Y&T Rep Company

Y&T Rep Company is a theatre company made up of 14-20 year olds from London. We use theatre and performance to think about the social and political climate in London for young people and make their experiences and voices more visible. We are activists, artists and community practitioners who believe theatre has the power to affect change in society and bring people together to experience love, empathy and hope.

Who can join Y&T Rep Company?

Y&T Rep Company is a fully inclusive company. Anyone aged 14-20 with an interest in creating theatre can join the company. It is our ethos that all young people, regardless of class, background or financial status, should be given the chance to experience the arts and influence the world and how it is understood.

If you are interested in the following areas that will definitely be a bonus but is not a necessity: socially-engaged theatre, facilitation, theatre in the community, theatre for, by and with young people, devised theatre and political theatre.

Y&T Rep Company team:

Director: Catherine Palmer

Young Associate: Jeremy Muguwe

Young Dramaturg: Hannah Akhalu

Support our work

If you like what we do and would like to find out how you can support us please email: catherine@youngandtalented.co.uk

Current Work 2018 – 2019

Noughts & Crosses Youth

Y&T Rep Company focuses on creating productions that respond to the social and political climate in London for young people.

This year, Y&T Rep Company is collaborating with award-winning touring company Pilot Theatre on their production of Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz.

Young people from Y&T Rep Company will watch Noughts & Crosses at Theatre Royal Stratford East, have access to the script, education pack and opportunity to work with staff at Pilot Theatre. Y&T Rep will then devise and script their own response piece of theatre using the themes and story of Noughts & Crosses.

The resulting piece of theatre will then be performed at multiple arts and community venues in London to young audiences and will also have an adjoining outreach programme. This will include Y&T Rep members facilitating accompanying workshops for community groups on the themes of the show and an introduction to devising theatre.

Our projects focus on research and devising (term 1), writing and rehearsal (term 2), performance and outreach (term 3).

Past Productions

Finding Home, Finding Hope (2018)

By Catherine Palmer and Jeremy Muguwe

Performed at Rich Mix, Limehouse Townhall and Canary Wharf Roof Garden

Outreach project with Stitches in Time

Finding Home, Finding Hope explored gentrification and council estate demolition in east London. This show considereded what home, hope and belonging means and the way gentrification is erasing our communities and increasing social and economic inequality.

‘That in the 6th richest country in the world, working class, poor, migrant and minority bodies were forced to burn in the atrocity of Grenfell Tower before those in power would see and recognise them. When is Britain going to stand up and talk about the intersection of race, of poverty and of housing?’

‘For my community on the Brownwood estate, my beautiful, diverse community, and I ask you to see me, I am not invisible, I am not a statistic, I am not just an additional home, I do not need rebuilding, I do not need a desirable new neighbourhood’

‘You can rip down the structures, you can take away the buildings, but you’ll never take away our love and our empathy, and most importantly, our ability to hope for something better. To find home, the first thing you need to find is hope’

Dungeness (2018)

By Chris Thompson

Performed at Soho Theatre

In a remote part of the UK, where nothing ever happens, a group of teenagers share a safe house for LGBT+ young people. The group must decide how they want to commemorate an attack that happened to people like them in a country far away. How do you take to the streets and protest if you’re not ready to tell the world who you are? If you’re invisible, does your voice still count? A play about love, commemoration and protest.

‘For all those living in fear, far from us, or on our doorstep, we show you our solidarity; for all those fighting for the right to love, to be themselves in all corners of the world, for all those who fought before us. For everyone who has fought in the name of love.’

Our LDN (2017)

By Catherine Palmer & Tyler J. Mitchell 

Performed at Rich Mix

OUR LDN is a devised show that maps the changing landscape of London and how this affects young people. The play considers the topics of sexuality, feminism, masculinity, terrorism and the rise of acid attacks. Through a fractured and underfunded education system, where MISS is always on the edge or barely makes it to the lesson, a group of friends negotiate their identities through a range of conflicting experiences. The arrival of a new girl upsets the dynamic of the group revealing light and darkness in all the characters.  This show captures the energy, bravery, strength and diversity of young people in London providing a platform for their voices that are absent in the city.

‘This is where WE belong. This city belongs to us. This is our open and diverse city. It is colourful, it is beautiful, it is forever. We will keep standing here together as Londoners and as young people’

‘I love the spirit of the people in this city, they are brave and honest. They don’t hide or shy away from what is difficult, they stand against what they think is wrong and stand up for what they believe in’