Masterclass: Start-Up Saturdays

11 Jan 2020 to 28 Mar 2020
10 Saturday sessions


'Offers a stellar beginning for young actors." 
BBC Radio 4

Applications for Autumn Term are now open in Pimlico, Archway and Wandsworth. 

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. 

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

Current venues: 
-  10am - 1pm or 2pm - 5pm 
St James the Less, Moreton St, Pimlico, London SW1V 2PS (Pimlico, South London) 
WANDSWORTH -  10am - 1pm or 2pm - 5pm 
Earlsfield Library, 276 Magdalen Rd, London SW18 3NY (Wandsworth, South West London) 
ARCHWAY  -  10am - 1pm (SOLD OUT) or 2pm - 5pm 
Hargrave Hall Community Centre, Hargrave Rd, Archway, London N19 5SP

Term dates in 2019-2020 
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. 
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.  

Summer Term | South London, North London and South West London   
Autumn Term | South London, North London and South West London
SpringTerm | South London, North London and South West London 

Spring Term dates (Now open for booking)

For all venues  

11th January 2020
18th January 2020
25th January 2020
1st February 2020
8th February 2020
29th February 2020
7th  March 2020 
14th March 2020
21st March 2020
28th March 2020




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


Course Guide

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  • London - Hargrave Hall, Archway

    11 Jan 2020 02:00PM

    7 slots available
  • Earlsfield Library

    11 Jan 2020 10:00AM

    16 slots available
  • Earlsfield Library

    11 Jan 2020 02:00PM

    8 slots available
  • London - St James the Less, Pimlico

    11 Jan 2020 02:00PM

    7 slots available
  • London - St James the Less, Pimlico

    11 Jan 2020 10:00AM

    2 slots available