Applications for the 2023/24 academic year are now open.
The Young Theatre Company is an auditioned course for people aged 12-21 who are keen to refine their performance and devising skills and gain further experience of performing theatre in a variety of contexts.
Working within an ensemble you will be led by an experienced director and practitioner through creative, devising theatre processes which culminates in a public performance. Through practical sessions and intensive rehearsals you will build on technical and creative performance skills and explore how to apply these and develop them further within a collaborative theatre making process.
The Main Company adopts an ensemble approach to theatre practice and students are required to demonstrate commitment to rehearsals and be willing to undertake some preparation work in between classes. As with all companies, members may be required to undertake further auditions throughout the year to allocate roles within performances.
Students will also have the opportunity to perform in a range of contexts for invited and public audiences.
By the end of the course you will have:
- Improved your vocal, physical and emotional performance skills
- Undertaken in-depth character development activities
- Developed your skills in working collaboratively to create new pieces of theatre
- Been guided through the process of researching, developing and rehearsing a performance
- Worked as an ensemble with other aspiring actors and theatre makers to create polished performances.
Applicants may be split into two companies (Main and Origins) based on their experience and audition.
Meet our Students: Molly
Molly has been a member of the Young Theatre Company for 2 years now. In this blog post she explains what it’s like, why she enjoys it so much and how it has changed the way she views theatre performance.
If you have any questions about this course, please get in touch with us at email@example.com
Why choose us?
The Junior Conservatoire of Drama is the national centre of excellence for training young actors and preparing them for further study.
- Study in Scotland’s national conservatoire, one of the world’s top 10 performing arts education institutions
- Perform for public audiences within RCS venues
- Learn technical movement, vocal skills, script analysis and characterisation choices
- Participate in masterclasses with visiting industry professionals, RCS lecturers with many years of conservatoire-level teaching
- Receive regular feedback reports to ensure you are getting the most out of the programme
- Casting opportunities for professional jobs
- Free tickets to all RCS productions
Many of our students go on to study at top UK Performing Arts/Drama Schools; Conservatoires and Universities such as:
- Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
- Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
- Oxford School of Drama
- Trinity Laban
- London Contemporary Dance School
- Rose Bruford College
- Glasgow University
We will support our students with whatever pathway they choose whether that be further study within the arts; academic study or work .
Images and video
A brilliant short film by the Young Theatre Origins company, reflecting on 2020 and the performances they have been creating in response to the turbulent times.
Fees and scholarships
We want to make the performing arts as accessible as possible.
Anyone who faces financial barriers to participate in the Junior Conservatoire can apply at any time, whether at acceptance to a course or during the course, for a bursary or scholarship.
Please take the time to refer to this bursary and scholarship criteria.
For anyone who requires a bursary or scholarship please email JuniorsDDPF@rcs.ac.uk and you will be sent an application form.
We will try to support as many students as possible to attend the Junior Conservatoire training and therefore may not be able to cover full student fees.
These funds are currently supported by the generosity of individuals and charitable trusts including:
- James McAvoy Drama Scholarship
- Agnes Allan Bursary
- Bill and Margaret Nicol
Applications for YTC close on 17th July 2023.
Auditions for YTC be from 7th August 2023.
These will take place in the form of a group workshop and solo audition.
How to apply
We want to ensure everyone has an opportunity to apply for the Young Theatre Company programme so we will audition every student who applies on time.
When to apply
Application for entry to the Junior Conservatoire Acting programme in August 2022 will are currently open.
All applications should be completed online and there is an audition fee of £45. If an applicant is applying for multiple courses they will only need to pay one audition fee. If you need financial support to pay for the audition/s fee please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
All auditions for the Junior Conservatoire Acting programme will be held mid-June 2022.
If you have any questions about the Junior Conservatoire or the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
What to wear
You should come to class wearing clothes suitable for movement work, and which do not restrict the body.
What to bring
Please bring along bottled water to keep hydrated during rehearsals. You may also find it useful to bring a notepad and pen to take notes.
Term dates and tuition fees
Term Dates 2023/24
Student induction- 22nd August 2023
Term 1- 28 Aug- 15th December 2023 (no sessions October schools break)
Term 2- 8th January- 31st March 2024 (no session mid Feb)
Term 3- 14th April- 15th June 2023
Performance opportunities – TBC
Term Dates (2023/2024)
Student induction- Sunday 20th August 2023
Term 1 starts – Saturday 26th August 2023
Mid term break- 14-27th October 2023
Term 1 finishes- Friday 15th December 2023
Term 2 starts- Saturday 6th January 2024
Mid term break- 10th-16th February 2024
Term 2 finishes- Friday 29th March 2024
Term 3 starts- Saturday 13th April 2024
Term 3 finishes- Friday 14th June 2024