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Schools & Colleges

At Barbican Theatre we strongly believe outreach work in schools and within their surrounding communities is vital in providing true access. It ensures that many young people get the opportunity to participate and have a go at something new. We believe by getting young people fired up about making, creating and performing in-school we offer the knowledge, means and motivation for them to open the door to arts and culture outside of school, in the city and beyond.

We work with different schools in different ways, responding creatively to needs identified by the school.

Past projects have included:

  • Skills development workshops in dance or theatre (tailored to curriculum/models)
  • Teacher training
  • After-school clubs with opportunity to perform at the Barbican Theatre
  • Artistic mentoring in dance, choreography and Theatre devising
  • GCSE and BTec mentoring teacher support
  • School Trips ‘Go & See’ Professional performances at the Barbican Theatre – with workshop and theatre tours options
  • Barbican Theatre Performance presentations ‘How to get involved’ in class, assembly or to community youth groups.
  • Enrichment week make a play/dance performance in a week, working alongside professional artists. (Perform at the Barbican Theatre)
  • Creative Residency working with Inspiring National Dance and Theatre Companies. One off workshops – 1-3 full day/s workshops and performance.

Please get in touch if you wish to discuss any of the above.

Likewise if you are a Head Teacher/Teacher looking to try something new or develop arts provision in your school, then we would be very happy to meet with you.

Please email or telephone 01752 267131.

Creativity belongs to everyone, what we have to do is ensure everyone knows it.

Day Of Difference

Day of Difference is our theatre and education package all about diversity – it puts racial intolerance and discrimination under the microscope by encouraging young people to examine their values, attitudes and beliefs – in short, how we deal with other people’s differences.

Day of Difference was originally created in collaboration with King Edward VI School, Totnes. We went into the school and worked with the staff and the pupils to create a programme that brings to the fore the issues surrounding diversity and helps the teachers and the students to look at what they think about difference.

In the morning the whole year group participate in a drama simulation all about cultural difference and assumptions. In the afternoon the young people interact directly with an ethnically diverse team of real people all with personal experiences which directly relate to the fictional simulations from the morning, helping to put real faces to experiences around diversity.

Day of Difference is a tried and tested programme which continues to be in demand regionally and it is available to schools throughout the year. It is delivered as whole day workshop suitable for Key Stage 3 and 4 and it is specifically designed to involve a whole year group for the whole day. The programme also involves a half day (minimum 2 hours) training session for teachers prior to the day of delivery.

Download our information leaflet as a pdf: Day of Difference A4 2pp FINAL print ready artwork

If you are interested finding out more about Day of Difference, you can call Barbican Theatre on 01752 267131 or email

Have a look at some photos and read about the Day of Difference at Clyst Vale by clicking here.

With Flying Colours

With Flying Colours challenges the ‘it’s not for me’ attitude towards arts and culture by providing cultural participation opportunities for young people and their families in and out of school. A combination of dance and theatre practice and performance is in-development to provide young people and their families with access to inspirational arts and culture.

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We believe in the transformational potential of the arts and hope to enable local young people to build confidence, identify and express their feelings and improve their communication skills. We see the development of these foundational life skills, together with exposure to stunning performances and the opportunity to learn from the performers themselves, as a way of raising aspirations and supporting young people to discover their potential and envision their future.

We have begun with regular in-school workshops with highly skilled, consistent practitioners at Mayflower Academy in North Prospect and Highview School in Efford. We provide regular performance ‘sharings’ to invite parent engagement at each stage of the process, with this interaction looking to achieve their participation. In Spring 2016 these young people, like other members of Performance Training, will participate in performance-making workshops with nationally acclaimed ‘2-Faced Dance Company’. They will share their creative success by performing for a friends and family audience at The House, Plymouth University.

One boy who has never danced before said he was: ‘Inspired to try and join a club outside of school’.

Since 2013 Barbican Theatre Performance Training has achieved huge success with young participants demonstrating confidence and skill as they embark upon the career of their choice. We invite commitment to training so that participants here progress their artistic and creative skills over a number of years along the personalised pathways we are able to provide as a creative, responsive arts organisation. The Research and Development of With Flying Colours is a way of investigating how Performance Training can be re-envisioned to achieve similarly positive outcomes for young people in local schools and their community.


Hyde Park Junior School

New dance company

Dance director, Jules Laville, worked with Hyde Park Junior School to support the development of their new dance company, Hyde Park Junior Dance. Through a combination of after school clubs, creative mentoring and additional rehearsals, the company created “Wonderland” which they performed in the Performance Training Spring Platform in 2015 and which went on to be selected for Dance Plymouth Dance. After less than a year working together, this brand new company performed at The Lyric, Theatre Royal.