Young Octagon

Young Octagon is our performance company, developing excellence in young actors aged 13-19 (up to 25 for participants with additional needs). The company offers committed young people the chance to work with professional directors and creatives, to create bold and adventurous pieces of theatre for performance. Our Young Octagon 2023-24 company worked on Orchestra, a National Theatre Connections play by Charlie Josephine, directed by Ruth Allison which they performed at The Octagon and The Lowry in spring 2024.

Young Octagon is for young people who are interested in a more intensive and demanding performance experience than they might access in our other youth theatre provision. It is for participants with some performance experience who are ready to progress further, would like more opportunities to perform and who are considering acting as a potential career.


We’re excited to announce that we are now recruiting for the next cohort of our Young Octagon company, which will start in September 2024.

Audition workshops will take place at the Octagon Theatre on Tuesday 18th June 6:30 – 8:00pm and Saturday 22nd June 11:30 – 13:00pm. If you are invited to audition, you will only be required to attend on one of these days.

Please read though the information in the PDF below. You can access the application form directly by clicking here.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 13th June, 9am.

Application and Audition Information

If you have any questions please contact