Macready Theatre Young Actors’ Ensemble 

Not only is Macready Theatre a receiving venue for touring professional work, but importantly we are also a theatre which creates its own in-house productions. Many of these are educational and we work closely throughout the year with young actors from Rugby School, Rugby Free School, Harris Academy, Eastlands Primary and many other local schools to deliver workshop and performance opportunities for young people from all backgrounds at Macready Theatre as well as at our flagship annual Festival on The Close and further afield at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

One important part of our output is our youth group, Macready Theatre Young Actors’ Ensemble. This group is run as part of a scholarship programme offered to talented young actors in conjunction with Rugby School’s Department of Theatre & Performing Arts. The scholarship attracts young people from across the country and from all backgrounds to Rugby to make the most of the opportunities Rugby School has to offer, and offers generous bursary support for those who need it in order to widen access to the programme. 

The ensemble works with a range of practitioners, writers, directors, agents and others throughout the year as part of the scholarship programme and the older members go on to work in our touring company Square Pegs which each year works with writers to develop a brand new play for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

Recent productions include: 7 Seventeen-Year-Olds in a Screwed-Up World (pictured left) Tim Coker, C Venues Edinburgh; 21 Futures Olly Hawes, Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh; 1 Singular Sensation Nick Cassenbaum, C Venues Edinburgh; Every Brilliant Thing Duncan Macmillan, Macready Theatre; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change by Joe DiPietro, C Venues Edinburgh.

Recent workshops and masterclasses include: Christopher Haydon; Joanna Riding; Josh Dylan, Waring & McKenna Agents; Motionhouse; Gecko; Wildcard; Stomp; Bloomsbury Festival; RADA; LIPA.

For more information about scholarship opportunities please contact Tim Coker, Artistic Director