Info for Schools

bring your students to nsdf 

Click here to download our information pack for School Groups. 

NSDF welcomes all young people aged between 16-25. We always welcome show entries from schools/colleges and we value work by 16-year olds beginning their A-Levels in exactly the same way as emerging graduate companies. But that's not the only way your students can get involved! 

School groups make up a substantial proportion of the audience at NSDF and teachers bring groups back every year to immerse their students in some of the best work being produced by young people across the UK. Everyone who comes to the Festival is encouraged to contribute in every possible way – through writing reviews, watching productions, performing, participating in discussions and taking part in the workshops.


I have been bringing 6th form students from state comprehensives to NSDF since 1999 and can honestly say that every year the experience is unique and invaluable. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the learning the students engage in on an almost 24-hour basis genuinely helps them to improve the quality of their work, evidenced by them regularly exceeding expectations in both AS and A Level.


Forget New York/Broadway glamour trips or 24-hour West End Jollies. NSDF really teaches you about theatre – how to make it, watch it, talk about it, improve it. For what you get over the week, NSDF represents outstanding value for money. Andrew Rogers | Head of Drama | Therfield School



Tickets for Schools and Colleges

If you need any help planning your visit, please do not hesitate to contact Lizzie Melbourne (NSDF General Manager) on [email protected].

Tickets for school groups are available at a discount rate and you can purchase either a Full Week Pass, Half Week Pass or One Day Pass. Teachers and Group Leaders go free. 

Please get in touch with Lizzie if you would like to make a booking, or would like to talk further about this. 





Workshops for Schools and Colleges

The workshops are published 10 days ahead of the Festival online. There will be informal sessions that take place each morning, giving the students a chance to talk to actors, directors, writers, producers, designers and stage managers about the realities of working in the industry and get advice on how to launch their careers.

Once the programme is announced, you or your students can browse the programme and then book online on a first come first served basis ahead of the Festival week.

If you are bringing a larger group, we may be able to programme workshops that are specific to your students’ interests and/or curriculum. Please get in touch at least 6 weeks before the Festival if you would like us to arrange something like this.

Please take a look at our Workshops page to see the full programme of workshops we had at NSDF 19. 


Arts Award 

The Festival is an Arts Award Supporter. Some of the Festival activity can contribute towards your student’s Arts Award and we will support them. For example: joining the Technical Team or Management Team and participating in workshops or writing reviews and articles for our Noises Off Team which may then feature in a portfolio.

For more information go to the Arts Award website or get in touch with our team at NSDF to discuss.



We take the safety of your students extremely seriously and we will do everything we can to make sure they have a wonderful time at the Festival and feel fully part of it.

However, we cannot operate in loco parentis for groups or individuals between the age of 16 and 18. This means that this age group must be accompanied by a teach or an adult (which is one of the reasons why we offer free tickets to any teacher/adult who is at the Festival).

Take a look at our Young Person’s Protection Policy and Equal Opportunities Policy. 


If you would like to request more information, or a call back, please complete the short form below.