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National Youth Theatre auditions in Bristol

By Steve Wright , Monday Feb 3, 2020

The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain (NYT) is heading to Bristol in search of undiscovered young talent.

Applicants are invited to take part in local acting auditions taking place at Hamilton House on February 9 and 16, Trinity on February 17 and 23 and 1532 Performing Arts Centre on February 18 and 19.

Successful applicants will join a celebrated company of hand-picked young talent, following in the footsteps of alumni including Helen Mirren, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Craig, Matt Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Bristol’s own Con O’Neill, the Olivier Award winning actor as seen in the hit musical Blood Brothers, and recently in the acclaimed TV series Chernobyl and Happy Valley.

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Last year, over 5000 young people auditioned at over 60 venues around the UK. The NYT membership that participants receive allows them the opportunity to showcase their acting abilities through NYT productions, locally, nationally and internationally and develop their skills working with the industry’s top professionals.

The National Youth Theatre’s 2018 production of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Pic: Helen Murray

Participants can also be considered to be part of the NYT REP Company, a free alternative to formal training that offers workshops with leading practitioners and the chance to perform three productions in an established London
venue.

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Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown), who is a National Youth Theatre Patron and alumnus, offers this advice to auditionees: “Pick a speech that you like, work as hard as you can and try your absolute best, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself. If you don’t get in this year there’s always next year. It’s a great company and, if you work hard, apply yourself and bring the right spirit, it’s a place where you can really learn and develop, and a company that will nurture you.”

NYT’s Summer Acting Course. Pic: Ali Wright

Following auditions for NYT’s Summer Acting Course, successful applicants aged 14-17 will gain a space on NYT’s Junior Acting Course; successful applicants aged 18-25 will join NYT’s three-week Senior Acting Course or a four-week Epic Stages Course. Intake courses take place in August. Acting auditions consist of a three-hour group workshop and an individual performance of a prepared speech. Speeches should be from a published play and learned by heart.

Acting auditions and backstage audition course dates can be booked and purchased via
www.nyt.org.uk/auditions for £39 or £46. Applicants must apply at least 48 hours before each audition day.

Top pic: Helen Murray

Read more: Bristol’s theatrical treasures earn national recognition

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