About

Inspiring the next generation of artists and entrepreneurs

Barbican Theatre is a dynamic charity started in 1980 with emerging artists, young people and the development of talent at the heart of all that we 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 challenge our young people to work hard at their craft and develop creative and social skills which enhance their learning, resilience and determination to succeed in whatever career path they choose.

Why does our audience choose us?
  • Diversity and originality
  • Position as an alternative theatre offering variety and choice
  • Support of artists and willingness to take risks and challenge conventional theatre models
  • Accessibility and affordability
  • Accent on community, participation and inclusion
  • Accent on issues relevant to 21st century life
  • Focus on young people and emerging talent

Beyond the theatre walls

We have almost 40 years experience of creating and producing theatre and dance of the highest quality across Plymouth and the wider South West region about relevant and sensitive contemporary issues, and utilising the talents of emerging artists on and off the stage.

Want to work with us to get your show on the road? Check out our Artists & Programming page for everything you need to know.

Performance Training Classes

Barbican Theatre Performance Training classes offer something a bit different. Young people choose the subject, they devise, they choreograph, they make the performance happen. The work created is by, with and for young people.

Artist Development & Programming

Barbican Theatre is committed to supporting artists and emerging talent across theatre, dance and the performing arts. Offering support through resources, mentoring and performance opportunities, we continue to strive to support the next generation from across the region.