The Agitators

Applications are now open for the Royal Court Agitator programme. We are looking for 12 committed theatre curators and creatives aged 18 – 25 who are interested in routes outside of performing.  This year-long programme (Jan– Dec 2019) integrates young people in to the heart of the building, builds a deep knowledge of the Royal Court, supports the development of theatre makers and provides pathways into the industry.

The Agitators all receive dramaturgical training (previously our Script Panel), facilitation skills, and expertise workshops with industry professionals. As an Agitator you will support-facilitate workshop sessions, attend dinners with political activists, be assigned a mentor from the Royal Court staff and support and curate Big Idea events and creative collaborations with the Royal Court season.

We actively encourage applications from young people who are not in education, employment or training. There is an expenses, payment and bursary scheme to support involvement in the programme.

There will be a selection workshop on Tuesday 15th January, 4 – 5:30pm or 5:30-7pm, with a second interview on Thursday 17th January (Between 5 – 7pm; slots to be confirmed)

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 18th December, 12pm

To apply, please fill out the application form:


Past Events

The System
Sat 14 Oct 2017
Inspired by The FallVictory ConditionB and Road, The Young Agitators created an event which acknowledged and addressed questions around the title The System. Including installations, panel discussions, Q&A’s with writers Chris Thorpe, Guillermo Calderon and the cast of The Fall. Plays written by Young Court writers aged 8-25 and a ballot box for audiences to suggest changes the Young Agitators, staff and creatives can make that the government cannot. This free day of events took place in various locations throughout the Royal Court building.

‘Great to see plays done by young people about old world problems.’

‘A great range of plays exploring the premise thoughtfully, playfully and provocatively.’

‘Loved thinking about what the world could become.  What we can stop.  Brought issues in the human system to light through abstract/ dystopia.’


Fri 11 Aug 2017
The Young Agitators conducted an event which focused on the artistic work from emerging artists. It featured: short plays, 3 short films accompanied by movement, a performance art piece, a spoken word piece and an original piano composition. The sold out event attracted new audiences to  the Royal Court and was a starting point for new relationships with young artists.

Overjoyed, humbled and empowered by the power of youth!’

‘Absolutely amazing, surprisingly honest and raw! Best show I’ve seen all year!’

‘A great concept with very talented performers and writers. Loved void, sauce and primal instinct was interesting to say the least but left an impression! Thanks.’