Our inclusive Young Company is the most experienced and as such has the opportunity to perform new writing as part of the National Theatre Connections Festival, a project that commissions well known playwrights to write short plays for Young People. This involves staging a production of one play selected from ten scripts at our local theatre, the Bonington Theatre and at a regional partner theatre. For the 2021 festival Young Company performed 'Wind/Rush Generation(s)' by Mojisola Adeyabo at Nottingham Playhouse and for the 2022 festival the company performed ‘Cable Street’ by Lisa Goldman at Derby Theatre.
Our annual visit to the well-known Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August each year is a huge opportunity for members of the Young Company. They perform a 50 minute children’s show on 9 consecutive days in a fringe theatre venue near the Royal Mile and have opportunities to choose from over 3000 plays, musicals, music, comedy, children's shows to watch including some more obscure genres of performance. They have to work hard to sell the show, speaking to people, handing out flyers and performing on the streets.
Since 2009, the Young Company has performed each year in many different venues in Edinburgh and has received great reviews, awards and ‘sell-out’ shows. In 2021, Aladdin gained a 4* review and in 2022, Beauty and the Beast attracted large audiences. At Christmas, the shows are performed again at the Bonington Theatre for local audiences and have proved to be very popular.
Young Company will perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from Friday 4th – 13th August in 2023.