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APA Young Company aims to give aspiring theatre makers aged 18-25 an opportunity to develop their skills, share practice, gain industry experience and take control of the artistic process. This is a brand new project for 2019 and we are looking for experienced, reflective and adventurous young artists to help shape the company and drive it forward.

Why APA Young Company?

We aim to nurture independence and artistic leadership, encouraging increased responsibility for professional development. You will have the opportunity to work alongside a small group of likeminded young theatre-makers on projects designed and directed by you. You will be supported by one of APA’s experienced drama facilitators, have the opportunity to take part in professional training and development and have access to bespoke work experience and shadowing opportunities across the organisation.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for Young People, aged 18-25 with an interest in working as an ensemble to create interesting, vibrant high quality performances, taking responsibility for all aspects of the production process. While performance skills are essential, we would be particularly interested in those wishing to develop further skills, for example in directing, writing, technical or design.  Experience is preferred however commitment, a willingness to learn and experiment and an ability to work as part of an ensemble is essential.

How do I get involved?

To celebrate the launch of the Young Company, we are hosting four weeks of intensive theatre making workshops led by industry experts covering a range of performance styles and skills. These will take place weekly from Thursday 24th January to Thursday 14th February. You are welcome to join us for all four sessions or to drop in for one or two.  More information about this programme of workshops can be found below.

This will be followed by a workshop audition on Thursday 21st February from which we will select 12 participants to take part in the first project. You will not need to prepare anything for this, just bring along your enthusiasm and good ideas!


Introduction to Ensemble Theatre-Making with Judith Stephen, Young Company Director
Thursday 24th January, 6-9pm, His Majesty’s Theatre Education Studio

“Brilliant individual actors in a show are not enough. We have to think of a performance as a harmonious union of all the elements into a single artistic creation”. – Stanislavski

What is Ensemble? Can it be cultivated or is it purely a matter of chance? How do we define it and how do we begin to create a new Ensemble? Using a variety of games and exercises this workshop will take a practical approach to introducing the essential building blocks of ensemble theatre making, exploring the individual and group qualities required to achieve a healthy and successful Ensemble.

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Physical Theatre with Surge
Thursday 31st January, 6-9pm, His Majesty’s Theatre Education Studio

Learn how to tell stories with the body rather than words. In this practical workshop with experienced and industry active Surge practitioners you will explore physical techniques to train the body to creatively express emotion without the use of verbal language. The workshop will focus on individual and ensemble movement, group storytelling, feeling through the body and establishing atmosphere. Breaking body habits enables the performer to make stronger, braver choices and to be more precise and connected in their work. These techniques will be used towards devising and composing narrative through physicality.

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Introduction to Dramaturgy with Nicholas Barton-Wines
Thursday 7th February, 6-9pm, His Majesty’s Theatre Education Studio

An active exploration of the structure of plays, highlighting how a protagonist’s tactics inform their next obstacle, to create dramatic and dynamic new work. This workshop will provide participants with a framework to understand and execute ideas and a broader comprehension of how their characters connect to the rest of the play. Ultimately, we will unpick the answer to the question “What makes a good play?”

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Working with Mask with Kristofor Bate, Maskcraft
Thursday 14th February, 6-9pm, His Majesty’s Theatre Education Studio

This workshop provides students with a unique opportunity to develop performance skills in mask and physical theatre, as well as discover new ways to create dynamic characters and stories. Using a variety of full face character masks students will learn exciting ways to devise, perform and play.

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Workshop Audition with Judith Stephen, Young Company Director
Thursday 21st February, 6-9pm, His Majesty’s Theatre Education Studio

£10 per workshop or you can book all four for £35. Please note that there is no charge to attend the workshop audition on Thursday 21st February.

If you have any questions about booking a place, please contact the Box Office on 01224 641122 or visit them in person. If you would like any more information about this project, please contact Laura.Callahan@aberdeenperformingarts.com.