In 2012 Paul Roseby, Artistic Director and CEO of National Youth Theatre (NYT), launched a new REP company that would provide intensive real-world experience each year to a group of young performers and creatives.
Celebrating their tenth anniversary the ground-breaking free industry-based alternative to formal training will present three productions.
Gone Too Far! by Bola Agbaje directed by Monique Touko best director at the stage debut awards 2022 at Theatre Royal Stratford East (24 March – 1 April 2023)
Much Ado About Nothing remixed by Debris Stevenson and directed by Josie Daxter at the Duke of York’s theatre in the West End with 1000 £10 tickets. (7-10 February 2023)
And a new version by Anne Carson of Bakkhai directed by Maisie Newman, the 2022 Bryan Forbes bursary director at the NYT’s Workshop Theatre (2-6 May 2023)
Launched in response to the rise in drama school fees, the Rep is free with bursary support available and has provided the equivalent of over £1.3million worth of invaluable industry-based learning.
Paul Roseby OBE, CEO & Artistic Director said: “It’s 10 years since we launched the NYT REP in response to the rise in drama school fees, but the challenges faced by young talent around the UK today is greater than ever with the cost of living crisis and decline of arts in schools. This year’s REP will offer opportunity, entertainment and hope. Young will talent takeover an iconic West End venue with tickets from £10, Bola Agbaje’s award-winning debut is revived offering a welcome shake-up to the curriculum and a young director supported by the Bryan Forbes Bursary reinterprets a classic for our time. Learning by doing it through a free industry-based audience-facing approach has been a game-changer over the last 10 years, as the REP graduates leading major shows prove. Now more than ever we must support flexible free alternative routes for young talent to take centre stage and bring young talent and audiences back to the West End.”
In this 10th year the NYT REP company led by NYT Associate Director Anna Niland will be made up of: Hannah Zoé Ankrah, Tomás Azocar-Nevin, Eleanor Booth, Chloe Cooper, Daniel Cawley, Jack D’Arcy, Jez Davess-Humphrey, Jessica Enemokwu, Isolde Fenton, Kira Golightly, Thuliswa Magwaza, Dalumuzi Moyo, Olivia Ng, Jasmine Ricketts, Nathaly Sabino and Jerome Scott. Each year NYT REP members are mentored by industry professional including casting directors, producers and performers. This year they will be mentored by Isabel Adomakoh Young, Amy Ball, Rikki Beadle-Blair, Johnny Capps, Steffan Donnelly, Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, Lucianne McEvoy, Ray Fearon, Kane Husbands, Bryony Jarvis-Taylor, Kate Kennedy, Lauren Lyle, Ruth O’Dowd, Amanda Wilkin and Ashley Zhangazha.