A London Theatre Experience


Register your interest for London Theatre Experience  (2020)

A London Theatre Experience is a three-week National Youth Theatre course designed to offer a fully immersive experience in theatre making whilst developing your talent in the heart of London’s ‘Theatreland’. You will work with a variety of NYT Associates from organisations including London's National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Globe and the BBC. This exclusive programme will also offer you the opportunity to perform on stage at top theatre venue the heart of London’s West End to an invited audience. A stimulating range of cultural activities will be organised alongside the practical programme. You will experience Olivier award-winning West End theatre productions, visit London’s finest galleries and museums and enjoy backstage tours of some of the UK’s most prestigious arts venues.

The experience includes:

  • Six theatre trips 
  • Two day workshop in Acting for Screen
  • Two day workshop in Audition Technique 
  • Backstage tour of Drury Lane and National Theatre 
  • Two weeks of skills training with National Youth Theatre Associate Artists  
  • One week of rehearsals with a professional theatre director 
  • Performing on a West End stage 
  • Written and verbal feedback 
  • Take home showreel footage 
  • Option to audition for future opportunities within the organisation 

Course content: 

Week 1 – Developing Skills 
During the first week you will focus on working as an ensemble and fundamental acting skills. You will practice the professional discipline of warming-up and be introduced to specialist performance skills including improvisation, voice, movement and naturalism. 

Week 2 – Developing Practice 
The second week will focus on rehearsal and preparation of scenes and monologues alongside the development of theatre practice and theatre making skills. 

Week 3 – Developing Performance 
The final week gives you the opportunity to put your skills developed in weeks one and two into practice in two contexts, a final performance on stage at West End London theatre, and in an Acting for Screen masterclass. (Includes take home footage)    

Course leader: 

Paul Edwards:
Paul has worked extensively in the UK and overseas as a director, actor, and educator, specialising primarily in training emerging actors.  Currently an Associate Lecturer at the London College of Music and Associate Artist of the National Youth Theatre, Paul has also directed and facilitated work at Southwark Playhouse, Almeida Theatre, Old Vic Theatre and Hoxton Hall.  Alongside his educational work and theatre portfolio in the UK Paul is a founder member of Hanyong Theatre with whom he toured Korea, Japan and Australia, and in his role as International Associate for Studio 18 Malta is currently developing a new site-specific piece to be performed as part of Valetta 2018: European Capital of Culture in November.
Directing credits include:  White City/Black Country, Talking to Shorty, Before the Law (National Youth Theatre of GB); West Side Story (London College of Music); Digital Ghosts/Children of the Revolution, Feather's in the Snow (as Associate Director),  Every Human Creature, The Arsonists, Peer Gynt (Southwark Playhouse); Hero’s Journey (Hoxton Hall); Machinal, Attempts on Her Life, Pornography, The Wonderful World of Dissocia (Buckinghamshire New University/Courtyard Theatre); 179 Hackney Road (BRIT School/Bussey Building);  Caucasian Chalk Circle, Our Day Out, 1984, Animal Farm (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre).

Course Fees: 

Deposit Payment: £375 
Course Fee: £3,750* (includes all activities & theatre tickets) See course guide for more information. 
For more information regarding course content, leaders, course fees, accommodation and how to apply, please download the course guide.

*Course fees subject to change 

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  • For ages 16 - 25 years
  • 3 week summer course
  • Online video application
  • Includes all theatre trips and excursions


Course Guide
Applications are Closed

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