For Children & Young People

What are you into?  At Derby Theatre we have opportunities for you to develop skills and confidence, not only in performance but also in back stage areas like technical theatre, leadership, events management and writing for theatre. Take a look and see how you can get involved!

Youth Theatre

Learning Theatre - Youth Theatre

Interested in seeing, making and performing theatre? If you are aged between 8 and 18 and want the opportunity to work with professional theatre practitioners and perform on stage every year, apply today! We work towards a major annual show that is professionally produced on our main stage for our two older groups and in our studio theatre for the two younger groups.

Years 8-10: Tuesdays or Thursdays 5pm - 6.30pm

Years 11-13: Sundays 10am – 11.30am or 12pm - 1:30pm

Years 14-18: Fridays 6.00-8.00pm and Sundays 2pm - 4pm

Deaf Friendly: Wednesdays 4.30 -6.00pm

Years 16-21: Theatre Makers: Mondays 6.00-8.00pm

All take place during term time and are £80 a term*

Please be aware that the Youth Theatre is very popular and we have a waiting list in place for all the groups.

To register for a place on the waiting list please download and complete this form and return to



Young Technicians

Derby Theatre, Learning Theatre - 1984 Backstage

A year-long course, run by our professional technicians, that looks at all aspects of the technical side of theatre including lighting, sound and design. In the third term you will get technical experience and shadowing opportunities on our shows.

Cost: £40 per term
Academic Years: 9 -13/Further Education

Please note, there is currently a waiting list for this group. Please contact Cheryl at or call Box Office on 01332 593939 for more information and to join the waiting list.

Work Experience Placements - Years 10

Our work experience placements are designed to offer an overview of the organisation, giving you an insight into the broad range of careers in theatre which are available. You will get the chance to move around the theatre, spending time in the different departments and lead on your own small theatre project, which will vary depending on the activities at the theatre in the time you visit us.

Summer Schools 2019

Devising with Milk Presents

Monday 12 - Friday 16 August

Ages: 14 - 21

Cost: £100 for the week*

Award-winning theatre company and Derby Theatre associates Milk Presents will spend a week developing ideas for a new show with a group of ambitious young theatre makers and performers.

During the week you will devise writing and movement around the themes of the show, including what makes you feel powerless/powerful, shame and pride, culminating in a sharing of the work to an invited audience. This is a great opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed theatre company, learn how professional theatre is made and to explore your own ideas and identity through performance.

Book Your Place

Play In A Week

Monday 19 - Friday 23 August

Ages: 8-13

Cost: £100 for the week*

Join Derby Theatre professionals this summer to learn new skills and work as a team to create a performance to be shared on the final day for family and friends.

Book Your Place

*For all our youth groups there are a limited number of half price and free places available for families with limited financial means. Please enquire.