Crucible date for talent search

National Youth Theatre performing SLICK at Sheffield's Park Hill Estate in summer 2011.
National Youth Theatre performing SLICK at Sheffield's Park Hill Estate in summer 2011.

THE National Youth Theatre will be at the Crucible next month – but not to give a performance.

It will be holding acting auditions and technical interviews for the chance to follow potentially in the footsteps of Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Catherine Tate, Colin Firth, Matt Smith and David Walliams.

Already interest has been generated in Sheffield as a result of more than 250 members performing last September against the backdrop of Park Hill flats. It was part of an environmental trilogy, SLICK, to mark the 50th anniversary of the high-rise grade II listed complex, which is being refurbished by developers Urban Splash.

The Crucible auditions are on January 14, 21 and 28.

NYT has a strong history of members from Sheffield, including Sophie Wardlow, aged 21.

She said the theatre had brought “some of the most incredible experiences and opportunities. From the unexpected thrill of being able to perform back in my home town on the Park Hill estate, to performing on a West End stage, in China and even meeting the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street. It is a wonderful company to be part of and opens your eyes to what you’re capable of!”

Successful applicants will join NYT in a year that it performs at the 2012 Olympic welcome ceremonies and stages shows around the world.

Artistic director Paul Roseby said: “We’re looking to unearth Britain’s best young talent. You may never have stepped on a stage before but if you’re a young person who is fearless, fun and not frightened of hard work, then we’d love to see you at an acting audition or technical interview in Sheffield.”

This year NYT auditioned 4,500 acting and technical applicants for 500 places on their acting courses and technical theatre courses, including costume-making, lighting and sound, scenery, prop-making and stage management.

Applications for 2012 are open to 14-to-21-year-olds at www.nyt.org.uk.

The closing date is January 7.