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Opportunity for Aspiring Actors

Storyhouse Young Company (SYC) Invites Young People in Chester to Join FREE Training Programme

Storyhouse, Chester’s award winning theatre, cinema, and library has announced an exciting opportunity for young people aged 18-25 in Chester to be part of the Storyhouse Young Company (SYC).

This exclusive actor training programme is made possible through by funding from the Noel Coward Foundation and the generosity of the public who contributed donations during last summer’s performances at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre.

The SYC initiative is designed to nurture emerging talent, providing participants with a FREE 12-week training programme, followed by three weeks of rehearsal and live performances. What sets SYC apart is its commitment to inclusivity, welcoming individuals with no prior acting experience but a fervent passion for the performing arts. The weekly training sessions, held in the evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, accommodate the diverse schedules of participants, allowing them to fully engage in this transformative experience while managing other commitments.

SYC collaborates with industry professionals, offering invaluable insights and guidance to participants. A key highlight of the programme is the opportunity for SYC members to rehearse and perform in a brand-new show at Storyhouse’s Garret Theatre. Moreover, two outstanding actors from SYC will have the unique chance to join the professional cast at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre during the summer.

To be considered for this opportunity, interested individuals are invited to complete a simple online form available at by 6 December. Following the application process, all candidates will be invited to audition on 11 and 12 December.

Kate Mylchreest, Director of Development at Storyhouse, said:

This programme is a testament to Storyhouse’s commitment to nurturing local talent and providing transformative opportunities for young people. We are grateful for the support received from theatregoers at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre last summer, whose generous donations have played a vital role in funding next year’s SYC programme.

Apply and find out more here.