ReBels: ages 15 – 25


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) 

ReBels: What's NEW for 2020!

As we are still experiencing the affects and restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 global pandemic, there are naturally going to be some changes to our young people's training classes, 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 15 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 (please see below - all of these Barabican Theatre Partner spaces are within the PL1 poscode in the city centre / Barbican area)

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.

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.

Sept - Dec 2020

To allow members to experience a mix of styles and creative opportunities sessions will be split into two 90 minute parts this term. All sessions will run on Wednesday evenings.

The hour break also allows us to thoroughly and safely clean the spaces for the next groups

Members will choose one session from 5:30pm - 7pm and one from 8pm - 9:30pm (both covered by your £60 annual fee):

Wednesday 5:30pm - 7pm (choose one from this time)

Composing For Choreography @ Barbican Theatre with Daisy Harrison & Guest Musicians 

As a company of dancers you will be choreographing a dance piece alongside guest musicians. Daisy will be on hand to co create soundscores and build relationships with guest musicians. In the second term the dancers will be trained in percussive drumming skills so that the company can perform as dancers and drummers.

Character & Combat @The Loft with Keith Wallis & Rosie Woodham CLASS FULL

Stunts, tricks, and training your body ready for stage combat will be combined with character work and performance. How does your character talk, walk, confront, react? How can extreme physical reaction and conversations create new versions of old stories? What happens when stage combat is used in an old classic?

(this class is now full. To be added to the waiting list please email us)

Theatre & Music @ Barbican Theatre with Daisy Higman & Alex Hart CLASS FULL

What can we use to make music? How can you use soundscape to help tell stories? This session will develop storytelling skills, ensemble work and choral performance. You will train your voice as an instrument and explore rhythm and sound in the body, random objects and instruments. Atmospheric, cinematic and  sometimes surreal, you will work as a group to create sound walls, to work with musicians to compose quickly and learn how to accompany music with storytelling.

Wednesday 8pm - 9:30pm (choose one from this time)

Rhythm & Articulation @ Barbican Theatre with Daisy Harrison & Kadus Smith 

Training in dance is all about the building blocks of body fitness and movement exploration. This class will explore skills in rhythm, articulation, coordination, expression and flexibility across contemporary and hip hop styles. What new skills can you explore? How can you hone your unique dance identity?

Online Stories @The Loft with Kevin Johnson & Zoe Bloss CLASS FULL

Working as an ensemble Kev and Zoe will guide you through the process of designing and writing stories for live and online performances. The history of Plymouth and the myths of the South West will be the starting point and your imagination and storytelling skills will shape your own voice and draw a fireside crowd

Catwalk Creativity @ Annabel's with Ellie Bostick-Woolman &  Harry Scott

Colourful, extravagant, playful and noisy. As an ensemble you’ll be creating an event for Plymouth that celebrates the high spirited world of fashion, shifting identities and celebration. Anything goes and everything is celebrated. So get involved in playlists, upcycling, signing, strutting, lighting… and anything else.

When signing up for ages 15-25 classes members must attend both sessions.

How to join ReBels?

To register for a place in ReBels please complete the form on this page or email your details to James at

Sessions: Wednesdays 5:30pm - 7pm and 8pm - 9:30pm

Price per year: £60 (approx 30 weeks)


Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth PL1 2NJ

The Loft,  Vauxhall Quay Sutton Harbour Plymouth PL4 0DN

and another city centre venue tbc

Sign up to join ReBels (ages 15-25) 

You must choose one session in the 5:30pm - 7pm timeslot and one session in the 8pm - 9:30pm. 

Once your place is confirmed by the Barbican Theatre Rebel's team you'll be sent a link to our online payment. 

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    You can mix disciplines and venues as there is time to travel between them.
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Why We Exist...

We believe that young people's creativity has no limits or restrictions

How we do the Why...

You can't be what you can't see.

A young person should encounter endless different creative outlets and opportunities to help find the best way to express themselves. Without financial, social or cultural barriers.

What ReBels do...

We provide project focussed training groups that allow young people to experience and develop with mutiple artforms and styles, while focussing on one production or performance. We listen to our young people to find out what they want - if we don't already cover subjects or artforms they want that's how we find out and develop with and for them.

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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)