Northcott Young Company

(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

At the heart of the Northcott Young Company are the Saturday and Wednesday classes we run during school term time. In the classes, participants work alongside our experienced tutors and other young people to develop their creativity and performance skills, explore themes, and devise new theatre to share with friends, family and the public. Sessions are fun, welcoming and inclusive, and we don’t expect young people to have previous experience, just a desire to get involved and work creatively.


The spring term runs for 10 weeks.

For Saturday classes, this is from 6 January to 23 March (excluding half-term dates, 10 and 17 February).

Wednesday classes will run from 10 January to 20 March (excluding half-term date, 14 February).

All sessions will take place at the Barnfield Theatre.

AGE 9-12: Saturdays 10am – 12pm
AGE 13-16: Saturdays 12.30 – 2.30pm or 3 – 5pm
AGE 17-21: Wednesdays 6 – 8pm

The fee for all classes is £125 for the 10-week programme. Some limited bursaries are available, contact us using the form below for more details on this.

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.

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Our specialised programmes transform the lives of young people in Devon, supporting their creativity and helping them to explore and understand issues that are relevant to them. Please support us to continue this vital work.

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