Take the Lead


Take the Lead is a free employability programme from The Old Vic for students aged 16–18 that uses theatre techniques and creative workshops to build on five core skills: communication, self-management, self-belief, teamwork and problem solving.

This programme is created in collaboration with schools and businesses drawing on The Old Vic’s expertise as a theatrical institution and is specially designed to support young people to take ownership over their next steps after school. Take the Lead is open to any students, not just drama students, and we will work with 20 schools across the year and up to 1,000 KS5 students.


  • Curtain Up – a welcome event hosted by The Old Vic
  • Learn Your Part – half day workshop for each group of 25 students at your school
  • Build Your Company – half day workshop for each group of 25 students at your school
  • Take to the Stage – half day workshop for each group of 25 students at your school
  • Curtain Call – an interactive event held at your school for all 50 students to share their learning with the wider school community
  • Students will also be supported by a Prompt Book, an additional learning resource
  • Teachers will be further supported via a Meet and Greet and CPD session as well as a teaching resource pack
  • Selected schools will receive free tickets to bring their groups to an Old Vic production


  • This programme is designed for KS5 students studying any subject and students do not have to be studying drama
  • Applications are open to all secondary state schools based within the M25
  • The programme is offered free of charge


Applications to take part in Take the Lead for this academic year are now closed. The programme will return in the 2019/2020 academic year.

Please email: takethelead@oldvictheatre.com if you have any questions or would like more information about the programme.

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In association with
CVC Foundation

Generously supported by
The Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust, John Lyon’s Charity, CHK Charities Limited, The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund and The HW Sanderson Art in Industry Fund