The basement of Portsmouth Guildhall is being transformed into an exciting, new creative space where 11-25 year olds can meet and explore their creative potential!

The BASE will give young people access to:

From crafts, to photography and singing, to mural painting, we’ve got lots of FREE projects and workshops running at Portsmouth Guildhall. As building work for the BASE finishes up, these sessions give a flavour of what The BASE will offer local young people.

Donmar’s Pathways programme is designed to introduce young people aged 16-18, who are currently living and/or studying in Camden & Westminster, to the range of career pathways available in theatre and the wider creative industries. Across 5 days, you will gain practical, hands-on experience with professionals working in Producing, Marketing, Fundraising, Participation, and Technical Theatre.

Over the week, you will work closely with industry professionals to develop transferable skills including collaboration, organisation, communication and public speaking. As part of the programme, participants will be supported in setting goals and identifying next steps in their own career pathway.


Dates: Monday 28 Oct - Friday 1 Nov, 10am-5pm daily

Location: Dragon Hall, 17 Stukeley Street, London WC2B 5LT

Cost: FREE

Eligibility: you must be aged 16-18, and live and/or study in the London boroughs of Camden and/or Westminster.

If you’re keen to learn more about what happens beyond the rise and fall of the curtain, please complete the form below no later than Mon 30 September 2024, 10am.

Please note participants must be available for all project dates (Mon 28 Oct - Fri 01 Nov, 10am-5pm daily).


If you have any questions, please contact the Donmar LOCAL team.

Are you aged 7-17 and interested in acting and performing? The Octagon Youth Theatre is for you.

Perform on stage in a professional theatre and work with experienced theatre professionals to develop your acting skills, confidence and creativity.

Each term you will work on a wide range of acting and performing activities, as well as taking part in exciting performance opportunities.

We currently have three Youth Theatre groups which meet on a weekly basis. Sessions take place during the following times:

7-11 years meet on Saturday 9.30am to 11.00am
 years meet on Tuesday 4.30pm to 6.30pm
years meet on Wednesday 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Our Youth Theatre groups are £75 per term. We are sometimes able to offer assistance to participants experiencing financial hardship thanks to the generosity of our funders. Please contact us before 2nd August regarding bursaries for our Autumn 2024 groups.

Calling all emerging artists aged 16 - 25!

If you're eager to find your footing as a creative freelancer but need some support navigating your first steps into freelancing life, Creative Futures Commission Programme Sep - Dec 2024 is the opportunity for you.

As a Creative Futures artist you'll receive:

For artists from all creative disciplines. We are particularly eager to hear from artists who work with sound & music.

Artists will receive 8hrs of creative space every Tues. We ask artists who are considering applying to ensure they can be available on Tues throughout Sep - Dec 2024. 

Are you aged between 13-18? A young women, trans or non-binary young person based in Fife? Interested in theatre?

Young Quines are recruiting young women* and non-binary teenagers to make a new show with award winning theatre-makers, coming to Fife in 2025!

The first sessions will run from the 5th-7th August, 10-4pm each day at the Raeburn Hall Community Centre in Kircaldy. No previous experience necessary.

Packed lunches & travel support available.

To book a free place/ask questions, email us.

Swindon’s first ever theatre and film careers event hosted by Get into Theatre. This exciting afternoon showcases a wide range of organisations such as LAMDA, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Create Studio, Arts Council England and many more to offer career advice, development opportunities and provides the ideal chance to explore options as a young creative. 

Covering performance and technical roles, local and national organisations, including the Federation of Drama Schools, will empower your journey into theatre or film, demystify the process of university or drama school applications and celebrate alternative routes into the industry. 

Full programme coming soon.

Tickets £2 to drop in anytime and stay as long as you like.

One-to-one sessions with Industry Professionals bookable soon at no extra charge.

Date: 31 July 

This event is part of the lineup for Signal Festival Swindon.

The English Symphony Orchestra has been running children’s orchestra courses, attracting students from around the country, for over 20 years. Orchestral discipline is matched by improvisation and sheer fun with the primary aim of helping children develop musicianship, confidence and sociability.

The varied activities on each course include full and sectional orchestral rehearsals as well as singing, group improvisation, solo “masterclasses” and games and every course concludes with an informal concert.

Non-residential (9.30am - 5pm each day)

Course cost: £90 per student (includes hot lunch on both days)

Aged 16 – 26?

Live your best Park life with our FREE membership to access £10 tickets to all of our shows!

What do I get?
A Park Up keyring on your next visit so you can get your 10% discount at our Offie Award Winning Cafe Bar (just speak to our Box Office next time you’re in)

£10 tickets for any performance (Band C only in Park200) – max 1 ticket per member

£5 on the day rush tickets on selected shows

Discounted last minute rehearsal space hire

Aged 14 - 18? Interested in a FREE creative writing workshop this summer? Join us for a 2 day workshop to learn the building blocks of story telling, and have your piece professionally recorded.

Day 1 - Learn the building blocks of storytelling through games and create your own monologue for a unique character

Day 2 - Develop your writing with the help of Directors & Actors from our Masterclass community, who will then record your piece ready to go live on our YouTube channel

You must be available for both the 19 & 22 August, from 10.30am - 4.00pm, sessions and be able to get to and from the The Other Palace and Avenues Youth Project.

Any further questions? Simply email us - we're happy to help!

Join us for a Masterclass with Olivier Award-winning director, designer, and performer, Finn Caldwell, as we discover the secret life of puppets. In 2022, Finn earned an Olivier Award for his work as Puppet Co-Designer on Life of Pi and received a nomination for Best Theatre Choreographer for the same production. His impressive portfolio includes roles as puppetry director and co-designer on shows such as The Lorax (Old Vic), Ocean at the End of the Lane (National Theatre and West End), and Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic and West End).

Finn is passionate about the playful possibilities of puppetry to stage seemingly impossible moments and is committed to pursuing truth in the inner lives of the characters and creatures he conjures.

Join us at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, where Finn will work with a selection of Masterclass members, demonstrating the technical and dramaturgical skills that make puppet theatre so breathtaking. Don't miss this opportunity to witness the secret life of puppets and learn from one of the industry's finest.

Date: 24 July

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