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. We offer workshops, masterclasses and performance opportunities in dance, theatre, music and visual arts, running during the school holidays.
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 help to shape their own style of creating.
In 2020 – 2021…
- We ran 19 workshops (16 of which were free)
- We ran 3 courses
- We worked with 158 young people
- We 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. There is no pressure to attend every month and it is all completely free. If transport is a problem, we can help.
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 National Theatre 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: email@example.com
National Theatre (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.
NT 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.