Performance Training

During the COVID-19 Lockdown and temporary closure of Barbican Theatre (from 16 March 2020) Performance Training Classes will not be running until further notice.

In order to ensure our young people are still able to engage with activities and their Practitioners we have launched B-Hive which is an online resource featuring videos of tutorials, challenges and activities suitable for all involved with Performance Training classes (as well as others who might just want to create or move while they are in isolation)

Barbican Theatre Performance Training classes offer something a bit different.

Young people (ages 12 - 25) choose the subject, they devise, they choreograph, they make the performances happen – as actors, dancers, technicians, producers, directors, even workshop leaders. The work created is by, with and for young people.

We want to create unusual, challenging, relevant, high quality performance and we need the best young artists in the city to help us do that.

Many members of Performance Training go on to train at some of the top performing arts schools, colleges and universities in the country.

Performance Training 2019-20 Academic Year

Our next 10 week term begins from w/c 13 January 2020.

We're offering free tasters for Dance Junction (ages 12 - 16) and free auditions for COMPANY b Dance (ages 16 - 25) on these dates:

Dance Junction taster: Mon 13 January 2020 5:15pm - 6:45pm. Book yours by emailing

COMPANY b Dance auditions: Tue 14 January 6:15pm - 9:15pm Book yours by emailing

(We aren't currently taking new members for Theatre Junction or COMPANY b Theatre)

  • Annual fees for Dance or Theatre Junction is £50 per year  and for COMPANY b Dance or Theatre is £60. 
  • The mid year fees for the spring and summer term (20 weeks of classes including any performances) is £33 for Junction or £40 for COMPANY b. 
  • Attendance of your dance / theatre classes for 30 weeks a year including performances and any extra rehearsals
  • Discounted ticket price for nominated performances at Barbican Theatre / The Plymouth Athenaeum (this is not all performances - participants will be informed which performances)
  • 10% discount on food and non alcoholic drinks in The B-Bar
  • Opportunity to buy exclusive Performance Training t-shirts (£8) and hoodies (£18) – order form available here  (we have stock already so there’s no waiting for them to arrive if you order now!)

What classes are available?