Youth Theatre for Actors (age 6-17) | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Youth Theatre for Actors (age 6-17)

This course is for students age 6-17 years who will work as a team, extensively on the use and interpretation of text, and develop skills in voice, movement and acting.

Youth Theatre for Actors (age 6-11)

    Course fee



    Concessionary Fee

    £468 (see Course detail)

In this creatively inspiring one-week course students will develop skills in ensemble working, voice, movement and acting.

Through games, exercises, storytelling and looking at text, students will grow in confidence, engage with their imaginations and learn to work together.

To get the most from this course, students don't need to have any prior experience but should have energy and the willingness to work as a team member. 

At the end of the week students will perform to an invited audience of parents and guardians.

Course Detail

Dates:  5 days. 10:00 - 16:30 each day. Dates for 2020 will be available in December 2019.

Location: Central's main campus in Swiss Cottage, London.

Age: 6-17 years (students will be grouped by age)

Maximum class size: 20

Requirements: Applicants must be confident speaking and understanding English to a conversational level (IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent).

Concessionary rate: Available to those that are in receipt of UK benefits for either disability or unemployment.

At Central the wellbeing and safety of our students is our upmost priority.  All our youth theatre staff are subject to an enhanced DBS check and receive safeguarding training and advice. Please see Centrals Safeguarding Policy for more details.


Our courses are available on a first-come, first served basis in order of payment. To secure a place, please follow the steps below:-

1. Click on "Book Now" on the left-hand side of this screen and complete the online application.

2. You will then receive an automated email with confirmation of application and your Student ID number.

3. Please then call the office on 0207 559 3960 quoting your Student ID number to make payment of the course fee. Our phone line is open from 9am - 4.30pm,  Monday to Friday. 

Please note, to confirm a place, payments must be received in full.


Are your courses suitable for complete beginners?

Many of our courses are perfect for complete beginners. Please see the course information above for more details on the amount of experience required for your preferred course.

Can I/my child be in a class with their friends/siblings?

We can't guarentee that children will be in placed in a class with their friends or siblings. We welcome between 60-80 students aged between 6 and 17 to the Youth Theatre for Actor's summer short course and group these into 3-4 classes arranged by age. These are decided strictly by birthdate and class placements are non-negotiable. There will be a maximum of 20 students per class. 

Can I sit in and observe my child's class?

In order for all children to feel comfortable and to create a great rehearsal room atmosphere we don't allow parent's or guardians to sit in, or observe classes as it can distrupt the group dynamic. If you wish to be nearby, we have a small cafe on site that you'd be welcome to wait in.

How important is it that participants are available for every session?

Very important! Our courses offer the chance to experience conservatoire-style training and as such we take attendance and punctuality very seriously.

Where does the course take place?

All of our summer short courses take place at our main, purpose built campus at Swiss Cottage. It’s in Zone 2, and right next to Swiss Cottage tube station. The Jubilee Line takes you into Central London within minutes.

Do you provide accommodation for Summer School students?

As a small, specialist institution we don’t have our own student accommodation for any course (including our main BA and MA programmes). However there’s plenty of accommodation available locally to suit all tastes and budgets, from 5 star hotels, to boutique youth hostels and lots of AirBnb properties.

I don’t know if I need a visa/which visa I need. Can you help?

Our general visa advice is below. Unfortunately, we’re not able to advise further as each student’s situation is different.

Who will the tutor's be?

All of our courses are run by professional actors, coaches and directors and as such it may not be possible to confirm the name of your tutor until just before the course begins. Rest assured that we only work with the best of the best – all of our tutors have a background in working as professional actors and directors as well as being highly experienced and much sought after teachers! In addition to this, for all of our Youth Courses our tutors are DBS checked and have gone through NSPCC Child Protection training. 

Who is eligible for the concessionary fee?

Central offers a concessionary rate for some courses. You may be eligible if you can submit proof of being an EU citizen in receipt of benefits for unemployment and/or disability within the UK, along with your registration form.

Can I pay online?

At the present time, we’re only able to accept payment over the phone by credit or debit card or cash in person at our reception. Please see the Booking section above for more details.

Can I pay in instalments?

Unfortunately not. We need to receive payment in full to confirm your place on the course.

I can no longer attend – can I get a refund?

You can receive a refund up until 2 weeks before a course begins by contacting the Short Courses office. A 15% administration fee will be applied unless you request the refund within two weeks of the date that you made the booking.

Within two weeks of the course beginning we’re unable to offer any refunds at all.

It is not possible to defer places on the Summer Short Courses.

I have more questions – who can I contact?

If you’ve not found the answer to your question here, please get in touch with our Short Courses team who will be happy to help you.