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An applied theatre course with one route, Directing Text in association with the National Theatre. Students work in partnership with young people and the theatres as part of the National Connections Scheme.
Central offers a PG Certificate in Applied Theatre with Young People (PGATYP) in Directing Text in association with the National Theatre, as part of their Connections Scheme. You apply initially through the scheme at The National Theatre.
The PGATYP is designed to provide a qualification based on work undertaken in partnership with the National Theatre in directing theatre and drama with young people (young people are usually interpreted as up to the age of 25 years). The course offers direct entry to Central’s MA Applied Theatre on successful completion of the PGATYP.
The Connections Scheme is one of the world’s largest celebrations of Youth Theatre. Produced by the National Theatre Learning Department, Connections was established in the mid-1990s as a response to a demand for new plays by highly respected contemporary writers for young people to perform.
In each cycle of Connections, the National Theatre commissions a number of new plays. Playwrights previously featured in the project include Dario Fo, Jackie Kay, Judy Upton, Andy Hamilton, Sarah Daniels, Sharman Macdonald, Bryony Lavery, Ali Clark and Mark Ravenhill. Hundreds of youth theatre and school groups from around the UK, Ireland and, increasingly, abroad apply to take part. Those selected (currently around 200) are asked to choose one text from the portfolio of plays that the National Theatre has provided.
Productions that result from the first phase of the Connections programme transfer to other venues, appearing within a series of regional festivals across the country. Some 12 productions nationally are presented in a final festival of work on the stages of the National Theatre.
As part of the Connections programme, as directors of young people, you will select a new play and produce it with a youth company. You may also transfer it to another venue. This work is likely to be challenging and creative and it calls for artistic and strategic decisions geared to the selection of a particular piece for a specific context. You will make choices about rehearsal techniques and staging possibilities, and will oversee the pragmatics of production, continually interacting with the members of the company to ensure that they are developing both as young artists and as responsible members of a project for a public performance.
Together with an accompanying portfolio, this forms the content of the larger of two units in the PG Certificate. For the second unit of the PGATYP, you join Central’s MA Applied Theatre students for ‘Critical Contexts’, a theoretical unit engaging you with contemporary issues in applied theatre discourses.
Visit the National Theatre Connections pages to find out more about the programme.
Please download the application form available below. Once completed this should be sent to:
Directing Text (National Theatre) pathway - send application form to Central*
* For the Directing Text pathway, an application should ONLY be made by a prospective student once they have been accepted onto the National Theatre Youth Connection scheme
We particularly encourage applications from groups currently under-represented in higher education, such as students with disabilities and members of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups. Find out more information on Central’s commitment to equality and diversity.
Application form (PDF, 150KB)
Reference form (PDF, 497KB)
Application form (Word, 462KB)
Reference form (Word, 195KB)
Graduated from the PG Certificate Applied Theatre with Young People in 2013, then successfully graduated from Central’s MA Applied Theatre in 2014, now running his own youth theatre and drama school, Bodens.
Already a practitioner with my own successful performing arts school, Boden’s Performing Arts, I revisited my studying at Central as continued professional development. I graduated from the PGCert last year and left with a completely different approach to working with young people, one I have absorbed into my practice. What I learned about using theatre as a tool for development and change has infiltrated passionately into my life and work as an Applied Theatre Practitioner.
Graduated 2015, progressed to Central’s MA Applied Theatre.
The PG Certificate was a year packed with invaluable practical experience, which has given me both an array of devising techniques and an extensive toolkit for my own practice. This practical experience has created opportunities for me in the field of Applied Theatre as well as mainstream theatre. Central has encouraged me to explore different practices and experiment with my own in order to push boundaries. Central is such a creative and vibrant place that it attracts globally like-minded individuals with whom you can collaborate whilst learning from those at the forefront of their field.
View profiles of the academic staff who teach on this course. Click on each staff member to find out more about them.
Notable graduates of this course include:
Gemma Woffinden (2009) Youth Theatre Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse
Sylvan Baker - Associate Director People’s Palace
Emma Dennis-Edwards - Actress Clean Traverse Theatre Company / 59e59 Theatre New York