Northcott Young Company

NYC has given me confidence both on stage and in every day life. I love the sense of community and how it opens up all sorts of opportunities like directing scenes rather than just acting in the play.


Our NYC – Northcott Young Company – classes are proving as popular as ever and spaces are filling up quickly for our spring term 2022. Scroll down to find out more and grab one of the final spots! Due to demand for a senior age group, we now have a thriving 17-21 y/o group who meet on a Wednesday evening. Intended to stretch and challenge, this group regularly works with industry professionals who provide an insight into their theatre-making processes. The recent show The Everyday Wonderful, developed in partnership with Le Navet Bete, was performed to an audience of over 150 during the Exeter Fringe Festival.

As part of our Lottery Funded Heritage project, NYC will be using interviews and memories of a range of theatre-makers and audiences to make a brand-new show for Easter 2022. An intensive residency during the Easter holidays will see NYC exploring archive materials, as well as shaping the archive of the future. Keep an eye on our website and social media for more information and how to book for this very special show.

We have ambitions to extend our age 9 – 16 provision for the summer term, so keep your eye out for more details and use the form below to register your interest in our Young Company classes. Summer term applications will open end of March, so let us know if you’d like to be notified.

Young Company Classes

At the heart of the Northcott Young Company are the Saturday and Wednesday classes we run during school term time. In the classes, participants work alongside our experienced tutors and other young people to develop their creativity and performance skills, explore themes, and devise new theatre to share with friends, family and the public. Sessions are fun, welcoming and inclusive, and we don’t expect young people to have previous experience, just a desire to get involved and work creatively.


The Summer Term runs for 10 weeks. For Saturday classes this is from 30th April to 16th July (excluding half-term). Wednesday classes will run from 4th May to 13th July (excluding half-term).

All sessions will take place at the Barnfield Theatre.

AGE 9-12: Saturdays 10am – 12pm
AGE 13-16: Saturdays 12.30 – 2.30pm or 3 – 5pm
AGE 17-21: Wednesdays 6 – 8pm 

The fee for all classes is £125 for the 10-week programme. Some limited bursaries are available, contact us using the form below for more details on this.

To book, contact the Box Office on 01392 7236363 or email

If you’d like to keep informed about NYC activities, please let us know via the form below.

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Performance Projects

Performance projects are a natural extension of our NYC Saturday Classes, with older participants (12+ years) invited to audition for a fully-realised theatre production on the Northcott stage, typically with rehearsals during school holidays.

Performance Projects encapsulate our NYC ethos, with participants working creatively and generously, sharing ideas and making work in collaboration, developing their understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Recent projects have included a new version of Rime of the Ancient Mariner (2017), Into The Light, a response to W.H. Auden’s poem September 1 1939 (2018), an adaptation of The Family Tree by Mal Peet (2019), and UNLOCKed, which encompasses Tomorrow, a short film reflecting on participants’ experience of lockdown and I Am Rose, live performances inspired by this film (2020).

Watch ‘Tomorrow’
NYC – ‘The Family Tree’ © Matt Austin
Actor Steve Bennett talks to a member of the Northcott Young Company

Northcott Young Company Works With Steve Bennett

Our 17-21 group have recently been collaborting with local panto legend Steve Bennett – one of several industry professionals the company have worked with.

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Thank you so much for providing such a positive environment for our daughter to learn and grow in. She’s really enjoyed the Saturday sessions and her confidence has increased so much since joining the group. I really appreciate the great job you’re all doing.

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Our specialised programmes transform the lives of young people in Devon, supporting their creativity and helping them to explore and understand issues that are relevant to them. Please support us to continue this vital work.

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