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Actors Lab

Stage Two | Class


This course is by application only. Applications for 2019-20 are now open. Please see below for details of how to apply. Closing Date for Applications: Friday 23 August 2019 Open evening for invited applicants: Friday 6 September 2019

Stage Two will send those successful candidates an invitation to an open evening before places are offered. The open evening will involve group based activities where they’ll be given a series of tasks. This will allow course leaders to see how well participants work in a group, their performance ability, and other individual attributes.

The Actor’s Lab is a programme for 16 creative young people to work together as a company to develop, produce and perform their own theatre over a year. Lab members will decide if they wish to produce a piece of new writing, a devised show, an interactive event or a traditional or contemporary text.

The company will be supported by our in-house team of industry professionals, including specialist practitioners, directors and technicians. Training opportunities will be offered relevant to build their skills as a theatre company as well as performers.

This year the production will be performed at Stage Two and entered into the National Student Drama Festival 2020.

Entry to The Actor’s Lab is by application only. See the application process below.

AGES: 18-25
DAYS & TIMES: Fridays 7 - 9pm 33 weeks
COST: Annual fee: £210 (3 instalments: £80. The deadline for second and third instalments are 31 November 2019 and 31 March 2020 respectively) 
VENUE: Stage Two
DATES*: 20 Sept – 6 Dec 2019 (excl. 25 Oct) 10 Jan– 27 Mar 2020 (excl. 21 Feb) 1 May – 17 July 2020 (excl. 29 May)
*Extra rehearsals may be added by participant’s agreement when appropriate to support performances.


  • Places are strictly limited, with a maximum of 16 places offered at any one time.
  • To apply for a place, please complete The Actor’s Lab Application Form.
  • Closing Date for Applications : Friday 23 August 2019
  • There will be an open evening for invited applicants on Friday 6 September 2019
  • Participants should wear loose comfortable clothing suitable for movement.

The Empirical Company (16-25 years)

Empirical’ adjective: derived from or guided by experience or experiment.

Our Empirical Company offers a feeling of a supportive community where members are enabled to discover different energies, forms and techniques, plus new methods of making and creating performances. It is about taking a leap into the unknown.

Whilst members must have prior experience of performing, we aim to provide them with a training program that will support them technically, conceptually and personally to discover and shape their own unique artistic visions.

Training covers a wide range of approaches from acting, dance and movement to self-scripting, technical skills and performance. Our goal is to facilitate the development of young artists who have the skill, vision and courage to create vital new and exciting theatre.

Members also receive:

- Discounted or free theatre tickets across our three stages for selected shows. 
- Invitations to associated events across our venues. 
- A reduced rate for hiring studio spaces
- Free workshops with visiting companies where appropriate

The Empirical Company includes the following programmes for 16-25yrs

- The Actor’s Lab
- Young Technicians
Audition Technique
- Young Writers

For enquiries about the course contact Stage Two reception on 01603 598600, or email stagetwo@theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk.