• What is the Young Company?
  • The Young Company is the Royal Exchange Theatre’s award-winning resident company for participants aged 14 -21. Offering exclusive access to workshops, masterclasses, production opportunities and free tickets to all our main house shows.

    Between September 2022 and August 2023, we will work with hundreds of young people who want to train with us. Either through the weekly Makers, Writers and Performers groups, or through our Young Collective workshops. We offer in-depth training and practical opportunities supporting company members to develop, create and grow at the heart of a producing theatre.

  • How do I become a member?
  • To join our Performers, Writers or Makers groups, you will need to come along to an informal workshop at the theatre. You must first complete an application form for your preferred group and select a workshop date of your choice. The Young Company recruitment workshops will take place either in the morning or evening, and we will notify applicants a week before with an allocated time slot. Auditions for the Young Company 2022-23 will be taking place in-person, in the building, in July and August 2022. Please visit the Young Company page for more information.

    To hear about it first, get signed onto our mailing list: https://tickets.royalexchange.co.uk/mailing-list/

    We also have our Young Collective membership scheme available for young people to sign up to on the website. Once you become a member, you can sign up to Collective workshops throughout the year. Stay tuned - we'll have more workshops and projects lined up in the summer!

  • How do we select for Makers, Performers and Writers?
  • Unfortunately, we cannot offer a place to everyone who applies to the Young Company Makers, Performers or Writers. To ensure this process is fair and consistent, we have a clear selection process in place:

    - We look at how you participate in the recruitment workshop alongside the information you put on your application form.

    - The focus of the work with the Young Company is on working as an ensemble, so we will be keen to see how you respond to this in your application and in the workshop.

    - Due to our funding requirements, we prioritise entry for young people from Greater Manchester districts – Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. This means the majority of places are offered to people who live in these districts.

    - Manchester is a vibrant and diverse city and we proactively aim to ensure the Young Company reflects this makeup in our selections.

    - The Young Company is open to everyone; whether you’re new to theatre, already have lots of experience or you’re somewhere in between. We aim to make the groups as balanced as possible, working with young people with different levels of experience.

  • Can I join more than one group?
  • You have to choose! You can’t be in more than one group, unfortunately, due to the commitment required for each group. You can reapply the following year to join a different group if you are still within the right age bracket.

  • When do you recruit?
  • Auditions for the Young Company 2022/23 will be taking place in July and August 2022. Please fill out, complete and submit an application form for the group of your choice and select a date for your recruitment workshop accordingly:

    Performers click here

    Makers click here

    Writers click here

    Please sign up to our mailing list to hear about it first.

  • Can I reapply for Makers, Performers or Writers?
  • Absolutely! We keep about 25% of our current cohort each year, which means we are looking for 75% new people. Some people get into the Young Company on their second or even third attempt. In the meantime, why not join our Young Collective to take part in workshops at the Exchange throughout the year? We will aim to have some Young Collective projects lined up in the summer.

  • What do Young Company members have access to?
  • • Weekly skills sessions
    • Opportunities to make, watch and learn more about theatre
    • Free tickets to Royal Exchange main house productions
    • Access to our Facebook group which provides opportunities in the arts, information about events, tickets and work in Manchester
    • Production opportunities including an end of year performance and a show made in collaboration with our Elders Company
    • Mentoring from theatre staff and exclusive backstage access

  • What are the age brackets for each group?
  • Performers 1: 14-17 year olds
    Performers 2: 18-21 year olds
    Makers: 16-21 year olds
    Writers: 16-21 year olds
    Young Collective: 14-21 year olds
    You must be within that age bracket on 1 September 2022 to join any of the groups.

  • When do the groups meet?
  • Performers 1: Tuesdays 5.00pm – 7.00pm
    Performers 2: Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9.30pm
    Makers: Tuesday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
    Writers: Tuesday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

    Young Collective: various dates and times. Young Collective workshops are generally fortnightly on a Wednesday from 6.00pm – 8.00pm. Our current block of workshops have now terminated, but there may be more Collective projects in the summer.
    The groups meet in term time and have time off for Christmas and Easter.

  • Are the times flexible?
  • The times for the Performers, Makers and Writers groups are set. Please think about whether or not you can commit to joining the Young Company before signing up. We understand that people are busy, however you need to attend the majority of sessions in the year.

    If you aren’t sure whether or not you can commit, think about signing up to the Young Collective which offers more flexibility by enabling you to come along to whichever workshop takes your fancy.

  • I have my exams in the summer, will I be able to take time off?
  • We understand that exams are important, and we appreciate that they come first, however, we really need our Young Company members to commit to attending all of their workshops. Due to the popularity of the programmes and the high numbers of applicants, we need to ensure that we are supporting members who can commit and attend all workshops. We understand that of course, things come up, however if you do not attend three or more sessions in a term, we may have to review your place in the Company.

  • What does it cost?
  • A membership for the Young Company Performers, Makers and Writers groups costs £200 for the year.

    Young Collective memberships cost £20 for the year. 

    Our Arts Pot scheme offers financial support for anyone who needs it. Arts Pot can be used to help cover project and workshop fees, and the cost of travel to and from the Theatre. We fundraise for the Arts Pot every year and it is there for anyone who needs it! Asking for Arts Pot support will not affect your application. You can request the Arts Pot once we have offered you a place in the Young Company.

    Please note we only provide Arts Pot travel to young people living in the Greater Manchester area.

  • Will there be a chance to perform?
  • The Performers group will all get a chance to perform at the end of the year. The Makers and Writers groups will work on the summer production as well.

  • Is the Young Company fully accessible?
  • Yes. Please let us know of any access requirements or additional needs you may have in your application or upon booking a workshop either by calling the box office on 0161 615 6693 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Can I apply for Arts Pot?
  • If you are offered a place in the Young Company, you will become eligble to apply for Arts Pot. You can also apply for Arts Pot financial support within the Young Collective programme by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • I’ve decided that I no longer want to take part, can I get a refund?
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to offer refunds as a general policy. For Young Collective workshops, in some cases, we may be able to offer credit to be used for another workshop. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.