The National Youth Theatre has introduced ‘Start up Saturdays’ in West London for ages 11-14. Classes are either Saturday mornings at 10am or afternoons at 2pm and last around 3 hours. It costs £150 for the block of six and starts this Saturday 25th Feb (sorry for short notice) in The Philbeach Hall, Earls Court. Book asap. Week one is getting to know each other and it moves through to a devised (made up) performance in the last week. Start up Saturdays are taken by a leading NYT director and the idea is younger children can try out the NYT and learn about its approach to ensemble theatre before auditioning for the main company when they are 14 plus. Encore. nyt.