Taking Part Workshops for Young People

We’re really excited to share a new series of free workshops for young people led by some incredibly talented creatives. Applications are now open for workshops in Directing, Design, Drama School Preparation and Voice. 

If you have any questions about this, please contact youngpeople@youngvic.org

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Introduction to Directing
Monday 20 – Friday 24 Feb, 10AM – 6PM.

This is a free course for young people aged 18 – 25 across London, who have an interest in being a Theatre Director. This week long course will give you the opportunity to found out more about theatre directions; the course will include practical workshops led by Theatrical Director Sacha Wares as well as trips to see various productions at London Theatres.

No experience is necessary but we are looking for enthusiastic, committed and creatives individuals with an interest in directing.

To apply for this course please fill out the application form by clicking here. The deadline for applications is Friday 3 February at 12PM.

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Introduction to Design
Wednesday 15 – Friday 17 Feb, 10AM – 6PM.

This free course for young people aged 17 – 25 across London, who have an interest in Theatre Design. This week long course will give you the opportunity to find out more about theatre design; the course will include workshops led by Jemima Robinson as well as backstage theatre tours and trips to see various productions at London theatres.

No experience is necessary but we are looking for enthustatic, committed and creative individuals with an interest in theatre design.

To apply for this course please fill out the application form by clicking here. The deadline for applications is Friday 27 January at 12PM.

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Drama School Preparation Day
Wednesday 25 January, 9AM – 6PM.

If you are applying to Drama School this year we will be running a Drama School Preparation Day for young people aged 17 – 25. During this practical workshop, run by Toby Clarke, participants will acquire the skills to improve, sharpen and deliver both classical and contemporary monologues for drama school audtions.

Applications must live or study in Lambeth or Southwark and have applied to an accredited drama school.

Please note that you must have a contemporary and classical monologue prepared and learned off by heart which you will be asked to perform on the day

To apply, please email youngpeople@youngvic.org with a short paragraph listing what drama schools you have applied or are applying to for this year.

Please also list your:

  • Full Name
  • D.O.B
  • Borough
  • Date of birth
  • Email

The deadline for applications is Friday 20 January at 12PM.

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Voice Workshops for Young Actors
Thursday 19 and Thursday 26 Jan, 6PM – 8.30PM.

Join us for two free vocal workshops for young actors, 14 – 18 years old,  based around the production of Once In a Lifetime. 

They will be led by a specialist voice coach, who will explore articulation, accents and how you can use your voice effectively as a performer.

We have twenty spaces for these workshops and it’s important that if you apply you can attend both workshops.

Applicants must live or study in Lambeth or Southwark.

To apply, please email youngpeople@youngvic.org with a short paragraph about stating why you wish to do the workshop.

Please also include:

  • Your full name
  • D.O.B
  • Borough
  • Phone number
  • Email address

The deadline to apply by is this Friday 13th Jan by 12PM, anyone who is successful to get a place onto these workshops will be contacted on Monday the 16th January.

Our Taking Part team engage with over 10,000 people a year. We offer young people  a wide range of projects, from skills based workshops to a chance to perform on one of our stages. Find out more about our work with young people. 

Meet the rest of the A Midsummer Night’s Dream Cast

The rest of the casting for Joe Hill-Gibbins’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream is in! Rehearsals have started and joining an already great line up is: Geoff Aymer (Tom Snout), Sam Cox (Robin Starveling), Aaron Heffernan (Francis Flute), Lloyd Hutchinson (Puck/Egeus), Douggie McMeekin ( Snug) and Melanie Pappenheim (Philostrate/Fairy). Find out more about the new cast members below.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs at the Young Vic 16 Feb – 1 Apr. £10 tickets available. Book now.

