In On The Act

In On The Act, Theatre Royal Wakefield’s Young Company for aspiring theatre-makers aged 18 - 30 years.

In On The Act meets weekly to devise and create dynamic and innovative new work, enhance and develop performance skills, perform devised and scripted work in professional settings and take part in a variety of masterclasses with professional practitioners and theatre-makers.

In On The Act provides an exciting and in-depth opportunity for anyone aged 18 - 30 years who has a passion for theatre, is committed and who seeks to develop their experience to support a professional career in performing arts.


Click here to take a look at our FAQs where you can find out more detailed information and you can download an application form here. If you have any questions email Janine Heseltine.

Here are some examples of projects that In On The Act have worked on over the years:


The Crucible

The Crucible

October 2019

The Crucible is based on the Salem witch trials of 1692 and tells the fate of those ensnared in the persecution that led to tragic consequences. In this production, In On The Act combined physical theatre and ensemble storytelling to bring this compelling text to life, laying bare the motivations of the characters in a vicious game of cat and mouse.



Velveteen Rabbit(c) Ant Robling

The Velveteen Rabbit

February 2019

After the sell-out performances of Thumbelina, In on The Act took on the familiar children's tale of The Velveteen Rabbit. Using a mix of song, dance and storytelling they, created a fantastical adventure that explored the real transformation love can make.



Kes (c) Ant Robling


July 2018

Once again, In On The Act brought to the stage their talent for ensemble and physical storytelling for this timeless classic. This adaptation of Barry Hines’ much loved novel, was re-invented to speak out to generation after generation who know what it is like to seek that something special that lifts them out of their ordinary existence.



Thumbelina (c) Ant Robling


May 2018

In On The Act opened the The Walker Studio with their re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina. The group modernised this classic story, adding songs and movement to entertain a younger audience and adults alike.


Scuttlers (c) Amy Charles Media


July 2017

Following the fortunes of the Bengal Tigers and Prussia Street gang, Scuttlers is a world where the laws and rules of the adults mean nothing, but where honour, territory and violence fill every hour of every day.



We Also Served (c) Amy Charles Media

We Also Served

April 2017

In on the Act were commissioned to create a promenade performance at the National Coal Mining Museum of England to celebrate 70 years since nationalisation.

The group wrote this piece based on the life of Harry Parkes, a Bevin Boy during the Second World War, then staged promenade performances at the Museum over Easter weekend.


A Midsummer Night's Dream (c) Amy Charles Media

The Laramie Project

July 2016

Based on the true story of the murder of a young gay man, Matthew Shepard, in Wyoming in 1998, The Laramie Project is a piece of verbatim theatre created by the Tectonic Theatre Company in the wake of this devastating event.

The play records the reaction of people in shock, denial and recovery, and serves as a reminder that intolerance has destructive consequences and can happen anywhere, any time and to anyone.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream (c) Amy Charles Media

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

July 2015

A laugh-out-loud modern take on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of misunderstandings, mischief, magic and moonlight!

A group of far-out cool cats leave their square parents and the safety of their homes behind to set up camp on a moonlit beach. They’re ready to hang loose and go all the way under the boardwalk. They think they know what love is until the dune-dwelling, flower-power King and Queen of the Faeries teach them that “the course of true love never did run smooth”.


The Accrington Pals

July 2014

The Accrington Pals trailer from Amy Charles on Vimeo.

What does it mean to go to war? To engage in comradeship? Or to be manipulated by unseen powers?

Set in the early years of the First World War, against the clog chorus of a Northern mill town, we follow the Pals sent to engage in brutal trench warfare as the women are left at home. Unfulfilled. Ill-informed.

This performance marks the centenary of the First World War and all parts are performed by young people using the play as a means of exploring what experiences of WWI can teach us about society today and asking questions that lie at the heart of society: “How much am I for others? How much am I for myself?”

Grimm Tales

Twisted re-tellings of famous fairytales - Monday 1 July 2013

Once upon a time in a rehearsal room, not so very far, far away, a troupe of tale tellers gathered together. With mischief on their minds and magic in their hearts, they delved into the dark and dazzling world of the Brothers Grimm.

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