Auditions Access Fund

Following updated advice from the Government on 16 March 2020 around social distancing and avoiding gatherings and travel, and with the closure of theatre venues around the UK, we have taken the decision to adapt our remaining Auditions Access Fund activity to digital Auditions and learning opportunities. 

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

In 2018, as part of our ongoing commitment to outreach, we launched the Auditions Access Fund, supported by NYT Alumnus and Patron Hugh Bonneville. The Auditions Access Fund is a grant which supports free drama workshops and audition days across the UK, for young people with limited access to the arts. 

Now in its second year, we're working with partners from schools, youth groups and learning departments from Glasgow to Cornwall, Scarborough to Derry and deliver this free activity. 

In 2020 we're partnering with 

  • Black Ticket Project, Bush Theatre London 
  • Theatr Clwyd, Flintshire 
  • Lourdes School, Glasgow 
  • Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Itchen College, Southampton 
  • Pool Academy, Cornwall 
  • Nottingham University Samworth Academy, Nottingham
  • The Playhouse, Derry
  • Theatre Royal, Plymouth 
  • The Studio, Widnes 
  • Scarborough Tec, Scarborough 

Applications are now closed to take part in 2020 

“I loved it. It was an experience that I’ll never forget” – 2019 participant 


"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  

More about our 2020 partners 

Black Ticket Project, Bush Theatre, London 
Sat 15 Feb & Sat 4 April 

Established by Producer and NYT Alumna Tobi Kyeremateng, BTP offers free theatre tickets to Black young people. Our BTPxNational Youth Theatre Auditions Access Fund dates will exclusively open to Black participants* aged 14-25 and will take place at the Bush Theatre in London.

*Black refers to Black African, Caribbean, African-American and Afro-Latinx heritage, including mixed-Black heritage.

Theatr Clwyd, Flintshire 
Dates TBC 

We're collaborating with the Education team at Theatr Clwyd to bring the Auditions Access Fund to North Wales. 

Lourdes School, Glasgow 
Fri 14 Feb & Fri 13 March

A secondary school based in the southside of Glasgow. We're working with Lourdes, local schools, and MCR Pathways in the area. 

Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Itchen College, Southampton 
Fri 28 Feb & Sun 15 March

The Auditions Access Fund returns to Southampton for a second year, this time working once again with Itchen College as well as the learning team at Nuffield Southampton Theatres. 

Pool Academy, Cornwall 
Tues 21 Jan & Sun 2 Feb

We're working with Pool Academy and local schools in the area to bring the Auditions Access Fund to West Cornwall. 

Nottingham University Samworth Academy, Nottingham 
Weds 11 March & Thurs 19 March 

A co-educational secondary school and sixth form in Nottingham, we're working with NUSA to engage students from schools and youth groups in the local area 

The Playhouse, Derry
Tues 17 Feb & Sun 8 March

The Auditions Access Fund returns to Derry for a second year, working with the learning team at the theatre. 

Theatre Royal, Plymouth 
Sat 22 Feb & Sat 29 Feb 

We'll be working with young people in Plymouth through Theatre Royal's Young Company Hubs, as well as Doorstep Arts Torbay. 

The Studio, Widnes
Sun 1 March & Sun 22 March  

Following on from our community tour of Lost Boys which visited The Studio, Widnes - we'll be returning to the area.  

Scarborough Tec, Scarborough 
Sat 15 Feb & Sat 7 March

A further education college, we're working with Scarborough Tec to help us engage local young people in the Scarborough area 


How do I get involved in the Auditions Access Fund? 

We’re working with each of our partners to engage targeted groups in getting involved with our Auditions Access Fund activity. 

If you’re aged 14-25, local to one of our partners, and wouldn’t be able to audition for NYT otherwise - you can apply to take part directly via this form. 

Work for a state school, youth organisation, or learning department and want to get your young people involved in the Auditions Access Fund in 2021? Email 

I'm signed up to take part in an Auditions Access Fund workshop and audition...what does that mean? 

You'll be getting involved in one of our free three hour interactive workshops which will introduce you to drama, auditioning and National Youth Theatre. At our free audition day you'll take part in a workshop in the morning and then will have an indivdiual audition slot in the afternoon, where you can perform a monologue, poem, or tell a story - it's your chance to show us a little of what you've got. 

If you're signed up, you will receive an information pack with the full information. 

What happens if I am successful in my audition? 

If you successfully audition you will be invited to join one of the National Youth Theatre's residential summer courses in London. 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 Auditions Access Fund is not the only way to audition for National Youth Theatre. 

Our Auditions and Backstage Interviews roadshow visits venues across the UK. Fee waivers and bursaries are available. 

Live 25 miles away from all of our Audition venues? Take a look at our £5 digital auditions. Digital Auditions are also open to young people with a disability or health condition who might prefer to audition remotely. 

Work in a school? We also offer the chance to bring a National Youth Theatre audition day to your school, with concessionary rates available to state schools. Find out more here 

Auditions and Backstage Interviews