BE Next is BE FESTIVAL’s Youth Theatre Company. It offers young people in Birmingham aged 14 – 18 the opportunity to develop their performance skills, work with international artists and perform as part of a unique and exciting company.

On October 25 – 27, join us for three days of FREE exciting performance masterclasses where we will explore a variety of performance skills and techniques with different artists every day. No previous performance experience necessary, travel to and from the venue reimbursed.

Workshops will take place at the Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, every day between 10 AM – 4 PM.

First come first served basis so sign up ASAP to secure your spot!


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

BE Next is BE FESTIVAL’s Youth Theatre company. We offer intensive workshop projects for young people in Birmingham aged 13 – 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:

The Norton Foundation

Postcode Local Trust is a grant-giving charity funded
entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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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