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UPDATE: For the latest information regarding our theatre operations during COVID-19 please visit this page

How to sign up

To sign up to our Neighbourhood Theatre mailing list you can either pick up a red form from our Box Office or email neighbourhoodtheatre@youngvic.org*.

Please be sure to include your name, home address, a contact phone number and your date of birth when signing up. 

If you are unable to sign up using email and cannot pick up a form from our Box Office, please give us a call on 020 7922 2838.

* Please note: emails sent to twoboroughs@youngvic.org will be automatically be forwarded

Current Opportunities

Throughout the year we have many different opportunities for people in our local area to sign up to take part in workshops, discussions, events and productions. 

Follow @yvtakingpart on twitter for all the latest news from the project.

Neighbourhood Voices 2021 applications are now open!

Neighbourhood Voices is Taking Part’s intensive playwriting programme which has been running for the past year, consisting of monthly workshops working on form, character and structure as well as theatre trips, masterclasses with industry professionals and 1-1 mentoring sessions.

Led by renowned dramaturg, Ola Animashawun, the programme is aimed at writers in their early careers. The project works with first-time writers, emerging writers and those who didn’t even realise they were a writer. We believe everyone has a story and should be given the opportunity to share it. 

The course is free and will culminate in you writing a full play script and having an extract performed at the Young Vic. 

The only criteria for applicants is that you are over 25, haven’t written professionally prior to this course and live in Southwark or Lambeth (with the exception of people who do not have a fixed address). We encourage those with little to no experience and those with access requirements to apply, as the course will be fully accessible. 

The programme will initially take place on Zoom, transitioning to in-person sessions when possible.

To apply, please follow this link.

Applications close on Mon 8 March 9am

Important dates

There will be two weekday evening sessions a month with the industry leading guest speakers; these dates will be confirmed shortly. Monthly workshops will be 11am-4pm on the following dates:

Saturday 27-Mar
Saturday 24-Apr
Saturday 29-May
Saturday 26-Jun
Saturday 24-July
Saturday 28-Aug
Saturday 18-Sep
Saturday 30-Oct
Saturday 27-Nov
Saturday 18-Dec

TWENTY TWENTY

TWENTY TWENTY title on a teal back ground

A year-long community project with Blackfriars Settlement, Certitude and Thames Reach, concluding in January 2021 with the release of three short films.

In November 2019, Young Vic Taking Part announced this collaboration with Blackfriars Settlement, Certitude and Thames Reach, three extraordinary community organisations working in Lambeth and Southwark. The project was launched to foster in-depth creative relationships with people in our local community. 

Each of the groups in our partner organisations began working with a director and writer, with a focus on enhancing creative skills and building a community company. The groups started to develop three new plays which were set to be performed by our community companies at the Young Vic at the end of 2020…

Then, the coronavirus pandemic happened.

Thankfully, the TWENTY TWENTY project has continued throughout the year, as our brilliant community groups came together each week online to create theatre. Workshops in halls became zoom meetings, warm ups and dance routines were performed in bedrooms and kitchens, and ideas and scripts were shared in the post, on email, via text.

Resolutely committed to creating three pieces of work to mark the end of this meaningful partnership, the Young Vic and each of the community organisations will now collaborate with their director and writer to create a short film, shot in socially-distanced conditions. The films will premiere online in January 2021.
 

Neighbourhood Theatre Ticket Scheme

Through our Neighbourhood Theatre Ticket Scheme we welcome individuals from our local area who are signed up to our mailing list to apply for up to 2 tickets for most of our YV productions. This may vary depending on the availability of tickets and the nature of the production itself.

Our funded ticket scheme enables us to share free and discounted tickets to Lambeth and Southwark residents.

Neighbourhood Theatre, formerly Two Boroughs, strives to build a local community around our theatre. Our friends and neighbours are really important to us. They are our beating heart, and we believe that if you live in one of our two boroughs, you should visit us at least once. If you don’t like it, you never need to come back, but there’s a chance that this will be the start of a lifelong friendship.

You don’t need any previous experience of theatre to take part in any of our workshops or events. All you need to do is be curious, call us, email us, pop by, and sign up to whatever takes your fancy.

Neighbourhood Theatre is open to all residents of Lambeth or Southwark who are over the age of 25. Once registered you’ll have the chance to come and see a show for free at the Young Vic as well as a range of free workshops, theatre club, projects and events throughout the year. We have long-term projects, day time workshops, evening events. We like to think there’s something for everyone. Come along and see what you think.

4 actors that performed the 10 Neighbourhood voices monologues

Neighbourhood Theatre is supported by

Neighbourhood Theatre Company

Neighbourhood Theatre started in June 2016. Eighty neighbours officially became members of the new Young Vic company of local people. This company is at the heart of our work. They are ambassadors, creators, friends and supporters. 

Once a year we invite members of Neighbourhood Theatre to join our company. To hear about future opportunities make sure you're signed up to our mailing list as detailed above.

People standing in a circle in a workshop with their arms around each other.

Past Production: American Dream 2.0 - trailer

Rehearsing Utopia (29’, 2019). Directed, filmed and edited by Rosie Gist.

Following a public casting call, 14 Londoners embark on a transformative challenge: devising a new, community play at the Young Vic Theatre. Given the timely opportunity to create their dream country, what will this group of strangers imagine? Can a utopia be realised, if only inside the theatre’s walls?

Made while studying on UCL’s MA in Ethnographic & Documentary Film, Rehearsing Utopia explores the perspectives and experiences of the participants in Young Vic Taking Part’s original production, American Dream: 2.0

Available in full soon, at http://rosiegist.co.uk