Last week I was offered a place on the National Youth Theatre’s “Epic Stages” acting course. This is an intensive course, and at four weeks stands as the longest acting course offered at NYT. Upon course completion I will become a National Youth Theatre member, gaining access to external auditions as well as auditions for NYT’s own productions, staged in the West End, around the UK, and internationally. As a member I will also be eligible to audition for NYT’s prestigious REP Company. In NYT’s own words, Epic Stages is “designed to equip the best young acting and production talent with the skills and knowledge they need to enter the industry”.
The National Youth Theatre was established in 1956 as the first youth theatre in the world. Admittance is highly competitive; this year alone over 6,000 people applied for membership. Alumni includes Daniel Day-Lewis, Helen Mirren, Rosamund Pike, Kate Winslet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba and Derek Jacobi. (The list goes on and on!) Being offered a place is a potential life-changer for anyone fortunate enough to be given the opportunity.
The course itself is £989, and will require me to take a month off work whilst still paying my London rent. I will also be commuting from one side of London to another each day. I will be applying for these travel costs to be covered, but could still do with some help!
I am 22 years old and currently work Front of House at a theatre in the West End. Previous training includes the Regional Young Actors’ Ensemble (RYAE) in collaboration with Hull Truck, Derby Theatre and Live Theatre Newcastle as well as LAIT (Leeds Actors in Training) at Leeds Grand. I am particularly interested in writing, and in 2018 was shortlisted for the VAULT New Writers’ Award.
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