This week we have welcomed 130 young people into the theatre, they are our new Young Company, #RXTHEATREYC will be resident with us until August 2016. 

Aged 14 -21 they will develop their skills as a company of associates, communicators, directors, facilitators, performers, producers, technicians and writers.

We welcome to the Young Company:

  • 53 Performers
  • 35 Associates
  • 14 Writers
  • 12 Communicators
  • 8 Technicians
  • And 6 Creatives

Over the year we will keep them busy, help them to harness their passion, hone their skills and follow their hearts.

They will take part in:

  • 99 skills sessions
  • 8 Company Nights
  • 7 Master-classes
  • 4 Open Space weekends
  • 3 whole company meetings
  • 3 performance projects and will perform in 2 spaces

All of this makes one almighty Young Company!


MATT HASSALL (Young Person's Programme Leader) Introduces the Panel Discussion.

Friday gave them the opportunity to meet each other, learn more about the year ahead and to take part in a panel discussion about ‘Starting Points’. Matt Hassall, our Young People’s Project Leader was joined on stage by exchange Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom, Matthew Xia (Associate Artistic Director), Maxine Peake (Associate Artist), Benji Reid (Associate Artist), Amanda Dalton (Writer of NOTHING the spring 2016 #RXTheatreYC Studio show), Josh Coates (Open Exchange Supported Artist) and Amy Clewes (Producer) to answer questions from Young Company members and offer advice at the start of this new year.

With questions ranging from ‘What’s the most memorable opening of a show?’ to ‘What do you do with the seed of an idea?’ The panellists were happy to share their experiences and thoughts with the 130 strong audience, advice ranged from be brave and unafraid to ask to get good stationary and try and visualise the show. Click on the links for some snippets of the conversation or listen the whole conversation here.

MAXINE PEAKE (Associate Artist) says: 'be brave'.

Running alongside the Young Company is #RXTheatreYC Associates which we will launch today – a new initiative to offer training and skill development opportunities to even more young people as part of our expanding programme. Later in the month we will be recruiting for the Young Creatives – a new project for aspiring directors, facilitators and producers.

SARAH FRANKCOM (Artistic Director) says: 'just ask'.

We are really pleased to announce that the Young Company continues to be supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. Support like this helps us to expand our offer and reach out to even more young people across Greater Manchester.

“At the very core of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation is the belief that to ensure diversity in the theatre industry it is vital for young talent, regardless of background, to be nurtured and encouraged. The range of opportunities and experience offered by the Manchester Royal Exchange Young Company, as well as the demonstrable progression of the participants, is outstanding and we are delighted to pledge funding for a further three years. We hope our support will encourage others to step up and fund this creative training at the world class organisation.” Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

For more information on the Young Company click here, or contact Matt Hassall on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.