Masterclass: Start-Up Saturdays

27 Apr 2019 to 13 Jul 2019
10 Saturday sessions


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

Applications for Term 1 are now closed. Start-Up Term 2 will be open for booking soon in Pimlico, Archway and Wimbledon. 

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

Too young to audition? 

Take part in the National Youth Theatre’s only weekly Saturday class for 11-14s. Tear up the script,  experience the thrill of a silent rave or devise your own play featuring your favourite TV character! Led by experienced NYT associate artists, Start-Up Saturdays encourages young people to put their passion for performance and idea’s into action. Across a ten -week term, participants explore storytelling, devising theatre, movement, music and character.

The final week of term is open to family and friends to see a sharing of the work. The programme is ideal for those wishing to develop an early interests in performance before auditioning to become a member of the company. 

Terms are led by a variety of NYT directors and associate artists offering an assortment of practice in every session, so young people can attend more than one term and learn different skills and techniques. While course dates and term times are fixed, we do appreciate 100% attendance isn’t always possible and  welcome participants to join in even if the term has already started.

The final sharing of work is an informal, non-compulsory event, while we encourage as many participants as possible to be involved.  All abilities welcome. 

Cost | 10 week term: £259 (10am – 1pm or 2pm – 5pm)  

Current venues: 
ARCHWAY - 10am - 1pm or 2pm - 5pm 
Archway Methodist Church, 6 Archway Rd, London N19 3TD (Archway, North London)
WIMBLEDON -  10am - 1pm or 2pm - 5pm
Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, London SW18 4ES (Wimbledon, South West London)   
Earlsfield Library, 276 Magdalen Rd, London SW18 3NY (Wimbledon, South West London) 
PIMLICO - 10am - 1pm or 2pm - 5pm 
St James the Less, Moreton St, Pimlico, London SW1V 2PS (Pimlico, South London) 

Term dates in 2019-2020 
Applications are done online, select from the below classes currently available. When setting up an account, we advise entering the participants name and relevant information with your contact details.  

Term 1 | South London, North London and South West London   
Term 2 | South London, North London and South West London
Term 3 | South London, North London and South West London

TERM 1 - Pimlico & Archway 

27 April 2019           
4 May 2019       
11 May 2019            
18 May 2019               
8 June 2019            
15 June 2019             
22 June 2019            
29 June 2019          
6 July 2019
13 July 2019                 

TERM 1 - Tara Arts / Earlsfield Library*
 *Please note there are two venues for this Term.
Earlsfield Library is a 2 minute walk from Tara Arts. 

27 April 2019  (Tara Arts) 
4 May 2019 (Earlsfield Library) 
11 May 2019 (Tara Arts)
18 May 2019 (Tara Arts)
8 June 2019  (Earlsfield Library)          
15 June 2019 (Earlsfield Library)          
22 June 2019 (Earlsfield Library)           
29 June 2019 (Earlsfield Library)
6 July 2019 (Earlsfield Library)
13 July 2019 (Earlsfield Library)




  • Masterclass for 11-14 year-olds
  • 10 Saturday Sessions in one term
  • 3 Hour Sessions
  • No Audition Required
  • Currently available in London


Course Guide
Applications are Closed

Term 1Start-Up Saturday's is now full. If you would like to express an interest in our Term 2 (Starting in September 2019) please submit your details here and we'll get in touch soon.