Auditions Access Fund

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

The Audition Access Fund was created thanks to support from NYT Patron and alumnus Hugh Bonneville and is now in its third year. It’s designed to remove financial, geographical, cultural and other barriers that might prevent young people auditioning through partnerships with organisations rooted in their communities around the UK.

Our 2021 Partners

Black Ticket Project 
Dates: 6th & 13th March 2021 

Black Sheep Collective, Milton Keynes 
Dates: 17th & 24th March 2021 

Theatr Clwyd, Flintshire
Dates: 23rd and 24th February and 4 March 2021 

Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole 
Dates: 13th February & 20th February 2021 

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton 
Dates: 10th March & 17th March 2021 

The Playhouse, Derry / Londonderry
Dates: 20th February & 6th March 2021 

Royal and Derngate, Northampton 
Dates: 7th March 2021 

Slung Low x Leeds City College, Leeds 
Dates: 24th February & 3rd March 2021 

The Workshop, Kings Lynn
Dates: 6th March & 13th March 2021 

This year we will also be working with Backstage Niche, to provide free taster workshops and free Interviews for our Backstage Courses. 

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


I'm 14-25, how can I get involved as a participant? 

We work closely with our partners who refer young people directly onto our Auditions Access Fund activity. However, we sometimes have additional places on the activity, so if you are aged 14-25, local to our 2021 partner organisations, and have limited access to opportunities in the arts, you can apply to take part in the activity here

Before you apply please read this information about the programme. 

What is the Auditions Access Fund? 

The Auditions Access Fund is a grant which supports free drama workshops and auditions for young people with limited access to the arts. 

Each partner organisation we work with will receive: 

  • Two online workshops for their young people: These are faciliated by NYT Associate Artists, and focused on introducing the young people to drama, NYT and the audition process. 
  • Free Hub Subscriptions for every participant: This provides access to an online space which offers free industry workshops, resources and the chance to Audition for NYT
  • Free NYT Auditions for every participant: Every participant will be able to access a free NYT Audition, which this year will take the form of a self-tape digital audition, via the Hub. Full instructions on how to submit their audition tape will be covered as part of the online workshops. 

How do I become an Auditions Access Fund partner? 

Every year we work with 10 partners who currently work with young people aged 14-25, who have limited access to arts provision or are from backgrounds currently underrepresented in Theatre. 

We're looking for partners who are passionate about access to the arts, already have a group of young people who would be suitable participants, and have links to their local area to help us reach young people who may not currently participate in the partner's existing activity. 

Applications to be a 2021 partner have now closed. 


How else can the National Youth Theatre support me in taking part? 

The Auditions Access Fund is not the only way to audition to join the National Youth Theatre. 

Anyone based in the UK and aged 11-25 can join the NYT Hub to access workshops and resources. If you're aged 14-25 you can also take part in one of our Digital Intake Auditions, via the Hub. Fee Waivers and Bursaries are available to support participation.

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

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 Intake Courses. Following the course you will become National Youth Theatre Member and gain access to a whole host of opportunities including workshops, Creative Leadership training, external castings, and more. 

Auditions Access Fund Partners

Every year we recruit Auditions Access Fund partners through both an open application process and targeted outreach work. 


  • Black Ticket Project, National* 
  • Black Sheep Collective, Milton Keynes 
  • Theatr Clwyd, Flintshire
  • Eden Court, Inverness 
  • Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole 
  • Mayflower Theatre, Southampton 
  • The Playhouse, Derry 
  • Royal and Derngate, Northampton 
  • Slung Low x Leeds City College, Leeds 
  • The Workshop, Kings Lynn

Aged 14-25 and local to our 2021 partner organisations? You can apply to take part in the activity here 

*Our activity with Black Ticket Project is open specifically to Black young people 


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


  • Theatre for Life Youth Theatre & Itchen College, Southampton 
  • Pembrokeshire College, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire 
  • 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 
  • The Playhouse, Derry 
  • Fusion Young Performers, Minehead, Somerset 
  • The Core, Corby 
  • Belgrade Theatre, Coventry 


"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

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