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 and technical group every January.

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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 2023/24 

  • Weds 6 September 2023 – Weds 22 November 2023 (no session on 25 October due to half term)

  • Weds 10 Jan 2024 – Weds 27 March 2024 (no session 14 February due to half term)

  • Weds 17 April 2024 – Sat 13 July 2024 (no session 29 May due to half term)

Additionally, there will be 2 Saturday rehearsals in the Summer 2024 term, dates tbc. In the final production week (8-13 July 2024) participants will be required every evening for technical and dress rehearsals and public performances.

Next intake: September 2023

Young Company 16-25

Join our Pegasus Young Company 16-25 to embark on an exciting collaborative journey. For all the young theatre makers out there, this is an opportunity to devise a production with us and to perform a professional-quality play at Pegasus, working with local director Emma Webb. All levels of skill and experience are welcome. 

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

Term dates 2024

  • Spring: Jan 10 – March 27 
  • Summer: April 17 to July 3 
  • Autumn: September 4 to Nov 20 with performances on 29 and 30 November
  • There will be an additional 4-day rehearsal week in the autumn half term, and an additional Saturday rehearsal ahead of production week.

Next intake: January 2024

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 currently run weekly on Thursdays from 6:45 – 8:15pm. No previous experience necessary.

Term Dates 2024 

  • Spring: 11 January – 28 March (6:45pm – 8:15pm)
  • Summer: 18 April – 4 July (5:30pm – 7:00pm), including availability throughout production week in the evenings (8-13 July), plus an additional Saturday rehearsal on 15 June 2024
  • Autumn: 5 September – 21 November (6:45 – 8:15pm), including availability throughout production week in the evenings (25 Nov – 30 Dec), and an additional two days in October half term tbc

Next intake: January 2024


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