We offer a range of opportunities for young people to be creative, have fun and develop skills. Below are the groups currently running and whether there are places available.

If you would like to sign up, please download and return the correct Application Form and read our Digital Information Sheet for parents/carers and participants that outlines how we work safely online in the event that in person delivery is not possible. To download the Digital Information Sheet please click here.

Saturday Youth Theatre

Royal & Derngate’s Saturday Youth Theatre groups are back!

Enjoy being creative with other young people? Would like to work on developing your theatre skills? Then Saturday Youth Theatre is for you!

Join us for a fun 10 week project working with some brilliant professional theatre makers to increase confidence, express ideas, collaborate with other young people and explore theatre skills such as script-writing, developing characters and creating your own theatre. No previous experience required – just a playful, positive attitude.

Sessions with run on Saturdays – 23, 30 Apr, 7, 14, 21, 28 May, 11, 18, 25 June, 2 July 2022.

See below for group details and places available.

Act One (8-10yrs) – 10.30am-12 noon

  • For young people aged 8-10 years
  • Saturdays 10.30am-12 noon
  • £70 – termly membership paid in 2 x £35 instalments
  • Free bursary places are available upon request

Act Two (11-13yrs) – 12.30pm-2pm

  • For young people aged 11-13 years
  • Saturdays 12.30-2pm
  • £70 – termly membership paid in 2 x £35 instalments
  • Free bursary places are available upon request

Once you have returned the Get Involved form, you will be sent a link to pay for the term’s membership. For more information about Saturday Youth Theatre, contact [email protected].

Download an application form (Word format here or pdf here) and return to [email protected]

Youth Theatre & Young Company Musicals

Royal & Derngate’s popular Musicals groups are perfect for young people who love acting, singing and dancing. Members attend fun weekly sessions to develop key theatre skills such as acting through song, choreography, vocal technique and performance.

Previous production work has included Oliver!, Bugsy Malone, Fame Jr., Legally Blonde Jr. and their recent Royal stage new musical co-production with Silhouette Youth Theatre entitled The Masks We Wear that was written, composed and performed by the young people themselves.

Both Youth Theatre & Young Company Musicals groups are currently working on their July production to be announced soon. See below for details of when the groups run and places available.

Youth Theatre Musicals – sorry this group is now full

  • For young people aged 10-13 years
  • Wednesdays 5.30-7pm
  • £75 termly membership
  • Free bursary places are available upon request

Young Company Musicals – sorry this group is now full

  • For young people aged 14-21 years
  • Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm
  • £75 termly membership
  • Free bursary places are available upon request

Places will not be available again until the new academic year in September. If you would like to be added to a waiting list for consideration in September, please complete the Get Involved Form, email it back to us and we will make sure you are contacted about available groups.

For more information, contact [email protected].

Download an application form (Word format here or pdf here) and return to [email protected]

Young Company Connect

Royal & Derngate is committed to tackling barriers that prevent young people accessing quality theatre arts opportunities and our Youth Theatre & Young Company groups that run in the local community are an important part of this commitment.

Through a special partnership with Northampton International Academy, we have provided students with the opportunity to work with professional directors to further their theatre skills and work towards performances as part of the National Theatre Connections Festival.

This year, Young Company Connect is working with Director, Hannah Conway, towards performances of Like There’s No Tomorrow created by the Belgrade Young Company with Justine Themen, Claire Proctor and Liz Mytton. Their next performance is at Royal & Derngate’s regional NT Connections Festival week on Weds 6 April 5.15pm on the Royal stage. Click here to book tickets.


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Song of the Summer 

Do you enjoy music? Do you love acting and want the opportunity to perform? Aged 15-25?

If the answer is ‘YES!’ then take a look at the project details below and get signed up today!

Song of the Summer is a brand-new ‘gig theatre’ piece by Tristan Jackson-Pate, co-produced by Cherwell Theatre Company and Royal & Derngate.

What is Gig Theatre?

Exactly as it sounds! It’s a performance which feels partly like a gig and partly like a play, integrating live music with scenes and physical theatre. The show is to be performed at The Picturedrome music venue with a standing audience and immersive staging.

What’s the show about?

This coming of age comedy drama explores the highs and lows of teenage life, seen through the eyes of young musicians. Set in Northampton in 2006 and featuring original indie rock music inspired by the era, the play dramatises the tension between friendship and artistic integrity, and the joys of creating music with the world at your feet.

Does it cost anything to take part? 

We are delighted to welcome young actors and musicians aged 15-25 to audition for this FREE PROJECT.

How do I get involved?

Download the Song of Summer Project Sign Up Form here and return to [email protected] as soon as possible.

When do rehearsals take place? 

Weekly rehearsal sessions will take place between April-August 2022. They will be held on Tuesday nights from 7-9pm at Royal & Derngate and participants will work with professional directors, movement specialists and musical directors to develop skills in live music, acting and physical theatre and help shape the development of the piece.

In July, a professional cast of 5 actor-musicians will join the project alongside a stage management and technical theatre team, to bring the play to life. Rehearsals will continue at Royal & Derngate for participants throughout July with performances taking place from 11-28 August at The Picturedrome.

What if I haven’t done any acting before?

Participants do not need any previous experience just an interest in acting, musicianship or technical theatre. Participants also do not have to be available for all of the weekly rehearsals, or all of the performance dates in August.

Key dates:

Young Company Weekly rehearsals: Tuesday 3 May to 2 August – 7pm-9pm at Royal & Derngate

Professional Cast & Young Company Rehearsals: 11 July – 5 August at Royal & Derngate – specific times tbc.

Tech and dress rehearsals: 8-10 August at The Picturedrome

Performance Run: 20 performances between 11-28 August (includes weekdays and weekends)

The project has been funded by Arts Council England, Garfield Weston Foundation, Northamptonshire Community Foundation, The Garrick Charitable Trust and Northampton Borough Council. It is produced in partnership by Cherwell Theatre Company and Royal & Derngate, Northampton. 


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