Masterclass: Start-Up Saturdays

25 Feb 2017 to 01 Apr 2017
Ages 11-14, new term starting 25th February


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

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

Course dates:

25th February - 1st April  (6 consecutive Saturdays, 3 hours each) 

This brand new course will offer young people age 11-14 a chance to engage with the NYT and develop their early interests in performance before auditioning to be a member of the company. Participants will explore the NYT’s approach to ensemble theatre making during six consecutive workshops with a leading NYT director. The final week will be open to friends and family to see their work.

This course will run at The Philbeach Hall, 51 Philbeach Gardens, Earl's Court, London, England, SW5 9EB for six consecutive Saturdays.

Each term follows the below rough structure, but is lead by a different experienced NYT Associate Artists so young people can attend more than one term and will learn different skills. 

Week 1: Get to know each other through games, trust exercises, and start to work as an ensemble  – exploring  how to listen, move, play, create fast-changing atmospheres as a company

Week 2: Story-telling and devising through movement and images

Week 3: Characters and chorus – creating bold characters physically, creating groups of people / animals that share the same physical energy and attitude. 

Week 4: Visiting tutor – music / dance

Week 5: Making “Something out of Nothing” – creating our show!

Week 6: Final rehearsals and performance

Course Leader: Toby Clarke

Toby is a National Youth Theatre Associate & for 2 years Co-managed & taught their Playing Up 10 month Access Course, a program aimed at providing opportunities & mentorship to young people with emotional & financial needs. He continues to work with the NYT as a Director, Tutor & Auditioning new intake. Until recently, he was Head Acting Coach at Identity School of Acting and continues to run his own production company, Sketty Theatre (

Toby begins work as a Youth Director with Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2017 & currently works for the Lyric Hammersmith, Mountview Academy & Tricycle Theatre. With the Lyric, he is working in both their open access & within their inclusivity work, including their REWIND programme, working with young people at risk of exclusion from school.

Toby has most recently run a Masterclass at the Young Vic, alongside Simon Stephens & Gbolahan Obisesan. This led to the theatre offering regular Masterclasses with their Taking Part department throughout 2017. Before the NYT, Toby was Head of Youth Arts at Ovalhouse 2010-2013. 



  • Masterclass for 11-14 year-olds
  • 6 Consecutive Saturdays
  • 3 Hour Sessions
  • No Audition Required


Course Guide

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  • London - The Philbeach

    25 Feb 2017 10:00AM

    13 slots available
  • London - The Philbeach

    25 Feb 2017 02:00PM

    2 slots available