Young Company


Our building is currently closed to the public and as such, the summer term of all our Young Company programmes will not be taking place as usual.

Infant Young Company (school years 1,2 and 3)
We hope you will enjoy the many digital downloads and interactive digital opportunities over on our Digital Playhouse pages (including a digital Easter Family Fest!).

Junior Young Company (school years 4,5 and 6)
We hope you will enjoy the many digital downloads and interactive digital opportunities over on our Digital Playhouse pages (including a digital Easter Family Fest!). You are welcome to book for free LIVE online drama workshops as part of our Shine programme here.


The Magnificent 7 (replacement for Senior Young Company)

Please note: these workshops will go on sale on Monday 8 June

The Magnificent 7 is an extra special series of seven Zoom workshops for young actors aged 12 – 18. Come along, have fun, learn lots of new skills.

You will need a computer, tablet or smartphone able to run Zoom. Once booked, you will receive a Zoom invite on the day of each session.

Dates: Every Monday from 22 June to 3 August, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Cost: £40 for all seven sessions

A number of bursary places will be available. Please contact participation@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk for information.

Session 1: Chain Drama, Improv & games

Led by Siobhan Cannon Brownlie

Siobhán Cannon-Brownlie is a theatre director and maker with an interest in new writing and women’s voices. She directed Nottingham Playhouse’s 2018 Christmas family show The Elves and the Shoemaker and her most recent work was as Associate Director on Curve’s West End transfer of White Christmas. She trained and teaches at Nottingham’s Television Workshop, which is famous for its improvisation style. In this session Siobhán will be looking at how improvisation can be worked on and honed on camera, as well as making time for games and silliness in this serious time.

Session 2: Modern Duologues

Led by Grace Cordell

Grace is an actor and director who has worked with the Royal Exchange theatre, RADA, New Diorama, The National and Southbank Centre. She will running be a session exploring duologues, focusing on The Sugar Syndrome by Lucy Prebble and Wish List by Katherine Soper.

Session 3: The Everyday at Play

Led by Dawn Richmond Gordon

Brush up on your creative skills and bring some innovative thinking to the inspiration that’s been around you all along. This experimental workshop will encourage playfulness as a means to create freeing and delightful micro pieces of work. Whether it’s creative writing, performing, or directing that floats your boat, there’s something her for you. The day to day is more exciting than it seems.

Session 4: Ensemble and vocal work with Oliver Twist

Led by Anna Malik

Anna Malik is a Midlands based Creative Learning specialist with a wealth of experience in both educational work and professional theatre having worked as an actresses and director for over 15 years. In this workshop, you will explore delivering text, creating atmosphere and connection to the text and physical exploration. Come together as a group, connect as a chorus and perform a piece from one of Britain’s most-loved novels Oliver Twist whilst exploring the filth, chaos and drama with this fun verbal dynamics workshop.

Session 5: Forum Theatre and the work of Augusto Boal

Led by Tia Elvidge

Using fun games and exercises this workshop will introduce and explore Forum Theatre- a type of theatre that attempts to solve problems using drama. The workshop will involve devising, improvisation and problem-solving skills, so get your creative thinking caps at the ready!

Session 6: The Art Gallery

Led by Jo Petch

The Art Gallery uses frozen images and the relationships between characters in a restricted space. Using famous pieces of art to inspire improvised character work before leading into a piece of scripted work to bring the characters in the paintings alive!

Session 7: Spymonkey and Clowning

Led by Christina Tsoutsi

A workshop inspired by the work of Spymonkey and clowning, exploring generate material through improvisation-based games that invite the participants to become playful and spontaneous without the pressure to be funny.