Speak Up is a new secondary school programme that aims to inspire a movement of young people, who want to speak up about the issues that matter to them – in their schools, their communities and nationally. Theatre Royal Wakefield are proud to be a Speak Up partner

Young people will work collaboratively with their teachers, artists, local arts organisations and the National Theatre to make local artworks and creative projects.

This innovative programme has been developed for young people who have been most affected by the pandemic and whose voices are not always heard.

Speak Up takes place in areas of low arts engagement where there is an inequality of access to opportunities for young people.

Schools in Wakefield are selected by Theatre Royal Wakefield and the National Theatre.

Speak Up is a co-created programme where young people, teachers and artists are equal partners.

Young people will be supported and nurtured to become the leaders of the future, putting them at the heart of the creative process and decision making.

Teachers will become opportunity seekers and actively find ways that Speak Up can shape the culture of their school.

Artists will collaboratively and equitably make work without any predetermined outcomes.

Arts organisations will use this programme to meaningfully shape how those with less power can have genuine agency within their organisations.  

Over three years Speak Up will engage with 140,000 young people in 55 selected secondary schools nationwide. Together we will inspire each other to find new ways to think, see and bring about change individually and in the world. 

Artists and Facilitators

We are recruiting artists and facilitators from across a range of artforms to be part of this creative process here in Wakefield, working with our selected secondary schools. We are particularly interested in meeting artists born in or living in the Wakefield District, and artists from underrepresented backgrounds, including global majority artists. We are holding a Speak Up Artist Recruitment Event on Tuesday 4 October at Theatre Royal Wakefield. This event is 'by invite' based on the information in your completed Expression of Interest form. You may want to attend one of our 'Come and Meet us' chats before completing the Expression of Interest form.

Find Out More

Gemma Woffinden, Speak Up Producer for Theatre Royal Wakefield, is holding 'come and meet us' sessions at Theatre Royal Wakefield on Thursday 25 August and Tuesday 30 August. These are 'first-come-first-served' and are nearly full.

This is a chance to meet with Gemma and find out more about the project, the schools and young people that we are working with, and to support you to complete your Expression of Interest form for our Speak Up Artist Recruitment Event.

To sign up to come along to one of these sessions, please book a time to come and meet us using the form below:

Come and Meet Us Form


If you want to go straight to the Expression of Interest Form to be considered for shortlisting for the Speak Up Artist Recruitment Event of 4 October, the form is below. Forms must be completed by 16 September, and you will hear from us on 19 September if we invite you to the Artist Recruitment Event.

Expression of Interest Form

We would also appreciate if you could complete our equal opportunities form at the same time:

Equal Opportunities Form

Working with Theatre Royal Wakefield often involves working with children or adults at risk. Therefore, Theatre Royal Wakefield reserves the right to run security checks (with the Disclosure and Barring Service, DBS) on applicants for certain positions. At the meeting, this important part of our recruitment procedure will be discussed with you and you will be informed if it is considered appropriate for such a check to be carried out in your case. If a DBS check is undertaken it will be done so in line with the DBS code of practice. Please visit the DBS website to view the code.

Theatre Royal Wakefield has a policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders which is available on request