Joseph/Manchester Library Theatre); FASTBURN (KneeHigh Theatre); THE HAIRY APE (Southwark Playhouse); THE EMPEROR JONES (National Theatre); BARROW HILL (Finborough Theatre); EDMOND (Theatre Royal Haymarket) SANDY 123 (The Roundhouse)



  • Masterclass for 11-14 year-olds
  • 10 Saturday Sessions in one term
  • 3 Hour Sessions
  • No Audition Required


Course Guide

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  • London - National Youth Theatre

    16 Sep 2017 10:00AM

    11 slots available
  • London - National Youth Theatre

    16 Sep 2017 02:00PM

    7 slots available