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Does this opportunity cost money?

No. This workshop is free. Everybody can be reimbursed for their public transport costs and up to £6 for lunch (when you give us your receipts) to make sure you can cover travel to and from Fairfield Halls and buy yourself lunch during the days. 


If your travel costs are higher than this, please get in touch and we will work with you to see if we can help.  If you have access needs which mean you cannot use public transport, we will discuss this with you and cover the cost of a taxi. 


When is the deadline for applications?

Friday 7th February at 6pm.

I've missed the deadline - can I still apply?

Please email with your interest. If you're struggling to send your application before 6pm on Friday 7th February, we may consider applications sent over the weekend. 

Do I need to send in both a written and video response?

No, please choose one to send - EITHER a video/ voice memo OR a short piece of writing. 

Will everybody who applies get a place?

No, there are 15 places available on this workshop. We anticipate that this will be highly competitive, so please don’t be disheartened if you are not successful. 

Can I get feedback on my application?

The panel can offer you a short line of feedback if you are not successful. If you would like this, please contact us on


Will everybody who applies be told if they have got a place in the Night Shift Young Company or not?


Yes, we will let everybody know by 6pm on Monday 10th February whether they have been successful or not. If you haven’t heard by then, email Flo on

Please do not email us about your application before this date. 


We will also let you know if you have been placed on the Reserve List. This means if somebody doesn’t take the place on the workshop, or they can no longer attend, you will be offered a place. 


I don’t want to apply as an actor, can I still apply?

It is possible to apply even if you aren’t directly interested in being an actor. 

You could apply as a writer, director, dancer, singer, spoken word poet, beatboxer, composer, musician, etc. The only thing to bear in mind is that you will still be required to participate in all group activities, and be part of the final sharing using your skills!

There will be a maximum of 4 places offered to non-actors so if you aren’t sure, applying as an actor is your best bet (you can always bring any other skills into the group and use them as part of the process). 


How long should I spend on my application/ video?

We don’t want you to spend hours and hours applying for this opportunity. We do not require you to edit your videos in any way - they can be rough and ready!

If you aren’t sure how long to spend, we recommend setting a time limit of 1 hour maximum. You might be much quicker than this! 

I have left school/college, can I still apply?


Yes, you can still apply.


I am under 16 - can I still apply?


Unfortunately we are only able to review applications from young people who are 16+ by the first date of the project - 19th February 2020. 


I am 15 but I will be 16 by the time the workshop takes place, can I still apply?


Yes, you must have turned 16 by the first day of the project - 19th February 2020.

Can I put this on my CV?

Although this is a training opportunity, you are encouraged to see this as an opportunity to develop your professional skills and you will be treated as an emerging artist. We welcome participants to put us as a referee for future job/ training applications and will happily provide a reference for you after the workshop has taken place. You can add this to your acting CV as a workshop you have taken part in. 


If this a professional job opportunity?


No, this is a training opportunity. It is free, and your expenses will be covered to make sure that you are not out of pocket, this is so that we can make sure everybody has a fair opportunity to apply if they can’t afford travel/ lunch. 


Is this a one-off opportunity?


Short answer - yes! For now, this is the only Young Company opportunity we are offering (although we really hope that you’ll come and see the final production when we make it!). 


Long answer - Hopefully not! It is possible that this young company will be invited back in the future to create their own show alongside the development of Zoo Co’s professional company who will be creating Night Shift. This will be dependent on funding, and your conduct participating in this workshop if you are selected. 

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