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 applications are currently closed. Each year we ask that all apply to be a part of the 2019-2020 terms, including all current CYC Members as well as new starters.

We do this as we believe that Curve Young Company should be open to all to join. The application process will open in July, and if you are interested in joining we encourage you to apply then.

As we ask all current participants to reapply, we do not hold a waiting list for applicants. However if you would like to be put on a mailing list so that we can remind you when the application window opens, please contact [email protected] with your name and the groups(s) you are interested in joining.


CYC Musicals

For participants aged 12-26

Sunday daytimes

Our Young Musical Theatre company is led by former Producer, Performer and Agent Stuart Piper.

Participants will develop their skills and understanding of all aspects of musical theatre from the historical to the current, realising storytelling through lyrics, text and dance.

Young Musical Theatre participants will be working towards a fully staged musical production in Curve’s  Studio theatre in Spring 2019.

To find out more about our Curve Young Musicals leader  Stuart Piper click here.


For participants aged 12-26

Monday evenings 6pm – 9pm (aged 16+)

Tuesday evenings 6pm – 9pm (12 to 16 year olds)

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

This strand 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.

In the 18/19 CYC year, groups will be working on:

MACBETH by William Shakespeare (16 plus group)


ZIGGER ZAGGER by Peter Terson (12 to 16 year olds)

To find out more about our Curve Young Company leader Andy Reeves click here.  To find out more our acting leader Mandeep Glover click here.

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.

To find out more about our CYC Dance leader Sophie Hocking click here.

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 and festivals around the city.

To find out more about our CYC Dance leader Mel Knott click here. 


“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.