On 6 November Barbican Theatre and Le Navet Bete headed to the Plymouth Marjon University campus Read more →
Our ambition has been to raise the standard of dance and theatre performance being produced by, with and for young people. We seek to challenge what traditional notions of theatre and dance are and liberate the imagination of young people to create fresh and exciting work that comes from new and unusual voices – voices that are often unheard.
We challenge our young people to work hard at their craft and develop creative and social skills which enhance their learning, resilience and determination to succeed in whatever career path they choose.
This is practiced in the belief that such involvement cultivates, inspires and enthuses individuals and communities to explore and express needs, voice opinions, celebrate together and agitate to provoke social and cultural change.
We specialise in working in non-arts environments. We take our work out, delivering it to people within their own communities in unusual spaces as well as within more traditional arts spaces, including our own building.
In particular we are well recognised for our work with black and minority ethnic groups and individuals, bringing forward new art works that reflect important issues around identity, race and cultural integration.
The Barbican Theatre Company was set up in September 1980 as a professional outreach Theatre-in-Education organisation (called Rent-a-Role Drama Service) touring new work to schools in Plymouth, Cornwall and Devon.