BE Next is BE FESTIVAL’s Youth Theatre Company. It offers young people in Birmingham aged 13 – 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 2021 we are bringing the BE NEXT experience online with digital workshops! The next workshops will take place on 15 – 19 February 2021 and will explore different artforms including poetry, visual arts and movement. All participants will receive a FREE goodie bag/resource kit with materials to support them in the sessions.

Through a week of virtual masterclasses, led by a variety of local and international artists, we will journey across art forms and borders. Each session will be led by a different artist exploring everything from Improvisation to Photography, Poetry to Movement. No experience necessary to participate, just and open mind and a willingness to try new things. From Birmingham and beyond, these artists will be exploring how we can express who we are and what we stand for, through our creativity.


If you have any questions about the programme, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Eleanor at eleanor@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:

Eleanor Rattenbury – Learning and Participation Producer (Maternity Cover)


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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