The Young Rep

About the Young REP

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The Young REP is about more than just performance; as a member you will take your first steps toward a professional career in the entertainment industry. Whether your interest lies in acting and performing, production, backstage or if you’ve not quite worked out what your thing is yet – the Young Rep is the perfect place for you to discover what’s next for you!

You’ll be an important part of our Worcester REP Company, working alongside and learning from our highly skilled team as we strive to make excellent shows for our community.  

Each year the Young REP work on both main-stage and studio productions, giving members the opportunity to gain experience in a professional working theatre, whilst also making contacts in the industry for the next stage of their careers.

For over 50 years, thousands of young people have trod the boards at the Swan Theatre and many members of the Young Rep have gone on to study at some of the UK’s most prestigious Drama schools, and have had incredible careers in performing arts, theatre, radio, TV, and film.  

The Young REP has a reputation for producing high quality performances at a professional standard and have had roaring success in the last few years. They have performed at the Worcester Fringe Festival with three different original plays (The Will to Live 2021, CTRL DEL 2022, The Unknown 2023); toured their production of Hunt (2022) to The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff as part of the National Theatre’s Connections 2022, and have also taken part in Connections 2023 and 2024 by performing Samphire and The Periodicals on the Swan Theatre main stage. They have also performed in our professional Worcester Rep productions of Antigone (2022) and Romeo & Juliet (2023). Check out our Gallery below to see production shots of our Young REP in action!

Join our Young Rep and help us create exceptional theatre.


Becoming a Member

Eligibility – No previous experience is required to join the Young Rep, though you must be aged 16 – 24.

How to start – Young REP auditions are held towards the end of each year (September-November), to sign up for our next round of auditions please email [email protected]

Auditions & Rehearsals - Auditions are held once a year and current members are expected to re-audition each year alongside first time auditionees. As a member you will be expected to commit to the rehearsal schedules, production week and performance week – these will all be in the evening and on weekends, not during school/work times.

Fees - We aim to keep the fees as low and inclusive as possible; the current cost is £150 per year. Our annual fee helps cover the cost of costumes, props, equipment, tech rehearsals, dress rehearsals and the productions as a whole.  

Bursaries - We believe passionately that the unique experience of the Young REP should be open to anyone with the talent and desire to take part. 

We are able to offer a number of bursaries and part bursaries to young people whose families are experiencing financial difficulties or are on a low income. If you are interested in the Young Rep but are concerned about the cost of belonging to the company, then please get in touch with us. All information will be treated confidentially.


Find Out More

If you have any questions or enquiries about the Young REP, please email [email protected] and one of our team will get back to you as quickly as possible!

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What our Members Say...

The Young REP Experience is an exhilarating step towards professional drama; this was my first time working with a director and performing in a production open to the public. The environment is a place of mutual respect where everyone’s ideas and opinions are valued; I was always listened to and supported until I understood. I enjoyed becoming a member of the cast and learning the different motions of our ensemble; it is also incredibly exciting when someone spontaneously acts, allowing you to follow the improvisation. Therefore, you are constantly learning and adapting throughout rehearsals. I have gained so much through this experience, such as close friends and an enormous growth in confidence and character. 

Testimonial – Ruby 2021