Sundays 4.30-6pm

10 week terms

£120 per term

If you wish to enroll please contact Artistic Director Ann Ellison on
01225 428600 or

Launched in the same year as the parent company, Next Stage Youth has been in existence since 1994. Next Stage tutors and actors have coached hundreds of youngsters, preparing many for performances, auditions and competitions. Indeed, some of our talented young actors have gone on from Next Stage Youth to train for the professional theatre.

Key attributes of Next Stage Youth are:

  • An emphasis on friendship, teamwork, support and a professional grounding in theatre arts.

  • No auditions.

  • The opportunity to perform in 1-2 fully staged productions a year.

  • Training in all performance skills, including backstage roles.

  • Regular, professionally-led workshops.

  • The opportunity to take part in festival work.

  • A dedicated 100 - 150 seater, versatile performance space - The Mission Theatre - enabling the company to frequently produce plays in-the-round.

  • Regular collaboration on productions with Next Stage Theatre Company.

  • The opportunity, on occasions, to take part in bi-annual tours to the Minack open-air Theatre on the cliffs at Porthcurno, Cornwall.

  • A bursary scheme is available to help established members to pursue further training for the professional theatre.

Next Stage Youth working alongside Next Stage Theatre Company

Members of Next Stage Youth frequently enjoy the opportunity to work with adult actors from Next Stage Theatre Company. Most recently, The Railway Children in 2018 had a cast of 10 youth actors and 7 adults. Such collaborations are enjoyed by all. Youthers occasionally join adult casts going on tour, as was the case with Next Stage’s August 2019 production of Great Expectations which toured to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall from 29th July - 2nd August. Click HERE to read more.

Come You Giants Bursary

In May 2012, Next Stage Theatre Company announced the creation of the Come You Giants (CYG) bursary, open to all members of Next Stage Youth who have been in the company for at least 1 year. The £1000 grant has been set up specifically to help young and talented actors who wish to pursue further training in performing arts. In 2019, the bursary was awarded to Ralph Leming to help to support his digital training at Trowbridge College.

To see previous recipients and find out how funding has been used to benefit past Next Stage Youth members, click HERE.

Applications are open from 1st to 31st May of each year. To download a form, click HERE.

The Bridget Casse Award for Excellence in Youth Theatre

Each year, the Next Stage Youth tutors nominate youth members for this prestigious award from which one individual is selected. Inaugurated in 2010, in memory of a talented Next Stage actress - Bridget Casse - who had also been a Youth tutor.

The trophy is given to somebody who has shown theatrical talent, enthusiasm, a willingness to help out and a positive attitude towards fellow members. The Bridget Casse trophy was awarded for the first time in 2010 to Philip Davies, in 2011 to Anna-Fleur Rawlinson, in 2012 to Jenny McGlynn, in 2013 to James Langley, in 2014 to Ben Armstrong, in 2015 to Amberley Couchman, in 2016 to Olivia Anniss, and in 2017 to Georges Boutin. The current award holder is Hugo Worrall

Autumn Enrolment

Autumn enrolment for Next Stage Youth is on Sunday 10th November 4.30-6pm.

For further information please call Ann Ellison on 01225 428600 or email

The winners and nominees of the 2018 bridget casse award

The winners and nominees of the 2018 bridget casse award

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