Auditions Access Fund

The National Youth Theatre's Auditions Access Fund supported by Hugh Bonneville

As part of the National Youth Theatre's ongoing commitment to outreach and access, we've launched a new Auditions Access Fund, supported by NYT Alumnus and Patron Hugh Bonneville. The grant of £37,500 will support free participation in workshops and auditions over three years at 30 schools and youth groups around Great Britain which have lost drama provision. 

Our 2019 Partner Venues 

We're delighted to announce the first of our partner organisations and venues for 2019, with more to be announced in coming weeks, as: 

  • Theatre for Life Youth Theatre - Southampton
  • Pembrokeshire College - Haverfordwest
  • The Ebbsfleet Academy - Ebbsfleet, Kent 
  • Cockburn John Charles Academy - Leeds
  • The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College - Hartlepool  
  • Liskeard School and Community College - Liskeard, Cornwall 

If you're a young person aged 14-25 local to the area who wishes to take part in the free workshop and audition, you can apply to take part here


"The chance for young people to explore their creative talents is essential for their development. For some, taking part in drama can inspire a career in the creative industries; for all, it provides invaluable skills, building confidence in communication and self-expression. The decline of drama in schools and cuts to local youth theatre groups is a reality, which is why I am establishing the NYT Audition Access Fund. This initiative will give young talent in specially selected areas of the country where access to drama is under threat the chance to audition for and experience the National Youth Theatre for free. Becoming a member of the NYT changed my life and I’m delighted to be playing my part in giving the next generation a similar opportunity."  

Hugh Bonneville  


How do I get my school or youth group involved? 
To register your interest and learn more about this opportunity on behalf of your school or youth group please complete the short online form here and we will be in touch. 

Applications are now closed 

When will the auditions take place? 
The Audition Access Fund auditions will happen at the same time as our annual national auditions. Next year this will be between January - March 2019. Anyone aged between 14-25 can take part.  

What happens if I am successful? 
If you successfully audition or interview you will be invited to join one of the National Youth Theatre's prestigious summer courses. Following the course you will become a company member of the organisation which can open doors to a wealth of further opportunities within the National Youth Theatre and beyond. Find out more about NYT Membership 

How else can the National Youth Theatre help me take part? 

The National Youth Theatre Bursary Fund 
We strongly believe in offering equal opportunities and pride ourselves on accessibility. Bursaries are available on request to help cover the cost of an audition and course fees to those most in need. The NYT Bursary Fund is high in demand so we ask you only to apply for a bursary if you are experiencing financial hardship. They are means tested and will be offered to part cover transport, course fees or accommodation costs should you be successful in gaining a place. Find out more and apply 

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