Youth Arts Network Cymru

A group for young people, youth theatres, you arts practitioners and any body working with young people in theatre and the arts.

Location: Wales
Members: 152
Latest Activity: Apr 5, 2018

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YOCA: Youth of Creative Arts Projects and Opportunities

Youth of Creative Arts (YOCA) is a theatre company specialising in using narrative and story telling to instigate and effect personal, political and social change.Since 2005 we have been helping to…Continue

Started by Jennifer Ruth Sturt Jun 9, 2014.

YAN Day in Theatr Felinfach (SUNDAY 2 March 2014)

Apologies - the YAN Day in Theatr Felinfach is on Sunday 2 March 2014 NOT on Saturday as previously posted.Continue

Started by National Youth Arts Wales Feb 18, 2014.

Diwrnod Rhwydweithio ar gyfer Gweithwyr Proffesiynol yn y Celfyddydau sy’n Gweithio gyda Phobl Ifanc

Cyfle i archwilio’r potensial ar gyfer Rhwydwaith Celfyddydau Ieuenctid sy’n cysylltu darparwyr ac ymarferwyr celfyddydau ieuenctid ar draws Cymru. Pryd:      Dydd Sadwrn 2 Mawrth 2014 (10am –…Continue

Started by National Youth Arts Wales Feb 18, 2014.

A Networking Day for Arts Professionals Who Work with Young People

Sign-up for a Youth Arts networking and skill-sharing opportunity!  Please circulate or forward to your own networks and contacts, with apologies for any cross or multiple-postings.An opportunity to…Continue

Started by National Youth Arts Wales Feb 18, 2014.

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Comment by Emrys Barnes on April 5, 2018 at 23:20

F*cktons of Fairies: New Action Theatre Group

South Wales theatre company F*cktons of Faries are back, and we're embarking on an exciting new project. 

We're starting a theatre laboratory group, and we are inviting artists to come and join us. The group's explorations will be rooted in Action Theatre, the methodology developed by performance artist Ruth Zaporah. Action Theatre is a psycho-physical approach, that trains the body and mind to become more aware and present. Through structured improvisations, the group will train as an ensemble, together building performance skills, sharing creative ideas and reflections.

Sessions will run every Thursday, from 7:30pm - 9:30pm, at WMC.

If you'd like to join us, and be a part of this collective exploration, please write to, outlining your interest in the project and your relevant eperience. We look forward to hearing from you!

F*cktons of Fairies


Comment by Kym Bartlett on June 5, 2017 at 4:09

Grants Available for Actor Parents and their Children

- support available for the children of actors from birth to graduation

The Actors' Children's Trust ( is in the fortunate position of being able to increase its grants and support a lot more people. We fund actor-parents, where acting has been the main part of your professional career.  Whilst most charities only give grants when you are unable to work, ACT knows that this isn't enough.

A depressing number of actors are forced to quit the profession when they become parents, simply because life becomes impossible. Earnings are too low and too unpredictable to organise and fund regular childcare. 'Free hours' barely exist for actors' unsocial work time. Schedules get changed at the last minute, meaning sudden needs for extra childcare.  ACT is delighted that our childcare grants are helping actor-parents stay in the profession they love.  Some parents welcome a monthly payment (e.g. £100 to £400), while others find a lump sum best at the start of a new job such as a tour.

Applications are processed within a month (or a few days in the case of crisis funding), and support can be one-off or continue for some years. Please help us spread the word about this resource for actor families by telling other actors. Also follows us on Twitter @ActorsChildren

ACT can help you with the following costs:

  • CHILDCARE – top-up grants can help actor-parents attend auditions, take jobs and hopefully stay in the profession.  
  • SCHOOL COSTS – activities including music, sport, drama and dance lessons; uniform and kit, transport, lunches and trips.
  • CRISIS – almost every actor-parent faces times of crisis.  ACT is here for you and aims to give quick, useful, confidential support.
  • SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL / MEDICAL NEEDS – ACT aims not to duplicate state provision but, sometimes, when the statutory services are overwhelmed or unwilling, we are pleased to fund urgent assessments and help families achieve appropriate provision through an Education, Health and Care Plan.
  • STUDENT GRANTS – ACT helps in many other ways, including university, college and apprenticeship grants at 18+.  

ACT does not pay for private education or private tutors.


