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Artist Development
Artist Development
Our work with artists

Since its foundation in 1980, Barbican Theatre has committed to supporting artists and emerging talent across theatre, dance and the performing arts. Offering support through resources, mentoring and performance opportunities, we continue to strive to support the next generation of performance makers from across the region.


Our Flourish programme sees local companies/artists of high quality and potential selected for support by Barbican Theatre during a two-year period, facilitating their development towards sustainable working within the region. Flourish artists work towards developing a long-term strategy of developing work which can tour outside of the city, securing funding on a project-by-project or regular basis and supporting the development of the next generation of local dance and theatre practitioners.

Between April 2015 and March 2017, our Flourish programme received principle funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Selected Flourish artists during this period were:

beyond face

Beyond Face Theatre Company


Ysyknna-AA Vertical Wall Dance


PaddleBoat Theatre Company


Barbican Theatre are grateful for the support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation during 2015-17 to allow us to deliver our Flourish programme.



Performance Opportunities

Barbican Theatre work in partnership with a number of companies, artists and organisations to provide opportunities to present work at varying stages of development. These opportunities provide a platform for work to be seen by an audience, and for further development to be informed through feedback and advice – as well as an opportunity for ourselves and out partners to familiarise ourselves with the work of a wide range of artists working across the city and region.

Recent opportunities of this nature include:


From Devon With Love – a festival of new work presented in partnership between Barbican Theatre and the Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter (2015 & 2016)


Plymouth Fringe Festival – a week-long celebration of theatre and live performance across the city curated by Toast in partnership with Barbican Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Peninsula Arts, and supported by Arts Council England and Plymouth Culture (2015 & 2016)


Outpost – an annual pop-up season of work in Plymouth’s historic Royal William Yard, presented by New Model Theatre in partnership with Barbican Theatre and Urban Splash, and supported by Arts Council England (2014 & 2015)