We provide various opportunities for young people to have a meaningful voice through artistic projects that empower and excite them.

Our Youth Theatre is for young people aged between 7 and 12 years old.

Our Young Company is for young people aged between 13 and 21 years old.

We pride ourselves on providing an inclusive and ensemble environment to work in. Inclusive means that we both welcome and seek out participants from the widest possible range of backgrounds and needs, and provide support, where necessary, to overcome any potential barriers to engaging with our work.

Royal & Derngate has a successful track record of producing exemplary professional theatre. Our young people work with professional artists in rehearsals and are supported by our resident production staff, meaning that they work with the same teams that produce our award-winning Made In Northampton programme. Our focus is creating a successful ensemble and process-driven environment – in simple terms, it’s about developing the young person as artists and as confident, creative young people, not who has the main part and who has the best costume.

Youth Theatre – For ages 7-12

Royal & Derngate Youth Theatre offers weekly workshops during term time for children and young people.

Our Youth Theatre is a great way to build confidence, make friends and learn new skills. All workshops are led by fully DBS checked, professional theatre practitioners who design projects that are fully inclusive and allow individuals to develop at their own pace.

Terms are usually 10 weeks long.

From September we are running the following groups:


For young people aged 9 and over who are Home Educated

Mondays 11am – 12.30pm


For ages 9 – 12

Wednesdays 5.30pm – 7pm


For ages 7 – 11

Saturdays 11.30am – 1pm


For ages 10 – 12

Saturdays 1.30pm – 3pm

Young Company – For ages 13-21 

Royal & Derngate Young Company work on a variety of projects over the academic year that enable members to enhance skills, experience different theatrical approaches and work with a range of professional theatre practitioners and directors.

These groups allow participants to experience different creative paths based on personal preference, availability and enthusiasm.

Our Youth Theatre & Young Company productions follow creative processes found in Royal & Derngate’s professional Made In Northampton productions and allows young people to engage with designers, writers, technicians, choreographers and directors to establish artistic visions and gain valuable knowledge of how theatre is realised on stage.

Terms are usually 10 weeks long but may have additional sessions for groups rehearsing productions.

We are currently running the following groups:


For ages 13 – 21

Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9.30pm


For ages 13 – 21

Wednesdays 7.30pm – 9.30pm


For ages 13 – 21

Thursdays 7pm – 9pm



Download the GET INVOLVED and NEED TO KNOW packs where all of the information about the different groups is explained and return the completed forms and commitment agreements to us asap.

For those wishing to join YOUTH THEATRE: MUSICALS and any of the 10 week YOUNG COMPANY groups, you will need to attend a workshop on Sat 7 and/or Sun 8 September. When you return your form you will be emailed further information about this.

CLICK HERE to download the GET INVOLVED application pack


CLICK HERE to download the NEED TO KNOW information pack


Making sure that everyone has access to the arts, regardless of personal circumstances, is very important to us. Our bursary schemes provide financial support for young people to engage in weekly groups.

CLICK HERE to download more information

Arts Award

We also offer Arts Award as part of our Youth Theatre and Young Company provision. Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that support anyone up to age 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders through involvement in different art forms. Through Arts Award, young people gain a nationally recognised qualification, helping them to progress in education and employment or simply to enjoy engaging in the arts at Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

For more information about Arts Award, visit www.artsaward.org.uk

If you are already doing your Bronze or Silver Award, click on the links below for resources to help you complete your portfolio.

 Bronze Arts Award Helpsheet Pack   Silver Arts Award Helpsheet Pack 


For more information on how to apply for groups and bursaries, email [email protected] or call 01604 655740.

Royal & Derngate Youth Theatre & Young Company are grateful for the support of: alw