Barbican Theatre

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Barbican Theatre - creating and taking art, culture and entertainment out to Plymouth's communities

Barbican Theatre is committed to building Plymouth’s cultural voice. We have been working for 40 years with 12-25 year olds to inspire the next generation of artists and entrepreneurs to find their creative voices, which are often unheard. 

During lockdown, and despite five of our team being furloughed, we’ve worked hard to continue to support our freelance practitioner community and all the young adults who participate in our classes. We had over 33,000 engagements with our online materials and classes and have / will be delivering 4 projects across the city this summer, including taking performances of Singing In The Rain out to care home gardens and The B-Bar’s popular Café Acoustica to Teats Hill Amphitheatre where we have live music with dance, singing and spoken word on the last Friday of the month. 

As we’re sure you’re aware social distancing guidance for venues (and the risk of second lockdowns) makes programming the theatre really hard. We only have 140 seats, and to accommodate social distancing we have to reduce our capacity to around 30 people a night. That’s not financially viable, and not a satisfying experience for audiences or performers. As a result we’ve made the hard decision that we won’t be programming performances in our venue until at least April 2021. 

Whilst we don’t feel able to run shows in our building - we’re coming to the communities and people of Plymouth instead. We’re creating free or ‘pay-what-you-can’ Playground events across the city in hairdressers, fish chips shops, skate parks and amphitheatres - all designed for different levels of social distancing - and bringing different creatives across the city together. 

We believe in our work - we know the difference it makes to the young people we support who come from a diverse, low income community that deserves to find its own cultural voice. So we WILL be returning at the end of September to run our talent development classes (ages 12 – 25)  and a much wider range of masterclasses and workshops (from VJ-ing, to projection mapping, to composing for choreography). The classes will be smaller groups, but still at a maximum of £60 a year.

We’re excited. But we need the city's help. Can you help?

Can you donate towards us helping a young person find their creative voice and have a safe space to grow and develop?

Can you help us by completing this survey, so we know how and when you would like to come back to our building?

Can you help us find exciting places for us to host ReBel Playgrounds?


Do you want to take part in any of the things we’re offering?

Then click the button and get in touch- we want to hear from you.

We’ll publish more about our plans, projects and events on our website  and on our social media channels.

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