The Almeida Young Company is year round ensemble which aims to create the theatre artists of the future. Each year we bring together young theatre makers to create vibrant work inspired by big ideas.
There are two Young Company groups: 14–18 years and 18–25 years. The groups meet weekly to explore acting, writing and devising techniques, as well as working with a wide variety of outside practitioners to explore bold ways of telling stories and create urgent and exciting theatre.
The Young Company (14–18) meet on Monday evenings from 7-9pm and the Young Company (18–25) meet on Tuesday evenings from 7-9:30pm.
Over the year-long programme, the Almeida Young Company aims to nurture individual voices within the company, and provide a platform for experimentation and innovation in performance.
Explore: Discover what it's like to be in the Young Company with our blog from members of the 2018/19 groups.
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The 2018/19 Almeida Young Companies worked with an exciting creative team to performt two World Premieres in July 2019.
The 14–18 company worked with director Roberta Zuric and writer Molly Taylor to perform The Wave. Find out more information about the production here.
The 18–25 company worked with director Joseph Hancock and writer Nina Segal to perform (This Isn't) A True Story. Find out more information about the production here.
The 14–18 company performed Luke Barnes’s original script Loki and Cassie: A Love Story, exploring themes of masculinity, teenage relationships and the darkest corners of modern society.
The 18–25 Young Company collaborated with writer Molly Taylor to create Cacophony which was inspired by the ideas in Jon Ronson’s book, 'So You Think You’ve Been Publicly Shamed'.
Both shows played to a sold out Almeida auditorium in July 2018.
Cacophony returned to the Yard Theatre in 2019 for a limited, sold out run. Find out more here.
Listen to a podcast about the journey of Cacophony here created by Florence Hatton.
In summer 2016 the Young Company devised a piece of work entitled From the Ground Up alongside Joeri Smet, a founding member of Belgian theatre collective Ontroerend Goed. Every element of this original immersive production was worked on in collaboration with the Young Company. It was a thrilling and provocative interactive show that united and divided the audience through a series of challenging questions, stories and dilemmas, both political and personal.
After a two-week London run at Shoreditch Town Hall, From The Ground Up continued on to a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017.