Young Companies

Pegasus Young Companies are at the heart of our activity and integral to the creative and artistic process at Pegasus. Each year the Young Companies work towards a full-scale production, performed at Pegasus Theatre. 

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The Young Companies are designed for young people who would like to pursue acting, enjoy devising work or enjoy the artistic process of putting on a professional performance. They are a way to gain access to performance opportunities and to develop acting skills and techniques in a fun, safe and inclusive environment.

We don’t hold auditions; we welcome anyone with the commitment, enthusiasm and passion to be part of a Pegasus Young Company.

We also run the Technical Young Company, for budding stage technicians and designers aged 14-18.

If the fees are a stretch too far you can pay in installments before the start of each year. 

There are a limited number of free supported places available. Please email for more details on these.

There are three groups: the Young Company 11-15Young Company 16-25 and the Technical Young Company 14-18. Intake for the 11-15 group is every September, the 16-25 group is every January and the Technical group is in April.

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Pegasus Young Companies are sponsored by

Young Company 11-15

Young Company 11-15 is led by John McCraw, our Creative Learning Director at Pegasus.

Join Pegasus Young Company 11-15 to learn new skills and perfect old ones, with a focus toward performing an exhilarating piece of contemporary theatre. Bring your creativity, energy and an open mind, as we take you on an exciting journey from the rehearsal room to centre stage. All levels of skill and experience are welcome.

Sessions run Wednesdays 4:30pm – 6pm.

Term Dates 2022/23 

  • Weds 7 September 2022 – Weds 23 November 2022 (no session on 26 October due to half term)

  • Weds 11 Jan 2023 – Weds 29 March 2023 (no session 15 February due to half term)

  • Weds 26 April 2023 – Sat 8 July 2023 (no session 31 May due to half term)

Additionally, there will be 2 Saturday rehearsals in the Summer 2023 term, dates tbc. In the final production week (3-8 July 2023) participants will be required every evening for technical and dress rehearsals and public performances.
Next intake: September 2022

In collaboration with

Young Company 16-25

Join our Pegasus Young Company 16-25 to embark on an exciting collaborative journey with renowned international touring theatre company Complicité. Working with local director Emma Webb and Complicitè, you will create a performance for December 2022. All levels of skill and experience are welcome.

Sessions run Wednesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Term dates 2022

  • Spring: Jan 12th – March 30th 
  • Summer: April 27th to July 6th 
  • Autumn: 14th September to Dec 3rd (production week 28th Nov to Dec 3rd).
  • There will be an additional rehearsal week in the autumn half term, 24th-28th October 10am-4pm

Next intake: January 2023

Technical Young Company 14-18

Pegasus Technical Young Company is a programme for budding stage technicians and designers aged 14-18.

The skills you’ll develop during your time with us will introduce you to a variety of professional roles within the backstage industry. This experience offers a combination of studying technical and design skills with an integrated stage and production management focus, developing your ability to work as part of the team behind the curtain.

You will be introduced to key technical elements of theatre production, while also providing wider theatrical context. We explore the following key disciplines:

  •     Lighting Design, Equipment and Operation
  •     Sound Design, recording and operation
  •     Set, Props and Costume Design
  •     Stage Management

As you move on, you’ll focus more on the design process, while also working on live project briefs. By using and developing your skills learnt in Term 1, you will work as designers, stage managers and technicians on the PYC 11-15 and 16-25 productions to bring the magic of theatre to life.

Sessions will run weekly on Thursdays from 5:30 – 7:00pm in Summer and 6:45 – 8:15pm in Autumn. No previous experience necessary.

Term Dates 2022 

  • Summer: Thursday 28 April – Saturday 9 July, including one Saturday in June (date tbc). Availability throughout production week in the evenings (4 July – 9 July)
  • Autumn: Thursday 8 September – Saturday 3 December, including 2 days in half term (w/c 24 Oct) and availability throughout production week in the evenings (w/c 28 November) 

Next intake: January 2023

“We are delighted and excited to be back at Pegasus to work with a new generation of theatre makers in the very place where our first production had its home.

Every Complicité show is a journey: a process of experimentation led by curiosity. We’re excited to be embarking on this latest journey with the new generation of theatre makers emerging at Pegasus.

We hope we can support their development as curious, hungry and skilled devised theatre makers and look forward to seeing where they take us.”

Natalie Raaum, Complicité Creative Learning Producer 


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