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We offer a range of opportunities for young people to be creative, have fun and develop skills. Currently, activities are all online via Zoom.

If you would like to sign up, please book online where prompted, download and return the correct Application Form and read our Digital Information Sheet for parents/carers and participants that outlines how we are working safely online. To download the Digital Information Sheet please click here.


Well-Being with Becoming Michaela

Becoming Michaela is a platform on Instagram created by actor and singer Michaela Blackburn (Olivier Award nominated for Our Lady of Kibeho) where she shares her self-love journey to encourage and inspire others to love themselves unapologetically.

Join Michaela in a FREE three week online course designed to improve self-esteem and confidence within a safe supportive group for creative and inquisitive young people. Weekly sessions will empower, support and explore activities, tips and exercises that you can apply in your everyday life to help guide you through challenges and ambitions associated with performing and the creative industries or just looking after your well-being during these difficult times. We are particularly interested in hearing from local young black women, but the sessions are open to everyone. All sessions will take place on Zoom.

  • 13-19 year olds
  • Mondays 8, 15 & 22 March 6pm-7pm
  • FREE

To book please click here.
For more information, contact [email protected].

This project is supported by Northamptonshire Community Foundation and Royal & Derngate’s Generate Artist Development Programme.

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NextGen Creatives: Stage Management

Be part of Royal & Derngate’s NextGen Creatives programme and discover what it is to be a Stage Manager and Production Manager at one of the busiest regional theatres in the country. You will work with experienced industry professionals who will guide you through a 10 week training programme, including Q&As with Royal & Derngate staff and creatives working on the Made in Northampton production of Gin Craze. Understand the roles, duties and skills required in Stage One of this FREE training programme designed for young people seriously interested in a backstage theatre career.

While Covid-19 restrictions are in place, weekly sessions will be online via Zoom with additional in-person opportunities at the theatre once these have been lifted. Those who sign up must be prepared to take part in every session and places are limited. While the 10 week programme is currently on Tuesdays, there may be additional opportunities to extend your learning on other days. We are particularly interested in young people who are currently under-represented within backstage career roles.

  • Tuesdays 9-30 March & 13 April-18 May 2021 6.30-8pm
  • 17-22 year olds
  • FREE

Download an Application Form (Word format here or pdf here) and return to [email protected] Places are very limited so apply now.

Deadline for applications is Thursday 4 March 2021.


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Where The Lost Socks Go

Join Beth Markey and Josh Baldwin from Under The Bed Theatre for a four week course inspired by their fabulous show Where The Lost Socks Go. You and your family are invited to watch the full performance on the 6 March and then participants will join cast members for weekly workshops to create a new scene, song and sock puppets inspired by their performance. A fantastic opportunity to watch children’s theatre, learn some puppetry skills and have fun being creative together. Plus you’ll get sent a special Puppet Pack to your house so you’ll have everything you need to make your own sock puppet during sessions.

Sessions will be online via Zoom.

  • 7-10 year olds
  • Sat 6 March 2021 11am-1pm, Sat 13 – Sat 27 March 2021 11am-12.30pm
  • £35
  • FREE BURSARY PLACES AVAILABLE

Contact [email protected] for more information.
Download an application form (Word format here or pdf here) and return to [email protected]. To book click here.


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Clown School

Discover your inner clown in this fun three week introductory course led by actors Lauren Whitter and Jack Smith that will explore theatrical clowning techniques, different clown characters, physical comedy and mime. Guaranteed to make you smile, laugh and develop new skills, plus you’ll be sent your very own Clown Kit to use in sessions and at the end of the course you’ll be presented with a Certificate of Clowning!

Please note this is not a circus skills course.
Sessions will be online via Zoom.

  • 11-13 year olds
  • Saturdays 13 March -27 March 2021 2pm-3.30pm
  • £35
  • FREE BURSARY PLACES AVAILABLE

Contact [email protected] for more information.
Download an application form (Word format here or pdf here) and return to [email protected]. To book click here.


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