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.

NYC Summer school – The Bridge Project

Monday 8 – Friday 12 August 2022
With a sharing of work on Friday 12th

We are excited to announce our latest Summer School project aimed at students in years 10 and 11.

This will be an opportunity to explore the world of theatre making, and to gain experience working with professional artists on a piece of theatre.

Sessions take place daily from 10am until 4pm at Roborough Studios, University of Exeter, EX4 4SB.

To book, call our Box Office team on 01392 72 63 63 or email

For information about bursaries and any other questions, please contact

Young Company Classes – Applications now open!

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 Autumn Term runs for 10 weeks. For Saturday classes this is from 17 September to 3 December (excluding half-term). Wednesday classes will run from 21 September to 30 November (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 72 63 63 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 Creatives work 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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