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For the Young Vic:
 Hamlet and Macbeth.
Theatre includes: Driving Miss Daisy (Canal Café Theatre/ Frinton-on-Sea Summer Theatre), Albatross 3rd & Main (Emporium Theatre, Brighton), To Kill a Mocking Bird (Barbican/ Regent Park Open Air Theatre), Cheese and Crackwhores (Soho), The Lightning Child, Macbeth (The Globe), Neighbors (Hightide Festival / Nuffield), That Old Feeling (The Mill at Sonning), Angel House (Eclipse Theatre, National Tour), Anansi Trades Places (Talawa Company / Shaw Theatre), Marking Time (Frinton-on-Sea Summer Theatre), Weights (Blue Elephant), Brixton Stories (Lyric Hammersmith), What’s in the Cat (Contact Theatre, Manchester / Royal Court), The Big Life (Theatre Royal Stratford East / Apollo), Pirandello’s Henry IV (Etcetera Theatre), Revolution (C-1 Venue, Edinburgh Festival), Evolution (C+3 Venue, Edinburgh Festival), Gagging for It (Gilded Balloon II, Edinburgh Festival), Newsrevue (The Canal Café), Assorted Foolishness (National Tour). Film includes: The Last Tree, Sket and RagTag. Television includes: Guerrilla, Eastenders, The A Force and The Real McCoy. Writing credits include: Anansi and The Magic Mirror (Talawa/Hackney Empire), The Oddest Couple (Theatre Royal Stratford East), What a Wonderful World (Blue Elephant) and Celador (Television Pilot).

sam-coxSam Cox 
For the Young Vic: Man – The Strangest Kind of Romance and My Dad’s a Birdman. Theatre includes: Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, Pericles, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Doctor Scroggy’s War, Julius Caesar, Gabriel, The Tempest, Henry V, Anne Boleyn, All’s Well That End’s Well, Henry VIII (The Globe), The Crucible (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Twits  (Royal Court), The Trojan Women (Gate Theatre), Lovesong (Frantic Assembly Tour), The Deep Blue Sea (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Inherit the Wind  (Old Vic), Arcadia (Duke of Yorks), Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness  (Headlong Theatre), Oedipus (National Theatre), God in Ruins, Macbeth, King John  (RSC), Festen (Almeida Theatre/West End). Film includes:  Anna Karenina, The Look of Love, Wall, Agora and Hippy Hippy Shake. Television includes:  Father Brown, Borgia, Doctors, New Tricks, The Commander and Doctor Who. 

aaron-heffernanAaron Heffernan 
Theatre credits include: The Picture of Dorian Gray (The Abbey Theatre), Tender Napalm by Philip Ridley (Sugarglass Theatre), ‘Andorra, Lovers’, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Wonderful World of Dissocia: Equus, The Seagull, Tiny Dynamite (Samuel Beckett Theatre); The Threepenny Opera (Gate Theatre), The Little Shop of Horrors (Players Theatre), Oklahoma (Mill Theatre), Obama Mia (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). Aaron has also performed in three sell-out Edinburgh Fringe runs with comedy sketch group A Betrayal of the Penguins and 3 sell-out runs with the puppet musical comedies Monster Clock, Human Child and Bears in Space with his company Collapsing Horse Theatre. Film credits include: Alpha Papa: The Alan Partridge Movie, ‘Love, Rosie’, The Long Walk and The Titan. Television credits include: Love/Hate, Discovery Obsessions and BBC2’s Mum.

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For the Young Vic:  A Respectable Wedding, also directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, in 2007.
Theatre  includes: Plough and The Stars, Husbands & Sons, Collaborators (National Theatre), The Joke (Fuel Theatre), The Beaux’s Stratagem, The Observer (Royal National Theatre), A View From The Bridge (Liverpool Playhouse), Little  Revolution, Measure for Measure, The Lightening Play (Almeida Theatre), Particle of Dread (Signature Theatre/Field Day/ The Playhouse Derry), Boris Godunov, The Orphan of Zhao (RSC), The Birthday Party (Lyric Hammersmith), Twelfth Night (Wyndhams Theatre) and Rhinoceros (Royal Court). Film includes: Florence Foster Jenkins, Anonymous, Mrs Henderson Presents, Gladiatress, Boxed and With or Without You. Television includes: Catastrophe, White Gold,Silent Witness, Utopia, Casualty, Hatfields & McCoys, Hustle, Titanic, The Fades, Silk, The Bill, Midsomer Murders, Pulling Moves, Murphy’s Law, Lloyd & Hill, Rebel Heart and In Defence.


