Northcott Young Company

Saturday Classes – sign up now!

At the heart of Northcott Young Company are the Saturday Classes we run during school term time, where 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 and family. 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.


Summer term runs for 10 weeks – from 24 April to 10 July (or 28 April – 7 July for Wednesday classes) – excluding both Saturdays either side of half term.

We’re planning to get back together in person! All sessions will take place at the Barnfield Theatre, and will be socially distanced and in line with government guidance on out-of-school settings. And we’re delighted to introduce our new Wednesday evening group for those ages 17-21.

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 £100 for the 10-week programme. Some limited bursaries are available – please contact Lisa for more information.

Registration is now open for new members. Socially-distanced classes will be capped at a maximum of 15, so places will fill up fast. Please ring our Box Office on 01392 72 63 63 to register a place (open Tue-Sat, 10am-2pm).

Contact our Young People’s Producer, Lisa Hudson, for more information about any of these opportunities.

Contact Lisa

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.

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

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.

Support our work with young people

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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