Director: Fiona MacKinnon
Music Director: Finn Anderson
Choreographer: Abbiy Donoghue 

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!

Now or Never

“I’ll take my exams when you take action”

What makes someone become an activist?

On Friday 15th February 2019, thousands of teenagers from across the UK and Europe didn’t show up at school. They were out on the streets in protest, making noise about the uncertain future of their world, and urging politicians to take the climate crisis seriously. These young people were prepared to break the rules to make change happen. And for what felt like the first time for many of them, the world sat up and paid attention.

Inspired by verbatim interviews, media and tweets from the day of the strike, this new musical will uncover the stories of the individuals at the heart of this international phenomenon. What led them to strike? Do they feel they made a difference? What are their hopes and fears for the future?

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: Merchiston Castle School

294 Colinton Rd, Edinburgh EH13 0PU

Only 5 miles from Edinburgh city centre with the stunning Pentland Hills and Edinburgh Castle as its backdrop, Merchiston is a truly unique setting with the space that you would expect from a rural location, but without the long drive out to the country.

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



Merchiston Castle School