Youth Theatre

Become a part of the acclaimed and dynamic NST Youth Theatre and work with professional theatre makers to create thrilling and inspiring work as part of our main house programme. Find your voice and explore the transformative nature of theatre.

NST Youth Theatre brings some exciting changes to the way the youth theatre is set up this year. Where previously you have chosen which project you will be working on for the year, this year there is the opportunity for you to audition to be involved in every production we put on! This year we are returning to age banded groups while rehearsals for productions we are working on will take part in separate sessions. 

If you are not working on a production you will be in the age banded groups that will be working on developing your drama and acting skills through exercises, games, ensemble based workshops and in session performance opportunities. These will run for 10 weeks per term.

Everyone will be able to take part in auditions for Youth Theatre productions. If you are cast in one of our productions you will leave your group for the duration of the rehearsals and only attend rehearsals on Fridays and Sundays. You will not be needed every Sunday however you will need to commit to all of the rehearsals you are needed for.


Please note: Sessions do not run during Half Term.


9 January - 3 April (10 sessions, excluding 16 Jan & 20 Feb)

13 – 14 year olds (school year 9) 17:30-19:00



10 January - 4 April (10 sessions, excluding Jan 17 & Feb 21)

14 -16 year olds (school years 10 & 11) 17:30-19:00

16 – 21 year olds (school years 12, 13 & tertiary) 19:15-20:45


Thursdays: 26 January - 6 April (10 sessions, excluding 23 Feb)

16 – 21 year olds (school years 12, 13 & tertiary) 19:15-20:45


Please note that if you are 16 - 21, you will only be required to attend ONE of the sessions per week.

Youth Theatre sessions runs at our rehearsal room at Swaythling Neighbourhood Centre, which is a 5 minute walk from NST Campus.

Cost: £65 per term

If you're interested in our Youth programme but aren't quite 13 yet then check out NST Drama Club for 5 - 13 year olds.


Do you want to get involved? Just download a waiting list application form and send it back to [email protected] and we'll be in touch as soon as a space opens up in the appropriate group.


If you have any questions or would like more information about NST Youth Theatre, please email [email protected] or call 023 8031 5500 (option 2).

In 2016 NST worked with celebrated physical theatre company Frantic Assembly, to create a brand new show for Hampshire County Youth Theatre. Slingshot: a Sudden Change In Direction was performed in the round on the NST Campus stage on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd September 2016. 

We would like to congratulate all that took part to create such a memorable piece of theatre. NST would like to thank Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Cultural Trust, Theatre Royal Winchester and others who wish to remain anonymous for their partnership and support to create this wonderful project.

Details for Hampshire County Youth Theatre 2017 to follow soon. To register your interest, please email [email protected]


The perfect introduction to theatre for 5 – 13 year olds.

Fun, fast-moving sessions of games and exercises to test skills and develop imagination. Through Drama Club children and young people develop confidence to express themselves. Sessions are split into age groups, where children will explore different styles and approaches to drama, in an informal and friendly environment. Each term runs for 10 sessions.

For more information or to book a place please contact us on 023 8031 5500 (option 2) or email [email protected]

Spring 2017 Term Dates

Saturday Groups

14 January - 1 April 2017
(10 sessions, no sessions 18 & 25 February)

5 – 7 year olds (school years 1 & 2)
Saturdays: 09:30-10:30 

7 – 8 year olds (school year 3)
Saturdays: 10:35-11:35

8 – 9 year olds (school year 4)
Saturdays: 11:40-12:40

Wednesday Groups

18 January - 5 April 2017
(11 sessions, no session 22 February)

9 – 11 year olds (school years 5 & 6)
Wednesdays: 16:15-17:45

11 – 13 year olds (school years 7 & 8)
Wednesdays: 18:00-19:30

Membership: £65 per term (bursaries are available on application) 

If you're over the age of 13 but are still interested in our youth programme then check out NST Youth Theatre for 13-21 year olds.


We're always on the lookout for keen new members, so if you'd like to join us, please sign up to be on our waiting list. Just download a waiting list application form and send it back to us and we'll be in touch as soon as a space opens up in the right group.

Please contact us if you have any questions.


If you have any questions or would like more information about Drama Club, please email [email protected] or call 023 8031 5500 (option 2).