Details of our Spring 2021 term sessions will be published here from 4 December (current members of ReBels have been emailed details on 26 November so they can choose their sessions before they are opened to the public)
Opportunities for young people at Barbican Theatre...
Our new ReBels Talent Development Classes for 12-25 year olds launched from 28 September - and at only £60 for an entire year!
Alongside weekly classes there will be a much wider range of masterclasses and workshops (from VJ-ing, to Projection mapping, to composing for choreography) and online workshops through the B-Hive (which reached over 37,000 people during lockdown).
Our ReBels autumn 2020 programme with dates, venues, themes and content is now available by clicking here:
All of our talent development and training is getting a new name: ReBels
You are all part of one rebellious family from now on so that whatever your age, your voice will be heard and skills celebrated.
Membership is only £60 for an entire year (for our ages 12 - 15 groups or ages 15 - 25 groups)
You get even more opportunities, for the same great value!
Naturally there are going to be some changes to make sure everyone stays safe, happy and healthy. Here is the Nitty Gritty:
Smaller groups in bigger spaces
You will be meeting in a smaller bubble of up to 10 people to make social distancing easier. Barbican Theatre’s space is going to be too small for delivering socially distanced classes so we will be hiring bigger spaces in Plymouth.
We know that seeing your friends is important and we want you to be able to work with your friends. So you can pick your groups. Each group will have a slightly different focus for the half term to help you and your friends try new stuff.
For ages 12 - 15yrs: the six groups will be project based e.g. comedy, puppetry, contemporary dance, hip hop and spoken word.
For ages 15 - 25 yrs: the classes will still focus on technical training and then you can branch off into one of three creative projects that change every half term e.g devising ghost stories / creating a digital performance / Backstreet Theatre.
There will still be Theatre or Dance training in each project with experienced practitioners you know. However, these smaller groups give us an opportunity to try new things. During the creative time in each class there will be extra opportunities to learn cross overs like stage combat or beatbox poetry too.
There will also be a group that will remain online to develop online content like podcasts, films and live-streaming. So if you don’t feel ready for face to face yet, you can still be part of ReBels BHive.
There will be more groups and therefore more classes. You can take part in more than one group if you want - it won't cost you any more!
ReBels means breaking rules, being curious, taking on new challenges and finding your unique voice. Imagine if we uncover an entire new dance style growing out of Plymouth (like KRUMP coming out of LA), or the next music genre (like Grime from London or Drum and Bass in Bristol). Imagine if your job hasn’t even been invented yet? Who’s the next Kae Tempest? What other ways can you tell stories? What stories should we be telling?
Often in the arts world you work alongside other artists, constantly learning new tricks. Sometimes you don’t even end up being a performer but go into film, technology or directing. ReBels will make sure you get the kind of training that gives you a taste of much more than dance and theatre.
The separate Junction (ages 12-15) and Company b (ages 15-25) programmes will stay separated but will be renamed as ReBels. This ReBels name is being used across all of our engagement and talent development to connect up with Barbican Theatre’s new mission - building your voices and giving you a space to be seen and heard.