The Coliseum provides training and development programmes and opportunities for young people aged 13-30, critically to those who would not ordinarily consider accessing the theatre, with opportunities to take part in collaborative theatre making projects and access routes to further develop. 

Young Rep

A space to be creative, confident and collaborate.

Our Young Rep Company is for 16–25 year olds. This is an annual programme focusing on acting, writing, devising, directing and design, led by professional theatre makers. Our Young Rep classes run weekly throughout the year, on Tuesday's 6pm-8pm. 

Our Autumn term focuses on training; our Spring term focuses on creating and touring work to unconventional theatre spaces including Oldham and Tameside libraries; our Summer term focuses on devising a show to be performed in our Studio theatre in July.

Our Young Rep company will be made up of 12 young people. Auditions will take place each year. For further information please contact our Learning and Engagement department:

Young Rep is £30 per term or £90 for the year.

Pathways: Teaching Theatre (NEET YP)

The course runs on Thursdays between 9:30am - 1:30pm
from 22 September - 24 November 2022

Teaching Theatre is the Coliseum's UK Theatre Award nominated flagship training programme for young people not in education, employment or training.

This free course allows you to work with theatre professionals to learn new skills, develop your confidence and put what you have learnt into practice designing and delivering a creative project.

To take part you must be: Aged between 16-30, not in employment, education or training, and based in Greater Manchester

For more information or to join contact or call 0161 785 7000.

The Network (Recommended age 18 - 30 years)

A personal and professional skills development network for young people to share and develop their creative ideas and gain industry knowledge. 

Two representatives are selected to sit on the Coliseum's board, working in consultation with 'Theatre Makers', 'Teaching Theatre', 'Platform' and 'Network' participants (representative of different ages and backgrounds) to give voice to young people. 

Sign up for project updates by contacting and a member of the Learning and Engagement department will get back to you. Tell us your name, interests and which project you’d like to join. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 0161 785 7008.

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