The YAC Players
Introducing The YAC Players; our Adult Theatre Company that our Young Actors aspire to be part of. This performance-based company trains weekly under the guidance of fantastic directors and brings outstanding and engaging theatre to venues and schools across Cambridgeshire.
The YAC Players is a company like no other and aimed at actors aged 18 plus. Whether you are looking to build a CV of fantastic credits before auditioning for Drama Schools, looking to springboard your career or have chosen a different career path but still wish to continue performing… The YAC Players is for you! We provide ample opportunity to perform, hone in on skills, create theatre, showreels, make like minded friends and be seen by casting directors and agents.
Throughout the year, The Company will benefit from the highest standard of acting training that The Young Actors Company is renowned for delivering, gain access to industry professionals and perform in fantastic theatre venues, fringe festivals and schools.
The Company meets every Thursday 7:30pm-9:30pm at The Netherhall School Cambridge and is run by Director Darren O’Sullivan and Assistant Director Bethany Knowles.
The YAC Players are delighted to announce that their next production will be Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and will have a week run at the Corpus Playroom Cambridge. Auditions will be held on Thursday 15th September. To register for your place and find out more information please email: [email protected]
Project membership fee: £150 (24 week term)
Company led by:
The YAC Players Director
Darren has been working in theatre industry straight out of college at the age of 18. He began his career as a actor and has performed in several nationwide theatre tours, Shakespeare, short film and pantomimes, before falling in love with directing and writing. He has since worked as a director on over 200 shows (150 of which being with younger actors) and has worked with The National Theatre, Ophelia Circus Theatre company, Abridge Theatre Company and 20Twenty Theatre Company, of which he was the founding member.
Darren is also a creative director for Polkadot Pantomimes and was nominated for best director in the 2021/22.
As well as directing theatre, Darren is also a published author of six psychological thrillers, signed to HarperCollins under his real name and Audible under a pseudonym BB Thomas. His work has been translated into several languages and has achieve bestseller status in 5 countries.
He has two more novels scheduled to be published in 2023.
He is delighted to now be the Creative Director for The Young Actors Company.
Bethany F. Knowles
The YAC Players Assistant Director
Bethany has been working in theatre for several years now. She runs her own theatre company, Ruckus Theatre Co., in South London and works as a Company and Technical Stage Manager for a variety of different shows, most recently running the Piccolo Theatre for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 2022.
She has a Master’s degree in Shakespeare Studies from King’s College London and the Globe and is delighted to be bringing her expertise to the YAC Players.