In on the Act

Take Part

In on the Act is Theatre Royal Wakefield’s training programme for young people aged 18-30 years who want to make theatre.

In on the Act meet to devise, write and create new theatre, enhance and develop performance skills and perform scripted work led by a professional director and facilitator.

What you can expect if you join In on the Act?

The group perform a scripted production each year in our Matcham auditorium, with previous productions including classics such as The Crucible, Kes, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as more contemporary writing such as Scuttlers, and The Laramie Project.

There are also opportunities to develop facilitation skills, taking part in educational performances for primary-aged children during Shakespeare week.

Performers are encouraged to contribute ideas and writing to devised work. The group have adapted several books for the stage, both for children and for adult audiences. Adaptations include The Velveteen Rabbit, and, this summer, The Red Shoes.

There are also opportunities to write and perform your own work, with the support of the group and our experienced creative team.

Who is it for?

We are looking for dynamic young people from a range of backgrounds to develop performance skills, tell stories and learn from other theatre-makers. The group is suitable for college leavers, undergraduates or those that may not have had any formal theatre training but have had experience with a youth theatre. You must display a knowledge of, and passion for, theatre making.

When and where do the sessions take place?

  • Regular sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6pm-9pm in The Walker Studio
  • There will be extra occasional sessions during daytimes, further weekday evenings or weekends – particularly in the lead up to a performance
  • Each term will last around twelve weeks
  • Term dates for 2021-22 can be viewed here

How much?

The full price fee for a twelve-week term is £120 which breaks down as £10 per session or £3.34 per hour. Students have a special rate of £60 per term. We are able to provide financial support to a limited number of participants.

How do I join?

The group will be welcoming new members from September 2022.

You can apply to join the group here

If you would like an informal chat about the group, please email

Ready to join In on the Act?

Contact Gavin if you need any further information.

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