Curve Young Company

Curve Young Company

Our youth theatre programme enables young people to take part in high-quality performance activity in a range of different art forms. You will develop your skills as a creator and performer, get close to the professional productions being made at Curve, and have the opportunity to perform on our stages.

We are always looking for young performers, actors, dancers, writers, musicians, poets, MCs and creative-minded individuals who want to give their commitment to extending their skills as an artist. Get in touch with us if this is you!

There are opportunities for every level of experience, all we ask is that you are committed, open to try new things and have a desire to make your voice heard.


CYC Kids (7 – 12 years)
CYC Act (12+)
CYC Dance (12+)
CYC Musicals (12+)

Our CYC programme runs alongside school term times, with holiday projects and workshops also available at certain times.

Curve has sponsorship to offer a number of bursary places each year for young people with talent and from low-income families. These can be applied for when joining one of our companies.


Please note: The application process to join one of our many companies this year is now closed for further information please email [email protected]

CYC Kids will be accepting applications for the new term starting in January. Deadline Sun 17 Dec.

Please complete the application form below and resend to [email protected]

CYC term dates run alongside school terms as below:
Autumn Term: 11 Sep – 14 Dec
Spring Term: 8 Jan – 23 Mar 2018
Summer Term: 9 Apr – 13 Jul 2018

Curve Young Company dramatically helped me push myself and improve as a performer, as well as offering amazing opportunities. The quality of the company is incredible and provided me with the training I needed to take the next step in my career.”  –  Molly Cleere (now studying musical theatre at Italia Conti)

CYC Musicals

For participants aged 12-26

Sunday mornings 10.30am – 1.30pm

Our exciting young Musical Theatre company is led and directed by established West End performer and teacher, Sarah Ingram.

Participants will develop their skills and understanding of all aspects of musical theatre from the historical to current.

You will be expected to sing, act and dance your way through each Sunday morning, and learn to tell stories by developing and presenting characters through sung lyrics, spoken text, movement, staging and choreography.

The company are currently in rehearsal for Oklahoma! in our studio theatre as part of the Inside Out festival in October 2017.

New applicants will be invited to a series of workshops between Sep and Oct with a view to joining the company after Oct half term.


For participants aged 12-26

Monday OR Tuesday evenings 6pm – 9pm
(depending upon age and experience)

Our Act companies are led by a range of Curve artists who are both theatre directors and practising actors.

It is for young people who want to develop their skills by learning about the fundamental principles of acting to ensure their talent is able to grow. This will include developing character, voice technique, working from text, writing for performance, directing and devised theatre practices.

Curve will be selecting a company to take part in the National Theatre Connections Festival 2018 (12-19 years), alongside working with our 16 and 18+ age group on production projects to be presented in our performance spaces and in other areas around the city.


CYC Kids

For children aged 7-12

Saturday mornings 10.30am -12noon
7-9 years (School Years 3, 4 & 5)

A fun playful introduction to all aspects of performance. Participants will learn all different skills used in theatre making from acting, dancing, singing and devising.

Saturday afternoons 1pm – 2.30pm
9-12 years old (School years 5,6 &7)

An introduction for those a little more experienced in all aspects of performance looking to further develop acting, dancing, singing and devising skills in preparation for our 12+ groups.

CYC Kids will be accepting applications for the new term starting in January. Deadline Sun 17 Dec.

Please send your completed application form to [email protected]

Curve Young Dance Company

For participants aged 12-26

Thursday evenings 5pm – 6.45pm OR 7pm – 9.30pm (depending upon age and experience – Groups will be allocated after the experience workshop)

Curve Young Dance Company is for young performers who want to develop their contemporary dance technique, choreography and performance skills. It is led by Mel Knott, Curve’s Head of Learning and Associate Dance Artist, along with guest teachers and professional dancers. We welcome dancers with experience in any dance styles, or those with performing experience who want to extend their dance skills.

As part of the company you will create different projects throughout the year, devising your own pieces and performing on both traditional stages and in site-specific venues around the city.
This year CYC Dance will have the opportunity to perform at the Diwali festival in October and in Mass Movement in February 2018 plus many more!


Join our U26 Membership

U26 Membership costs just £15 per year and includes the following benefits:

  • Access to £5 tickets for selected productions
  • 15% discount on tickets (on up to 2 tickets per production)
  • Priority booking allowing first access to the best seats
  • No transaction fee when booking tickets
  • 20% off at Curve Bar & Curve Cafe
  • Invitations to exclusive behind the scenes members events
  • Behind the scenes news and special offers through our regular Members’ Newsletters
  • City Discounts (please see below for full details)

To join our fantastic new U26 Membership contact our Ticket Office on 0116 242 3595

“Curve is my favourite place – like a second home and I have so much fun. I have really developed as a performer and I know that I have learnt a lot about theatre and performing which will help me in life.”

— Isaac Hart, CYC Member


“Curve was the first place where I felt like a professional despite my young age. Through CYC team has nurtured my talents, and has really pushed me with challenges to exceed my “limits”. Curve is one of the main reasons why my confidence has grown dramatically since my first project at Curve.”

— Kirsty Mealing, CYC Member