For ages 12-17.

YouthLab exists to inspire and empower young people aged 12-17 who are passionate about the arts and to encourage self-expression, working collectively and developing a craft.

We commission a range of artists to deliver projects for our YouthLab programme. At the heart of each workshop or course is a sense of fun, playfulness and curiosity. This approach gives opportunity for participants to experience a wide range of styles, techniques and ways of working which will help to shape their own style of creating.

We offer workshops, masterclasses and performance opportunities in dance, theatre, music and visual arts, running during the school holidays.

Full bursary places are available on all YouthLab projects. For more information, contact our Participation Manager, Abie Walton, on

In 2020 – 2021…

We have run 19 workshops (16 of which were free)
We have run 3 courses
We have worked with 158 young people
We have offered 29 bursary places

YouthLab: Theatre Club

Open to anyone aged 13 – 18 who identifies as a young carer.

It is important for young carers to have the opportunity to relax, take a break from their caring role, meet other young carers and have fun.

The Theatre Club meet monthly and have dinner together before watching a show at The North Wall. During Autumn 2021, the group meets on the dates below to watch the following shows:

Fri 22 Oct 2021 – Burnt Lemon Theatre: Tokyo Rose

Wed 03 Nov 2021 – Emma Blackman Productions: Bobby & Amy

Thu 16 Dec 2021– Creation Theatre/The North Wall: Pinocchio

There is no pressure to attend every month and it is all completely free. If transport is a problem, we may be able to help.

Theatre Club is a legacy project continued from Lung Theatre’s Who Cares Campaign. For more information:

What Is A Young Carer?

• You’re a young carer if you’re under-18 and help to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem.

• If you’re a young carer, you probably look after one of your parents or care for a brother or sister.

• You may do extra jobs in and around the home, such as cooking, cleaning or helping someone get dressed and move around.

• Along with doing things to help your brother or sister, you may be giving them and your parents emotional support, too.

• For more information, click here:

For more information about, or to sign up to be part of Theatre Club, please email Abie Walton:

OX2 Collective

OX2 Collective is a young company run in partnership by The North Wall and St Edward’s School. OX2 Collective runs from September – May each year and works towards a performance at the NT Connections festival at The North Wall.

In 2020 – 2021, the company was made up of pupils from The Swan School in Marston, and pupils from St Edward’s School. If you are interested in applying to be part of next year’s company, contact Abie:

Find out more about OX2 Collective

NT Connections

We are proud to be one of the National Theatre Connections’ Partner Theatres. We host a Festival each year in May and welcome up to eight young companies into our building to share in performances, workshops and Q&As.

Connections is open to any company of young people aged 13-19. Whether you’re a school, youth theatre, voluntary organisation, are experienced or you’ve never staged a production before, your group can apply to be part of Connections. More information can be found here.


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