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We are Barbican Theatre: we get excited about people creating and enjoying theatre, dance and live entertainment.

Inclusivity is very important to us and we want to work with all kinds of people to make outstanding theatre, dance and all other types of live performance.

People can get involved in so many ways; not just as a participant or an audience member. They could be a technician, a producer, choreographer, director, writer, designer or interested in arts marketing. There are so many opportunities and experiences we want to help emerging talent explore and engage with so that together we can create work that inspires, challenges, entertains and educates.

Barbican Theatre is a dynamic charity started in 1980. We believe that creativity belongs to everyone, so we ensure that our performances and workshops are affordable and accessible.

Thrive emerging artists

Thrive is Barbican Theatre's programme of support for local, new and emerging artists.

Drawing upon our history of working with artists, we offer a range of opportunities for artists to get involved with us - from masterclass workshops to performing on our stages, we are committed to giving individuals and companies the chance to thrive.

Barbican Theatre has a history of showcasing work from exciting local and emerging artists, across a variety of art forms - including theatre, dance, spoken work and cabaret. Artists we have worked with and helped to develop and grow include Le Navet Bete, Beyond Face, and Scratchworks Theatre Company.

As a company committed to talent development, Barbican Theatre is happy to provide advice to local artists and practitioners which may help their career progression.

Find out more about Thrive.

FUSE Diverse Dance

FUSE is Barbican Theatre’s 4 year diverse dance project, funded by Arts Council England

Barbican Theatre has a strong history of dance development over the last 40 years. FUSE aims to create a new way of making dance by bringing together diverse communities, local dancers and guest choreographers as equal partners – to have fun, share dance styles and create mind blowing new performances for public audiences.

Find out more about Fuse Diverse Dance.

Barbican Theatre Performance Training  

Barbican Theatre Performance Training classes offer something a bit different.

Young people (ages 12 - 25) choose the subject, they devise, they choreograph, they make the performances happen – as actors, dancers, technicians, producers, directors, even workshop leaders. The work created is by, with and for young people.

We want to create unusual, challenging, relevant, high quality performance and we need the best young artists in the city to help us do that.

Many members of Performance Training go on to train at some of the top performing arts schools, colleges and universities in the country.

Find out more about Barbican Theatre Performance Training.

Entertainment for Everybody

Barbican Theatre is a dynamic charity started in 1980. We programme and create an eclectic mix of work for performance in our smaller Barbican Theatre auditorium (140 seats) and the larger Plymouth Athenaeum (340 seats). This includes theatre, comedy, dance, live music, spoken word, musicals and festivals.  

Find out more about Entertainment for Everybody.

As part of the Summer In Plymouth competition, you could win a voucher to watch a Barbican Theatre show worth £75 (also valid at the Plymouth Athenaeum).

Make sure you enter before Friday 30 August by visiting our Summer In Plymouth competition page.


In partnership with GWR, Destination Plymouth’s lead travel partner

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