Next Generation

Next Generation is our programme to support young artists entering the theatre industry.

We are committed to providing opportunities and training which will help to develop skills, talent and knowledge of the industry.

We recognise that the creative industries can sometimes seem closed. It is our aim to make our industry accessible to young artists from all backgrounds.

We aim to pay young artists and provide employment and training opportunities to aid their developments.

Opportunities to get involved include:


The Lyric Alumni are our members who have participated in Lyric programmes and are now training in skills of facilitation, youth support and theatre.

The Lyric Alumni are paid to support classes, perform outreach and represent the Lyric at talks and events. The Lyric Alumni are ambassadors for the work the Lyric does to develop young people and artists.  We recruit for Alumni once a year and announce the opportunity to all Lyric members.

Open Mic Nights

A chance for young producers to programme and produce their own performance nights in our studio.

All producers get access to space, support and mentoring from the Lyric team.

If you are interested in hosting a night, email:


Insights into the industry, expanding your knowledge of plays and texts, support with skills and technique.

Our Masterclasses run all year round in different areas, often in response to our members’ requests. Got something you want to develop or know about? Let us know.

Panto Ensemble

Every year, we offer Young Lyric members aged 18 – 25 the opportunity to be part of our annual Pantomime.

Evolution 2018 – Scratch Night Call Out

Do you need your voice to be heard?  Got something interesting to say about ‘self’? We’re listening.

We are looking for unique new writers to perform original, thought-provoking 10 minute pieces exploring the themes of race, gender, identity, health, stereotypes and culture at the Lyric Hammersmith. This can include the discussion of topics such as mental health, self-image and purpose. The piece can stand on its own as a 10 minute script or be an extract of a longer play.

This showcase of fresh new talent will be part of the Lyric Hammersmith’s festival: Evolution 2018.  A four day celebration of the groundbreaking, exciting and amazing work which is being produced in our capital.

What Are The Benefits

  • Rehearsal Space
  • Technical Support
  • A night in the Lyric Studio
  • Press & Publicity

How To Apply?

To apply for this exciting opportunity, you will need to create a video no longer than 5 minutes which covers a range of questions. This video can be created in many styles, e.g. vlog, short film, pitch etc. This video should give us an insight into your performance, themes and cast so be creative and different. To start your video think about the following questions and how you could infuse these answers into your video!

  1. What is your show about?
  2. What made you write the piece?
  3. Have you performed the piece before?
  4. Why you should perform at the Lyric, and why your show is relevant today?
  5. How will this opportunity help you/your theatre company?

If you’re interested, act fast. Send the application form, script/plan and your video to If your application is shortlisted, you’ll meet with members of the Young Lyric team on Wednesday 10 January or Thursday 11 January.

Apply by Friday 5 January. Click here to download an application form. 

For the next generation of creatives. A festival made by young artists for young artists. Click here to download an application form.