Curve Young Company

Curve Young Company

CYC enables young people between the ages of 7 – 19 years to take part in high quality performance and production activity. It provides participants with the opportunity to develop their skills as both creators and performers, get close to the professional productions being made at Curve, and have the opportunity to perform to audiences on one of our stages.

Through being part of Curve Young Company young people will:

  • Perform and gain confidence in one or more art forms.
  • Be sensitive and skilled creative collaborators.
  • Work as part of a group, developing technique, communication and leadership.
  • Perform at Curve and in regional and national events.
  • Collaborate with professional companies, casts and creative teams.
  • Understand the industry and what opportunities there are to continue training in the arts.
  • Develop a sustained relationship with Curve as a participant, performer and
    audience member.

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.





CYC term dates run alongside school terms as below:
Autumn Term: 10 Sep 2018 – 16 Dec 2018
Spring Term: 7 Jan 2019 – 14 Apr 2019
Summer Term: 29 Apr 2019 – 14 Jul 2019

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)

If you have any questions please email our Learning and Participation team on [email protected]

NB: Please be aware you will only have 30 minutes to complete this form. We therefore advise applicants to prepare their answer to the “Why Do You Want To Join CYC” question in advance (in Word, Notepad or equivalent), and then copy and paste into the form to ensure your application is received.  If you receive an error message stating your transaction could not be completed, this means the form has timed out -please clear your browser cache and re-submit.

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.


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.


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!


“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

Join our 16-26 Membership


Claim your free 16-26 Membership today and gain access to fantastic theatre for less. Benefits include:

  • Exclusive 16-26 discounted tickets (two per production)
  • Priority booking
  • 20% discount at Curve’s Stage Door bar and Green Room Café
  • City discounts

*must provide valid proof of ID in the form of driving licence, passport, Validate UK card or birth certificate.