Youth Courses

The Youth Drama Program at the National Theatre has been a hub for young talent for many years. Offering something for everyone aged 5-17, the program is designed and delivered by industry professionals with a passion for making a difference in young people’s lives. Working in a warm, friendly and safe environment, fun, confidence, motivation and an increased sense of self-worth are the aims of our all teaching.

Experienced actors and directors who are qualified to guide and inspire young people facilitate the exploration and development of voice, movement, improvisation and character development skills as well as film and TV camera technique, Musical Theatre and the basic text analysis abilities essential for the development of the young performer.

Tuesday 9:30-10:30 am 3-4yrs Foundation
Tuesday 10:30 – 11:30 am 4-5yrs Graduating

The Little Nashies Dance Theatre Classes are the ultimate dance theatre sessions for 3 to 5-year-olds‚ divided into two age groups 3 to 4 year of age and 4 to 5 years of age.
They are inspiring a mixture of dance, musical theatre, storytelling, drama and singing. The little Nashies is a unique class that brings musical appreciation that helps stimulate the students’ imaginations with a wide range of sounds and musical styles.

This wholistic program is developed for strong engagement, musicality, confidence building, imagination, exploring ideas together and expressing creativity, all while having fun and making new friends.

These programs are an introduction to all aspects of performing arts at the National Theatre Ballet School and National Theatre Drama School. Both schools have built this program together as a stepping stone into further exploration of the organisation’s offering.

6-8 yrs on Thursday at 4.30 pm -5.30 pm


Are you a budding performer? Do you love to entertain family and friends? Maybe you want to gain some more confidence…and have some fun in the process! Play Acting is all about using fun, interactive games and improvisation to learn how to get your message across using your voice, body and acting skills!

Screen Acting 9-11 yrs on Sat at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Screen Acting 12-14 yrs on Sat at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Screen Acting 14-17 on yrs Sat at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Always watched the Hollywood stars and wondered what it would be like to see yourself on the big screen? Well, it’s time for your close up! Find out what goes on behind the camera in this thrilling workshop. You will learn how to take the words from the page and bring them to life on screen. So get your autographs ready, Hollywood here we come!
Play Acting 6-8 yrs on Thu at 4.30 pm - 5.30 pm
Stage Acting 9-11 yrs on Thu at 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Stage Acting 9-11 yrs on Sat at 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Stage Acting 9-11 yrs on Sat at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Stage Acting 12 -14 yrs on Sat at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Stage Acting 14-17 yrs on Sat at 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Let your dramatic side take over as you devise inspiring new theatre pieces and compelling characters in your very own dramatic creations. Extend your voice, movement, and characterisation skills in dynamic and fast-paced workshops that are sure to take you to the next level!

Intensive Summer School (Acting)

Intensive Summer School (Acting) 7 – 11 Years
Intensive Summer School (Acting) 12 – 14 Years
Intensive Summer School (Acting) 15 – 17 Years

National Theatre’s intensive summer school is a five-day experience, devised around the idea of giving the artist of tomorrow a taste of unleashing their inner creative and play with their imagination while exploring the process of the script to stage. Following the course, the participants will take part in a public performance.

January 2021
Times TBC

The participants will learn, 

  • Improvisation,
  • The process of devising,
  • Script Analysis,
  • And Taking Direction.

Term Dates 2020

Term 1: Monday, 03 Feb -  Saturday, 28 Mar

Term 2: Tuesday, 14 Apr - Saturday, 27 Jun

Term 3: Monday, 13 Jul - Saturday, 19 Sep

Term 4: Monday, 05 Oct - Saturday, 12 Dec