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Theatre includes: Wendy and Peter Pan (RSC), Rabbit, As you Like It, Boys, Macbeth, The Walmorth Farce, Uncle Vanya, For Emma, A Trip to Scarborough, The Duchess of Malfi, Under The Blue Sky (LAMDA). Television  includes: Harlots, The Crown and A Gert Lush Christmas. Film includes: The Call Up.

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Melanie Pappenheim
Theatre includes:  Here All Night (Gare St Lazare Ireland), Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra (The Globe), Peter Pan (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Saint Joan, The Skriker (National Theatre), Dr Dee (Manchester International Festival/ENO). Opera includes: A Ring A Lamp A Thing and Ingerland (Royal Opera House). Film soundtracks include: Gangs of New York, Eyes Wide Shut, Jane Eyre, Pan and Everest.
Television soundtracks include:  Doctor Who. Film includes: The Alien, Strange Fish and Warren Beatty’s Coat.

11 Questions with the Cast of Once in a Lifetime – John Marquez

John Marquez plays the beautifully naive George Lewis, who gets the chance of a lifetime (hey), to be the big shot on set. John describes George as ‘honest, loyal and cheerful’. Find out more below …

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John Marquez looking assuredly into the middle-distance as George. Photo by Johan Persson

Can you describe your character in Once in a Lifetime in three words?

Honest, cheerful, loyal

What’s it been like working with Richard Jones?

Wonderful as usual

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?

My kids (and biscuits)

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?

Chatting to Kevin and Harry

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?

Sing your heart out for the lads

What is your favourite midnight snack?

Biscuits

What was it that first got you interested in the theatre?

My brother

Where is your favourite place in the world?

Brighton

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?

We’d probably be made to work them for the same amount of money!

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?

Sixties, must have been exciting

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?

Super strength so I could do loads of pull ups at the gym

Once in a Lifetime closes this Saturday at the Young Vic. Don’t miss out on your last chance to see it, book now

 

11 Questions with the cast of Once in a Lifetime – Daniel Abelson

Once in a Lifetime‘s Daniel Abelson, who plays New York writer Lawrence Vail, rose to the challenge of answering our 11 questions. Whilst Daniel makes reference to cast-mate Adrian Der Gregorian chatting to him about food preparation 10 minutes before the show, fellow dressing-room chum Otto Farrant suggests otherwise… find out more in Otto’s 11 Questions.

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Daniel Abelson in Once In a Lfetime. Photo by Johan Persson.

Can you describe your character in Once in a Lifetime in three words?

Out of place.

What’s it been like working with Richard Jones?

Lovingly detailed.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?

Female versions of me.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?

Listening to Adrien der Gregorian talk endlessly and ceaselessly about food preparation.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?

The second year’s production of Company at my local college.

What is your favourite midnight snack?

Buttered crackerbread.

What was it that first got you interested in the theatre?

The exorbitant pay.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

A beach. But not a British beach.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?

Sit there feeling guilty about not being more pro active.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?

Any time before health and safety.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?

The ability to read casting director’s / director’s minds in auditions.

Beat the January blues and experience 1930s Hollywood at the YV in Richard Jones’ “Hilarious” and “stunningly stylish production”. Tickets from just £10: youngvic.org

Young Vic Directors Program

The Young Vic Directors Program has been running for over ten years, offering emerging directors a unique opportunity to exchange experiences with peers and be part of a network of talented directors, theatre-makers and designers working and living in the UK.

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Intro to Directing session. Photo by Helen Murray.

As the only scheme of its kind, the Directors Program provides proactive support for professional directors at the early stages of their career, offering a range of opportunities to help directors develop their craft. These opportunities and activities include skills workshops and projects, including paid assistant directing roles through the Jerwood Assistant Director Program and Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director Program on Young Vic productions, and our online network, the Genesis Directors Network.

There are also two opportunities, supported by the Genesis Foundation, aimed at developing directors at different points of their careers. The Genesis Future Directors Award enables us to identify, support and nurture a director to explore their craft and stage a production in the Young Vic’s Clare Theatre. The Genesis Fellow is a two year role at the Young Vic where they work alongside YV artistic director, David Lan.

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The Young Vic’s Genesis Fellow, Gbolahan Obisesan, leading Intro to Directing.

