British Youth Music Theatre Summer Camp


Book & Lyrics: Nikki Racklin
Composer & Music Director: Bella Barlow
Director: Simon Kane
Choreographer: Phyllida Crowley-Smith
A new musical, inspired by WHY THE WHALES CAME by Michael Morpurgo

Summer Camps are fun-filled summer activity holidays providing intense, creative training in musical theatre for anyone aged 11-17 looking to explore their potential and develop their acting, singing and dancing abilities. You'll work with top theatre professionals and create a brand new show in just a week on these exciting residential projects. Summer Camps do not require an audition - so get booking as it's first come, first served!


Twenty-eight miles off the coast of Cornwall lies a very different way of life. A series of 145 islands make up the Isles of Scilly, where jagged rocks and harsh, choppy seas surround the people of the land. This brand-new musical, taking inspiration from Michael Morpurgo’s novel Why The Whales Came, places us right at the heart of an ocean-embracing community in 1914, who live cheek by jowl with ghostly tales from their past.

Faced with the backdrop of the First World War, the insular residents of Bryher can no longer escape the realities of life beyond the islands. It takes the innocence of youth – in the shape of plucky young Gracie Jenkins, and her sailing companion and confidant Daniel Pender – to try to blow apart the fear and hatred that threatens to destroy their community, lifting a powerful curse in the process.

This exciting tale is filled with the music of the sea as it charts our young heroes through their rite of passage.

What happens on a Musical Theatre Summer Camp?

• Create and perform a brand new musical
• Develop skills in drama, acting, singing and movement
• Work with a professional artistic team
• Boost confidence, self-esteem and teamwork skills
• Gain a Grade 6 certificate in Musical Theatre in Production from Trinity College London
• Contribute to Arts Award or Duke of Edinburgh Award
• Make friends with like-minded people from different backgrounds
• Stay in residential accommodation with 24-hour pastoral care

We promise you an exciting, theatrical week full of song, dance and drama. 

What participants say

“It gave me the confidence to believe in myself and my abilities” Annabel, 12, Kent
"I don't know if anything will ever be as amazing as my time with BYMT! Thank you to everyone - cast, crew and chaperones." Kane, 12, Plymouth
"BYMT produces friends from different backgrounds and cultures. It bridges gaps between people who might never cross paths." Felix, 16, Birmingham

Venue: University of Roehampton
Roehampton Ln, London SW15 5PU
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Set on London's most beautiful campus, the University of Roehampton offers a high-quality student experience with outstanding staff and facilities.

Course Fees

BYMT courses are heavily subsidied by Arts Council England as well as various other brilliant funders, and as a not-for-profit organisation the course fees help us to cover our costs. The course fee covers full board accommodation, the highest quality tuition, and 24-hour pastoral care.

There are two ways you can pay your course fee: (1) In full OR (2) A deposit with three subsequent instalments.

Domestic students - £650 (deposit: £200), domestic is classified as British/Irish taxpayers.
Overseas students - £750 (deposit: £225), overseas is classified as non-British/Irish taxpayers, living outside UK or Ireland.

Book by Phone

If you would like to book a Summer Skills Course over the phone, please call us on 0044 (0) 20 8563 7725.

Book by Post

Please download the Summer Camp Booking Form, complete and return to:
British Youth Music Theatre, Mountview, 120 Peckham Hill Street, London SE15 5JT



University of Roehampton