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

    £475 (see Course detail)

Due to the global COVID-19/Coronavirus situation, our summer short courses have been cancelled for July/August 2020. Please refer to our COVID-19/ Coronavirus webpage for further information.

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. Monday 27 July - Friday 31 July 2020 (Cancelled). 

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 utmost 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 take the following steps:-


1. Read through our Terms and Conditions by clicking on the link on the left-hand side of this webpage. 

2. Click on "Book Now" on the left-hand side of this screen where you will be redirected to an Eventbrite booking page.

3. Check that you are booking for your preferred dates. 

4. Click on 'Tickets' on our Eventbrite booking page and follow the instructions.


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

We can't guarantee that children will be 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 parents or guardians to sit in, or observe classes as it can disrupt 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 in installments?

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 1 week before a course begins by contacting the logging back into your Eventbrite account. 

Within one week 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.