In the last two years the Directors Program has expanded its activities with Reach Out, to ensure directors based outside of London across England and Wales have the chance to access the same opportunities.

Past directors who have been part of the Directors Program include; Rufus Norris, Carrie Cracknell, Natalie Abrahami, Joe Hill-Gibbins, Matthew Xia, Gbolahan Obisesan and Tinuke Craig. Current directors include Ola Ince and Bryony Shanahan.

You can hear more about some of these directors’ experience and how the Directors Program has developed their careers on our Off Book podcast, available on Soundcloud and iTunes.

Directors and Designers can join the Genesis Directors Network by signing up online.

7 times the Young Vic broke your 💔 and made it whole again in 2016

2016. It’s been real.

Luckily we’ve been fortunate enough to witness some incredible moments of theatre over the past year and what better way to remember the year gone by than with a 2016 listicle reminding us that humans are capable of incredible things…


A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

Following ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  reviews and astounding responses at the Fringe in 2015, the fearless production based on Eimear McBride’s unflinching best-selling novel was described as “a courageously feminist production”.

Find out more about the production and its director, Annie Ryan in our Off Book podcast ⤵️

Cuttin’ It

Charlene James’ award-winning script was brought to life by two “brilliant performances” from Adelayo Adedayo, Tsion Habte in Gbolahan Obisesan’s “searingly potent and devastatingly powerful” production.

Tsion Habte (Iqra) and Adelayo Adedayo (Muna) in Cuttin' It at the Young Vic © David Sandison

Cuttin’ It. Photo by David Sandison.


Queens of Syria

Zoe Lafferty’s production was an extraordinary modern retelling of Euripides’ Trojan Women by a group of Syrian women, now refugees exiled in Jordan.


Now We Are Here

Four true stories written and developed in collaboration with four refugees leaving you both heart-broken and inspired by a person’s ability to endure, survive and come out the other side fighting.

Simple but starkly affecting – anyone still in any doubt about theatre’s ability to tackle the pressing stories of the day should acquaint themselves sharpish with the Young Vic’s wholly admirable Horizons season” – Evening Standard

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Now We Are Here. Photo by Helen Murray.

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Billie Piper. Simon Stone. Those Feels.
Read more about the “extraordinary theatrical triumph”.


The Mountaintop

Perhaps Ronke Adekoluejo put it best in her ‘gram of production photography, “This is Civil rights”. Roy Alexander Weise, winner of the JMK Award 2016, directed this revival of Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winner about King’s last night on earth to critical and audience acclaim. #PassTheBaton

A Man of Good Hope

The incredibly talented Isango Ensemble returned to the Young Vic, 8 years after their Olivier award-winning The Magic Flute, with an adaptation of Jonny Steinberg’s book detailing one refugee’s epic quest across Africa. No words or praise does the performance justice so re-live the trailer below and listen to some of the music on Soundcloud.

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Let’s hope 2017 makes us whole again with productions such as Joe Hill-Gibbin’s upcoming A Midsummer Night’s Dream, See Me Now a daring new production featuring and performed by sex workers, amongst others.
Jump the queue booking future YV productions by becoming a friend of the Young Vic, a perfect belated Christmas present.

11 Questions with the cast of Once in a Lifetime – Otto Farrant

You may remember Otto Farrant from *that* scene in A Streetcar Named Desire, but this winter he’s back in “stunningly stylish” (Metro ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) Once in a Lifetime treading the Young Vic boards as eccentric German film director, Kammerling.

We challenged Otto to answer our 11 Questions below.

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Otto Farrant in Once in a Lifetime. Photo by Johan Persson. 

Can you describe your character in Once in a Lifetime in three words?

Wears furry knickers

What’s it been like working with Richard Jones?

A Once in a Lifetime opportunity…

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?

Actors. No, seriously…

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?

Calming down Daniel Abelson

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?

‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore

What is your favourite midnight snack?

Mint tea

What was it that first got you interested in the theatre?

Gavroche singing ‘Little People’ from Les Mis.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

LONDON (South of the river, of course)

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?

Learn French and/or Russian

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?

Right here, right now

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?

The power to multitask