Young people are being invited to take over Durham’s Gala Theatre this summer – in order to create and perform a show of their own.

Act Up is a summer school programme that encourages aspiring actors and young technicians to work together to develop a play. The participants will come up with ideas, develop characters, put together their show and then perform it in front of a real audience.

Act Up is open to youngsters between the ages of seven and 15 who have a passion for or interest in the theatre. No previous experience of acting or theatre work is required, just plenty of enthusiasm.

The programme will see the students working alongside professional drama teachers, directors and technicians to give them a chance to really learn their trades.

The sessions are guaranteed to be fast-paced, fun and excellent for building acting and social skills.

The Act Up programme will last for five days, after which the participants will put on their show on Friday 9th August at 7.00 pm.

The service manager of the Durham Gala Theatre, Robin Byers, said, “All are invited, whether it’s a new interest or a life-long passion. Theatre can have a transformative effect on young people’s lives, helping them grow in confidence, make friends and explore the limits of their imagination.”

“The course is a great opportunity to experience the world of theatre and make use of our excellent facilities at the Gala Theatre, as well as the professionals who will offer great guidance.”

The Act Up summer school will be held from Monday 5th to Friday 9th August. Each day, the sessions will take place between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm, except for the Friday, when the sessions will last from 1.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

The course costs £120 per participant, but if siblings are enrolled together the price drops to £100 per person.

To learn more or to book a place at the Act Up summer school, please go to

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