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Some frequently asked questions about Soho Young Company
If you’re considering applying for Soho young Company (SYC) here are a few bits and pieces you need to know.
Who can apply?
We welcome applications from all sections of the community and we do our best to meet all access needs. We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achieve diversity through our courses and that all participants receive equal and fair treatment regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. We positively welcome applications from disabled people, as they are currently under-represented in our work.
Our courses are open to different age brackets:
Theatremakers Ages 11-16
Comedy Lab Skills Ages 16-20
Comedy Lab Sketch Ages 21-26
Comedy Lab Stand Up Ages 21-26
Comedy Lab Plus Ages 21+ (no upper age limit)
Writers’ Lab Ages 16+ (no upper age limit)
We regularly receive applications from people living in all areas of London and beyond.
What are bursaries and who are they for?
We are able to offer a limited amount of bursaries to people who would otherwise struggle to pay the course fees.
Full bursaries are available to young people/families who receive free school meals, Job Seeker’s Allowance, welfare benefits, or participants who are in need of access support. Once a course place is offered, we require a piece of paperwork as proof of the above in order for us to confirm a free bursary.
If a participant/family would struggle to pay for the course fees, but does not receive any of the above benefits or support, we may be able to offer a half-bursary.
To find out more about how we can support your access needs, please contact Jules (details below).
I’m struggling with my application, can you help?
Yes. If you have any questions about the application form, or you need it in a different format, or need to complete it over the phone, please contact Holly (details below).
What else is involved in SYC?
Our SYC courses give you the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other artists, discover a range of skills and create a new piece of work for the stage.
SYC members are offered other masterclasses led by guest artists, either for free or at discounted rates.
We organise socials usually every fortnight, offering SYC participants the opportunity to see Soho Theatre shows for £5-£10.
We also distribute a fortnightly Opps email which includes listings of other SYC members’ shows, job opportunities, casting calls, workshops and discounts for shows elsewhere.
Participants are offered the use of a free script library, including texts produced and performed at Soho Theatre over recent years.
SYCers aged 16+ receive a Soho Theatre Artist Card, offering 10% off Soho Theatre Bar and members-only access after 11pm.
Can I invite someone to see my show?
Our team regularly attend readings, scratch nights, open mic nights and shows around London and at Edinburgh Fringe, please let us know if you’re involved in anything creative by contacting Jules (details below).
How can I find out more?
Jules, our Education Producer, is very happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Simply call 0207 478 0113 or email Jules here and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can