FORCE Arts Leadership

During the COVID-19 Lockdown and temporary closure of Barbican Theatre (from 16 March 2020) Performance Training Classes / FORCE Sessions 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)

Be an arts leader...

FORCE is our training programme for aspiring arts leaders (aged 18+) to develop skills in dance or theatre facilitation and teaching, technical production or arts management. FORCE members have the opportunity to receive accreditation through Arts Award.

Our next FORCE open evening is Thursday 17 October 2019 7pm - 8:30pm at Barbican Theatre.

At the open evening you'll have the chance to meet our core team and practitioners,chat through what you'd like to achieve and hear about plans for the FORCE Arts Leadership year long programme.

Membership of FORCE costs just £5 per year and your membership includes:

  • Attendance of FORCE workshops and other training / development opportunities from Oct 2019 - July 2020
  • Discounted ticket price for nominated performances at Barbican Theatre / The Plymouth Athenaeum
  • 10% discount on food and non alcoholic drinks in The B-Bar (upon presentation of your Membership card which will be issued when you sign up for FORCE)
  • 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!)

To sign up to attend the open evening (and be kept up-to-date on developments) please click here and send your details, or complete the Contact Form on this page.

You can also  follow us on Facebook (Barbican Theatre Plymouth) where we usually post updates and information on classes and events such as this.

Register to attend the FORCE Open Evening on Thursday 17 October 2019:
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Train in technical production and stage management with our experienced Production Manager Jamie Smith. Learn technical skills in lighting and sound, and gain hands on experience as a technical assistant with professional companies.

Theatre FORCE

Receive quality leadership and facilitation mentoring from our team of practitioners, led by our skilled theatre practitioners. Learn how to structure and deliver workshops combining technical and artistic content and find your feet in the arts industry as a theatre practitioner.


In depth leadership training with our experienced Dance Practitioner Suzie West. Training covers legal requirements, marketing and how to structure and facilitate dance workshops, combining technique and artistic content.


Share your artistic ideas and make them happen. Develop skills in arts management and marketing through working on scratch nights, festivals, and events, mentored by our experienced Creative Producer Dan Baker.