Thrive is Barbican Theatre's programme of support for local, new and emerging artists.

Drawing upon our history of working with artists, we offer a range of opportunities for artists to get involved with us - from masterclass workshops to performing on our stages, we are committed to giving individuals and companies the chance to thrive.

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Throughout the year, Barbican Theatre offers a range of workshops and training opportunities which aim to help local artists establish themselves as professional artists through developing their skill sets.

We offer one-off workshops and masterclass programmes which cater to the needs of local artists, working with practitioners and partner companies from across the UK to provide a range of opportunities.

Our FORCE programme aims to help young people and emerging artists aged 16-25 in developing their leadership skills across theatre, dance and live events.

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As a company committed to talent development, Barbican Theatre is happy to provide advice to local artists and practitioners which may help their career progression.

From advice on how to put together a tour, to help with applying to training courses - if you're local to Plymouth, then we encourage you to get in touch with us. We sometimes can offer rehearsal space, too!

We're always happy to meet for a chat, if we can find a time that works for you and us!

Email Dan Baker, our Creative Producer, on if you'd like to discuss with us how we might be able to help you.

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Barbican Theatre has a history of showcasing work from exciting local and emerging artists, across a variety of art forms - including theatre, dance, spoken work and cabaret.

We are always keen to hear from artists in and around Plymouth who have completed shows which may fit with our programme of work. Our current focus is on locally produced work; if you are an artist from further afield, then whilst we are happy to hear from you please be aware our ability to programme you is limited.

For artists we have not previously programmed, we appreciate the opportunity to see your work where possible. If you would like to invite us to an upcoming performance, or have films of your work, then please let us know. Please be aware that we cannot always attend performances, and the more local they are the easier it is for us to attend!

If you would like to tell us about your work, then please email us details (including preferred dates) on