BE Next is BE FESTIVAL’s Youth Theatre Company. It offers young people in Birmingham aged 14 – 19 the opportunity to develop their performance skills, work with international artists and perform on stages across Birmingham as part of a unique and exciting company.

Due to current school and theatre closures, in 2020 we are bringing the BE NEXT experience online with digital workshops! The next workshops will take place on 26 – 30 October 2020 and be led by Amerah Saleh (UK) and Thomas Steyaert (Belgium).

The workshops will explore Poetry and Movement: Amerah and Thomas will take you through a journey of exploring writing, bringing it to life through sound, movement and materials in your own home. No experience necessary to participate, just an open mind and a willingness to learn.


Dates & times

Monday 26th October 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Tuesday 27th October 5 – 8 pm
Wednesday 28th October 2 – 5 pm
Thursday 29th October 12 – 3 pm
Friday 30th October 12 – 3 pm

If you have any questions about the programme, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Fin at

Check out the video below for a taste of our May 2020 poetry workshops.

BE Next is BE FESTIVAL’s Youth Theatre company. We offer intensive workshop projects for young people in Birmingham aged 14 – 19. BE Next is Birmingham’s only Youth Theatre which takes from European practices and teaches a wide variety of performance techniques such as movement, clowning and non-narrative theatre making. BE Next is an exciting and unique opportunity for young people to develop and diversify their performance skills, work with international artists and perform on stage across Birmingham. BE Next work with BE FESTIVAL artists to create a new piece of theatre every year which is performed as part of the festival.

Reasons to join the BE NEXT family

  1. Try something new, a different and unique approach to Youth Theatre
  2. Meet and collaborate with new people from different walks of life
  3. Learn new skills: each project will offer the chance to learn 3 – 4 different performance skills
  4. Workshops are free and we cover travel costs to and from venues
  5. Gain a recognised qualification through Arts Award
  6. Work with professional, international artists
  7. Free theatre trips and further arts opportunities through the BE Next network


‘I really enjoyed it, it has been really exciting to be part of’

‘Doing BE Next was an amazing experience which gave me a lot of confidence about speaking my home language’

‘The BE Next performance was very professionally delivered…I thought they were a very confident and articulate group.’

BE Next Producer:

Fin Townsend – Learning and Participation Producer

All photos taken by Alex Brenner

With the support of:

Amal (a Saïd Foundation programme)

Over the last two years, BE Next has been supported by Amal, a Said Foundation project. Amal and BE FESTIVAL believe that engagement in arts and cultural activity broadens horizons and forges common ground within and between communities. We are proud of our partnership and we hope to touch the lives of many, creating greater understanding and bringing people together in creative, innovative and exciting ways.

Baron Davenport’s Charity (founded 1930)

BE Next has recently been supported and partnered by:

Arts Council England
mac Birmingham
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Sir Barry Jackson
The Norton Foundation
Baron Davenport’s Charity

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