Please do get in touch:   020 7636 7868    

We first check eligibility (usually just by looking at your CV if you are on Spotlight) and we usually fund people whose household income is under £40,000.

Comment by Rosie Strang on April 12, 2017 at 23:45

Casgliad 2017 - Building the Future for Youth Arts In Wales

Saturday 13th May, Llandrindod Wells, Powys

Are you passionate about the youth arts sector in Wales?

You are invited to explore and help build the future for youth arts in Wales with the Youth Arts Network Cymru (YANC) at Casgliad 2017, an inspirational day of networking, guest speakers, workshops, and discussion.

Flyer below.

NTW event link -

Comment by Emrys Barnes on July 12, 2016 at 23:48
Hi friends! For the past few months I've been working with WNO on an innovative modern opera all about student activism. This is the biggest project I've ever worked on, and I highly recommend it.

Tickets for under 30s are just £5, plus there are free open rehearsals. Details below, or let me know if you have any questions.
Comment by Simon Coates on April 22, 2016 at 0:55

Tell us what you think about arts-business skills development at NTW


We are running a questionnaire to see what people thought about the Huddles programme, and about how NTW could support the development of arts-business skills for freelance artists in the future. It doesn't matter whether you have been to every Huddles event we've ever held, or this is the first time you're hearing about it. Please get involved.Deadline 23 May at 10am.

Link here.

Comment by Yvonne Murphy on July 7, 2015 at 2:00


THE SHAKESPEARE SUMMER SCHOOL for 7 - 11 year olds & THE YOUNG ACTORS SUMMER SCHOOL for 12 - 15 year olds.

Course dates:
20th - 24th July Albert Road Methodist Church, Penarth (Shakespeare for 7 - 11 year olds)
27th - 31st July Stanwell School, Penarth (Young Actors for 12 - 15 year olds)
3rd - 7th August In Association with Chapter Arts Centre

The Shakespeare Summer School & The Young Actors Summer School are one week courses, Monday to Friday
9.30am - 3.30pm

Cost per student £100.00 (£180 for two siblings)

Full Scholarship places available to young people in receipt of Free School Meals.

The Shakespeare Summer is an interactive, fun and physical introductions to the world of Shakespeare. We feel passionately about providing access to and ownership of Shakespeare through an exciting and totally interactive approach. We do not rehearse a production so no former knowledge or experience of Drama or Shakespeare is required.

The Young Actors Summer School for 12 - 15 year olds is a chance for budding actors to work with a professional theatre director on contemporary & classic texts, monologues, stage craft, audition technique & physical theatre.

Contact Yvonne on 07949 626538 for further information and an application form


……“A great introduction to Shakespeare…Educational and Fun……As a parent I was impressed with how much they learnt….Excellent –professional and experienced….Brilliant! I didn't realise Shakespeare was going to be so good.”

‘‘My daughter has come home every evening enthused by what she has done and Shakespeare! We think this has been a very positive introduction to Shakespeare and also an enjoyable, fun learning environment"

Comment by Sophie McKeand on April 16, 2015 at 23:17
Comment by Emrys Barnes on April 9, 2015 at 22:58

Want to support emerging new talent in the theatre?

Human Compass Theatre present multi-award winning play Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, by Frank McGuinness.

Tickets for NTW Community members tickets for just £5 when you quote: NTWSomeone
Comment by Life Venture Arts on February 25, 2015 at 4:17

Actors Experience is back this week on Thursday 26th February, 18:00 - 21:00. A new masterclass in acting taking place at the Wales Millennium Centre facilitated by Life Venture Arts.

Spaces are filling up fast so secure your place now via the link below.

Comment by National Youth Arts Wales on September 30, 2014 at 0:11

A Networking Day for Arts Professionals

Who Work with Young People

 When:    Saturday 18 October 2014 (11am – 3pm)

 Where:   Venue Cymru, Llandudno

 Cost:        *FREE*


The day will comprise:

(i)    practical skill-sharing led by a fellow-practitioner;

(ii)  update on a national Youth Arts Festival for Wales;

(iii) discussion – formalising the Network;

(iv) YAN National Conference


Peri Wagstaff (Mess Up The Mess) will lead a practical, creative introduction to the day with bi-lingual delivery supported by Jen Angharad.


Please register your interest by emailing with Youth Arts Network in the subject-line, indicating your contact-details (email; telephone number; organisation).


We look forward to hearing from and working with you!


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