Raising The Game Webinar: Youth Theatre Now! - Voices from the Sector


Zoom - Online

Date & Time

Friday 6 August 2021 at 13:00 - 14:00


Leader Opportunity

Youth Theatre Now!: Voices from the Sector


For this webinar, we want to hear from the Youth Theatre sector.

We have invited three Youth Theatres to share a 10-12 minute talk about something they are particularly proud of.

York Theatre Royal discuss Legacy, which brought together a company of 40 Youth Theatre actors and a volunteer community cast of over 65s. Legacy is a gripping thriller about an old-school detective in a brave new world changed by advances in virtual reality. Think Happy Valley meets Black Mirror in an original new play that questions the impact of technology in our modern lives and where it's taking us. In this session, we will talk about the process of making the production, the challenges we encountered and different ways that we worked with a cross generational company during a time where Brexit was causing a divide and assumptions between the generations. We will be joined by some of the project’s participants and creative team who will share their experiences.

The Nuffield Collective are a new young people’s theatre group formed out of the closure of Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST), in 2020. The collective is mainly formed of people that were previously members of the NST Young Company. The young people wanted to keep going with their theatre making and with the support and guidance of Liam, The Nuffield Collective was born.

Members of the Collective are young aspiring creatives aiming to break into the theatre industry. Aged 18 to 25 years, they are from Southampton and the surrounding areas, including Portsmouth, Winchester and The New Forest. The group started off with 12 members, increasing to around 20 in total. Some want to pursue theatre as their career, whilst others view theatre as a creative outlet. 

Over the past 12 months The Nuffield Collective have created and released 3 brand new productions as radio plays: The Noise We Make, The Lost and the Damned and From the Inside We Fall Apart. All three productions have been created, produced, designed, cast, marketed - everything - by this group of young theatre makers who, from the ashes of their youth theatre, have created a collective which will no doubt be making exciting work for years to come. A shining example of how young theatre makers can work independently and in collaboration with their youth theatres.

Plus Urban Young Actors discussing their film Jess about domestic abuse.

It is our hope to make these events as accessible as possible, including a subsidised ticket price. If you have access requirements, such as a BSL interpreter or require live transcribing, please get in touch at [email protected].