Junior Theatre Festival Trip


Join the RCT away team as we head down MTI’s Junior Theatre Festival at the ICC in Birmingham for a day of all things musical theatre! Attendees will get the chance to take part in workshops led by West End professionals, take in some some special guest performances and perform a 10 minute extract of one of our Junior productions. The group will perform will be in front of other attendees from across the country and given feedback from a panel of theatre professionals.

For a taste of what to expect, check out the 2019 festival here (you might even see some familiar faces!). Ask any of our 2019 cohort and they will tell you what an incredible day it was!

Fee includes return coach travel, overnight accomodation (1 night with dinner and breakfast), admission and theatre festival t-shirt.

At RCT we strongly believe that cost should never be a barrier to participation. To defer payment, use the coupon code RCTDEFER at the checkout, we’ll then contact you to discuss the best way to pay. Fully funded and part funded places are also available: for more information, please contact pamela@rubberchickentheatre.co.uk

Before booking, please read the full Event Details section below.

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Event Details

The trip is open to anyone under the age of 19 on the date of travel. We will be performing an excerpt of either Aladdin Jr, Elf Jr, Annie Jr, or Matilda Jr. We will decide on the most appropriate show when we see who is going - please ensure your child is aware of this before booking. Children going on the trip do NOT need to have previously performed in one of the shows to attend.

Pre-Trip Rehearsal Details

Pre trip rehearsals will take place on the following dates:

  • Sunday 17th October : 5.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Wed 19th October : 7.30pm – 9.00pm
  • Fri 22nd October : 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Trip Itinerary

  • Sat 23rd Oct - Travel from Dunblane late morning to YHA Ironbridge Coalport. Evening meal (included) and leisure time. Overnight stay.
  • Sun 24th Oct - Early brekfast and then travel early morning to The ICC, Birmingham. Registration opens at 8.00am. Full day at The ICC with lunch included.
  • Sun 24th Oct - Leave ICC Birmgham approx 6pm. Return travel to Dunblane, stopping at services to purchase dinner. Return early hours of Mon 25th Oct.

Accomodation / Travel

Accomodation for children is in shared dorms. We will release the group list and work out dorm spaces once booking has closed. If your child is nervous about staying away from home for the night, please do get in touch - the adults going are very experienced in managing children on trips. For security and safety, everyone must travel in the coach together - it will not be possible for parents to transport their children to the venue separately. At comfort stops, primary age children will remain in groups with an adult.


Children will need a packed lunch and drink (or money to purchase it) for the journey down and money to purchase dinner on the return journey. Stops will be made at service stations en route. Children may wish to bring snacks / drinks for the Sunday too.

Junior Theatre Festival Details

Following a mass warm-up session the day will consist of:


Groups perform 10 minutes of a Broadway Junior musical for adjudication by leading theatre professionals. Groups are rated in the areas of music, acting, dance and overall performance. The adjudicators offer constructive criticism to each group to encourage further learning in key areas.


Get a sneak peak at three new Broadway Junior shows.


West End professionals and master teachers from across the globe offer interactive workshops in all aspects of musical theatre performance. Groups will rotate around THREE separate workshops, each focusing on one of the core skills; acting, singing and dancing.


During adjudications, two students from each group will be selected as AllStars. AllStars will participate in exclusive workshops and will rehearse and perform a featured number at the Awards Ceremony on the main stage.


To celebrate the accomplishments of the day everyone gathers in the main theatre to watch the AllStars perform. Outstanding performances are selected from the morning's adjudications and groups perform their numbers on the stage. Awards are given for achievements in dance, music, acting and ensemble as well as outstanding individual performances.

Start date: 23 October 2021

End date: 24 October 2021

Venue: The ICC, Birmingham

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