Northcott Young Company

New Young Company Classes

Building on the success of our existing Northcott Young Company, we are excited to be expanding our classes to reach new age groups.

Launching in September 2024, we will be introducing two new groups: Infants for ages 5 – 7 and Juniors for ages 7 – 9. This means we will have provision for anyone age 5 – 16 in our Young Company, and all the way to age 21 through our Northcott Young Creatives group.

Our ethos is centred on the idea of working as an ensemble – everything we create is made in collaboration with the young people, and our experienced team of facilitators. This leads to creating work that is relevant, engaging and innovative. Our classes help young people to develop their creativity and performance skills, explore themes that speak to them, and devise new work to share with friends, family and the public.

Sessions are fun, welcoming and inclusive. Young people with or without performance experience are welcome, all they need is a desire to get involved and work creatively. Our values, created in collaboration with our groups, are encapsulated by “RISC”: Respect, Inclusivity, Safety and Creativity.

(The teachers) take care of you. You feel like you really don’t have to really hide yourself, you can just be yourself here, there’s no judging or anything.

Northcott Young Company Participant

NYC Classes

All NYC classes run weekly on Saturdays, at the Barnfield Theatre or at St Sidwell’s Point. Autumn term runs from 14 September to 30 November 2024, excluding half term (26 October and 2 November).

Bookings are now open for our Infants and Juniors 1 groups. You can book online (please use the links below) or via our Box Office on 01392 72 63 63 or [email protected].

Bookings for our returning NYC Classes (Juniors 2 and Seniors 1 & 2) will be opening to the public on 13 July 2024.

NYC Infants (age 5 – 7)

11.30am – 12.45pm at St Sidwell’s Point

Sessions are playful, imaginative, experimental and fun, and are designed to stimulate creative play with lots of games, teamwork, skills building, and loads of fun. We use our bodies and voices to learn how to tell stories to each other and with each other. The emphasis is not on performance at this age, but we do sometimes put together small shows for sharing.

Please note that parents do not stay in the sessions.

Three young children play with an umbrella.
Photo by South West Theatre Photography
Photo by Ralph Whitehead

NYC Juniors 1 (age 7 – 9)

1pm – 2.30pm at St Sidwell’s Point

We build on existing skills and creativity and begin to explore different ways we can perform together. Sessions are designed to develop creativity with games, teamwork, skills building and loads of fun. We further explore using bodies and voices to learn how to tell stories and to turn them into exciting theatre. The emphasis is not only on performance at this age, but in allowing young people to develop their creativity and curiosity in a safe and fun environment.

Please note that parents do not stay in the sessions.

NYC Juniors 2 (age 9 – 12)

10am – 12pm at the Barnfield Theatre, Clifford Room

This group has been running since 2017 and was one of our first classes launched.

Sessions for Juniors 2 are more geared towards creating work together. Still exploring how we use different skills and ideas, we prioritise the learning, development and creativity of our young people. At this stage, we begin to introduce what it means to work as an ensemble – an idea that runs throughout all our classes – and how we can create collaboratively.

Photo by Ralph Whitehead
Behind-the-scenes production photo from Exeter Northcott Theatre and the Northcott Young Company's co-production Studio on the 3rd Floor. A TV studio control room. In the foreground, audio mixers, headphones and a computer keyboard on top of a large black flight case, acting as a desk. Jacob Blackburn (centre-right), a young man with brown hair wearing a navy polo shirt, gives direction to three young performers sat around him. They are all looking to the left of the frame to something in the distance, smiling.
Photo by Ralph Whitehead

NYC Seniors 1 & 2 (Age 13 – 16)

at the Barnfield Theatre, Clifford Room

Our Seniors groups are both for young people aged 13 – 16. Also launched in 2017, these groups started as part of our original offer.

This is where young people really start to be challenged through our work together. We have loads of fun and we work hard. Creating work as a company is still at the heart of the group, with the young people being supported by our team of facilitators to explore their own ideas in a safe and fun environment.

Summer Theatre Week

Would you like to make a piece of theatre in a week? Come and join us for Summer Theatre Week! No previous experience necessary, just a willingness to get involved.

Summer Theatre Week is for young people ages 12 to 16 years and will run from Mon 29 Jul – Fri 2 Aug 2024:

Monday – Thursday, 10am – 4pm
Friday 11am – 7pm (with a sharing of work for friends and family at 6pm)

£150 per participant.

Limited bursaries are available – contact our Creative Engagement Producer, Jacob, for more details ([email protected])

To book a place, please email our Box Office team on [email protected], or call 01392 72 63 63.

Scene from NYC Summer school production
NYC – ‘The Family Tree’. Photo by Matt Austin.
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Performance projects are a natural extension of our NYC Saturday Classes, with older participants (12+ years) invited to audition for a fully-realised theatre production on the Northcott stage, typically with rehearsals during school holidays.

Performance Projects encapsulate our NYC ethos, with participants working creatively and generously, sharing ideas and making work in collaboration, developing their understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Recent projects have included a new version of Rime of the Ancient Mariner (2017), Into The Light, a response to W.H. Auden’s poem September 1 1939 (2018), an adaptation of The Family Tree by Mal Peet (2019), and UNLOCKed, which encompasses Tomorrow, a short film reflecting on participants’ experience of lockdown, I Am Rose, live performances inspired by this film (2020), and farcical TV studio comedy Studio on the 3rd Floor (2023).

Promotional photo captured during a collaborative workshop between the Northcott Young Creatives and Le Navet Bete. Background: Black theatre curtains. A pink-coloured carpet floor. Foreground: Matt Freeman and Nick Bunt from Le Navet Bete pose for a group photo with the Northcott Young Creatives.
Photo by Ralph Whitehead

Young Creatives Work With Le Navet Bete

Our 17-21 group have recently been collaborating with Exeter’s favourite funny men Le Navet Bete – one of several industry professionals our company have worked with.

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It creates a real sense of community and you always feel welcome no matter where you’ve come from.

Northcott Young Company participant

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