maelstrom youth


The premise is simple.  Through Maelstrom Youth we support the future generation of arts makers and leaders.

Delivered in partnership with UCLan University, each year via audition, we invite a number of young people into the company to create high quality performance work. Whether for stage or street, work is developed in collaboration between Maelstrom Theatre and the young people.  Maelstrom Youth is for young people aged 16-21 living in the North West of England (or up to 25 for young people with a disability).

The nitty gritty

Working in partnership with UCLan Dance, members of Maelstrom Youth will meet once a month in Preston at the Media Factory (when the space is unavailable it may be that we utilise the Ludus Dance studio, Lancaster).

Generally starting at 10/11am and finishing at 4/5pm, company members will take part in a rigorous technical class (usually contemporary dance) followed by a creative lab or structured improvisation session (specialist sessions may include: Suzuki, Viewpoints, Character Work, Physical Theatre or some other performance artform).

The afternoon will be dedicated to the development (rehearsal & polishing) of performance work.

There will be two scheduled devising weekends, one in October and another in January/February.  This is where we will make work.

In consultation with company members, Maelstrom Theatre will apply to youth platforms, events and festivals e.g. U Dance NW (March 2018).  We also have an ambition to take work up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (August 2018), although this has not yet been confirmed.

Entrance into the company is by audition and company members will pay £200 for the year.  This fee covers artist pay (monthly workshops and devising sessions) as well as fees for one platform event.  Where possible we try to make our work as accessible as possible.  If you are thinking about applying, but worried about the fees, please speak to one of the team as we can support applications to local bursaries.

For more information please email

Maelstrom Youth is delivered in partnership with UCLan University, Dance Dept.