2006 we've been giving young people aged 16 to 21 their
first experience of working in professional theatre.
audition to join the company for a period of 3 weeks, rehearse
every day to produce a show with us and then tour it regionally.
They are treated in all respects as if they were professional
actors and, critically are paid to do this. This project
has been the subject of an Arts Council England case study,
and is promoted by them as a model of good practice.
2009 we extended the process to young writers, and ran a
competition to find 3 young people to write new plays for
The Apprenticed Actors Company. This programme was called
'New Lines'. For details
of the winning plays from 'New Lines' was 'Hollows' by Alex
Mullarky which toured in 2011, and again in June and July
2012. Alex was commissioned again in 2013, and her play
'Dominic' toured twice in 2013, in March as a rehearsed
read and in July as a full tour.
new project to find scripts is called 'Finding Words', run
by Associate Director Chris Loveless. The first winner is
called 'Peregrine' by Laura Turner, and will tour in July
see details of previous Apprenticed Actors Company performances
click on the links below
THE BIG BANG THEORY
really loved working on this project . . . it really helped
me in many ways. I got to meet some really
cool people and I got to have a laugh. I also worked
my buttocks off and learnt a lot.
Apprenticed Actors Company member
young people involved acquitted themselves admirably, with
professionalism and maturity, and thoroughly deserved the
positive turnout and consistently generous comments from
the audience. Furthermore can I offer my appreciation to
Sarah and yourself, this was a bold adventure executed with
an obvious commitment and enthusiasm for work for, with
and by young people.
Hastings, Artistic Director, Dukes Theatre, Lancaster
enjoyed the play very much. What struck me about it was
how the whole thing seemed to emanate from the cultural
reference points of the audience.The language, the attitudes,
the story of the young mother caught between the carefree
life of her mates and the responsibilities of motherhood
– all seemed to be real to the audience. The play
seemed to be a collaboration in the best sense between two
groups of equal status – the writer and the other
professional artists on the one hand, and the young people
on the other.
Booth, Artistic Director, Quondam Theatre, Penrith
though provoking and enthralling; I was highly impressed
by the young people's acting skills and characterisations.
The young people at Burnley Youth Theatre thoroughly enjoyed
the performance, responded positively to the issues and
were very impressed by the actors and the set.
Hall, Resident Workshop Leader at Burnley Youth Theatre