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Improved access to performing arts for young people in Plymouth, Barbican Theatre


Barbican Theatre, Plymouth is thrilled to announce exciting changes to our Performance Training classes, which offer greater opportunities for young people in ages 12 – 25 to engage with performing arts.

Young people, emerging artists, and the development of talent are at the heart of all that Barbican Theatre do. Our ambition has been to raise the standard of dance and theatre performance being produced by, with and for young people. We seek to challenge what traditional notions of theatre and dance are and liberate the imagination of young people to create fresh and exciting work that comes from new and unusual voices – voices that are often unheard.

We believe that creativity belongs to everyone, so we work hard to ensure our performances and workshops are affordable and accessible. So one of the exciting changes we’re making is to dramatically reduce the cost of Performance Training membership;

Dance Junction and Theatre Junction for ages 12 – 16 now cost just £50 per year per class (approx. 30 weeks of training / performance opportunities) which equates to less than £1.67 per 90 minute session.

COMPANY b Dance and COMPANY b Theatre for ages 16 – 25 now cost just £60 per year, per class (approx. 30 weeks of training / performance opportunities) which equates to just £2 per 3 hour session.

Annual membership also offers participants access to discounted ticket prices for nominated performances and 10% discount in The B-Bar.

Performance Training sessions run Monday to Wednesday during term time:

  • Dance Junction (ages 12 – 16) Mondays 5:15pm – 6:45pm Free tasters Monday 16 September and Monday 23 September.
  • Theatre Junction (ages 12 – 16) Mondays 7pm – 8:30pm. Free tasters Monday 16 September and Monday 23 September.
  • *New class* Theatre Junction (ages 12 – 16) Tuesdays 4:30pm – 6pm. Free tasters Tuesday 17 September and Tuesday 24 September
  • COMPANY b Dance (ages 16 – 25) Tuesdays 6:15pm – 9:15pm. Workshop auditions Tuesday 24 September and Tuesday 1 October
  • COMPANY b Theatre (ages 16 – 25) Wednesdays 6:15pm – 9:15pm. Workshop auditions Wednesday 25 September and Tuesday 2 October

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