Introducing ELEVATE ENSEMBLE, our FREE two-year part-time training programme designed to nurture and inspire young performers in Southampton and the surrounding areas.

As an ensemble member you will receive:

  • Weekly acting sessions at MAST Mayflower Studios
  • Guest masterclasses from industry practitioners and companies throughout the year
  • One to one support and mentoring
  • Audition technique classes
  • Free drama school auditions and travel to auditions
  • Drama school visits
  • Performance opportunities
  • Free tickets to selected performances at Mayflower Theatre and MAST Mayflower Studios

You can sign-up using the online form here.

Elevate Ensemble

Tuesday 5pm–7pm
Term 1 Starts: 31 October 2023
Term 1 Ends: 12 December 2023
Venue: MAST Mayflower Studios

Click here to apply  

Elevate Ensemble is for anyone aged 16-25 who wants to be an actor and is underrepresented in the arts industry. This includes but is not limited to people who are: global majority, disabled, or from a lower income background.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you mean by ‘underrepresented’?
You could be: global majority, disabled, or from a lower income background. There are lots of other ways you could be underrepresented, we don’t expect people to fit in boxes.

What’s on the form? 
The form asks for information about you, such as your name, date of birth and gender. We ask for a passport style photo, this is only used internally and won’t be shared. The form also gives you space to tell us why you want to be in the Ensemble, this can be written or in a video.

What happens once I fill in the form?
Once you finish the form you’ll hear from us by 6 October 2023 with details of what we would like you to prepare for your audition (if anything). Auditions will take place on 14 October Don’t worry if you don’t hear from us before then! If you have questions please email

I’m under 16, what can I do? 
You have to be at least 16 to take part in Elevate. While you wait you could apply to Mayflower Youth Theatre, or audition to be in our Summer or Christmas productions. There are bursaries and sibling discounts available.


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