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Mudlarks: Young Devisers

5 people engaging in contemporary dance with circle mat on the ground, 2 people at the front, 3 at the back

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Collaborate with other young people through physical training for theatre in Complicité’s spirit of playfulness, curiosity, and risk-taking.

Mudlarks: Young Devisers is a one-week, free training programme for young people with a genuine interest in exploring devised theatre (original theatre made as part of a group). It aims to create a community of future theatre makers with a core understanding of working with - and from - the body, supporting and responding to the creativity of each individual.

This intensive pilot will help to inform the planning of a future, longer, part-time training programme with Complicité. Company members will also be eligible to apply for this longer programme.

Applications are now closed. 

No formal training is required, and we encourage you to apply if you have little or no training qualifications.

The application will ask for evidence of an interest in devised or physical theatre training and a willingness to collaborate.


For this pilot intensive of Mudlarks: Young Devisers, Complicite are offering a bursary of £70.71day for all participants to help support participation during working hours. An additional £6/day of travel expenses will be reimbursable.



One-Week Pilot

  • When: Monday 20 March - Friday 24 March 2023 10am – 5pm (with one evening theatre visit on Thursday 23 March) 
  • Where: Barbican

*Note that attending one of the Q&A or taster sessions is encouraged but not essential to apply.


  • This programme takes place in-person only. Every effort will be made to support you to be able to attend wherever possible. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions about this.
  • The programme takes place in step-free spaces with accessible toilets on the same floor.
  • We do not have fragrance-free areas, though do encourage people to be mindful of how strong fragrances can affect others.
  • Some floors in the Barbican have non-gendered toilets (‘toilets with cubicles only’ and ‘toilets with cubicles and urinals’ – found on Level 1 and Level minus 2) and others do not (e.g., on Level G, minus 1, 3, and 4). All floors, from level G to level 4, have accessible toilets.
  • The work of this programme is ensemble (group) based and rigorous. We will provide regular breaks for all participants, but the group nature of the training means that participants will be expected to engage fully outside of break times.
  • Please email [email protected] with any questions about access requirements.  


Participants should stay home if they feel unwell or test positive for Covid-19. Face masks, hand sanitiser, and sanitising surface wipes will be available. Spaces will be ventilated. Further measures may be adopted if increased social distancing measures are required

About Complicité

About Complicité

Complicité is an international touring theatre company founded in 1983 and based in London, led by Artistic Director and co-founder Simon McBurney. Over four decades, the Company have played in more than 40 countries and won more than 50 awards. Complicité began life as a collective and this spirit of group enquiry, of collaborative curiosity, has driven the work throughout its history. The Company is famous for making its work through extensive periods of research and development which brings together performers, designers, writers, artists and specialists from diverse fields to create the works – a process now known simply as ‘devising’. 

The Company believes firmly that experiencing extraordinary culture can transform people, inspiring creativity, delight, imagination and political action. For this reason, the Company strives to create art of exceptional quality, ambition and innovation, driven by brilliant ideas. Complicité takes its responsibility as one of the UK’s most celebrated theatre companies seriously and is motivated not solely to create our own signature productions, but also to share what we’ve learnt and created with other artists.

Learning and engagement are central to its work and its award-winning Creative Engagement programme includes professional development, work in schools and colleges, and participatory projects for a range of groups.


About the Programme Leaders

Tanika Yearwood-Hines trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama on the Collaborative and Devised Theatre Course. She has been working with Complicité since 2017 after working on Tomorrow I’ll be Twenty. Tanika is an artistic associate at both Complicité and Shakespeare's Globe. As an actor Tanika has acted in shows at The Globe, Complicité, The Young Vic, Bristol Old Vic, and The West End. 

Catherine Alexander studied Drama at Manchester University and trained at L'Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She is Artistic Director of Quiconque (PUSH, Biscuits of Love, Hideaway and Big Bad Duvet Terror) and has worked with Complicité for over twenty-five years. Shows with Complicité include I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole, Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty, The Master and Margarita, A Disappearing Number, The Elephant Vanishes, The Chairs, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Out of a house walked a man…. Other directing includes Hexenhammer, Secretariat, The Gypsy Bible, Opera North, Touching Space Royal Academy of Art and The Boy from Centreville, Pleasance. Other work includes Wild Oats, Bristol Old Vic, Coram Boy, National Theatre and Adventures in Moominland and Super Troupers for the Southbank. Catherine won the Young Vic, Jerwood Prize in 2006 for work on Amédée and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award in 2011 for her devised production SOLD.

‘I feel energised and excited about my work as a creative again… I’ll be carrying what I’ve learned into future projects‘
‘I felt comfortable and free to explore without any sense of competition or issues on failure… The whole space and environment felt really welcoming and geared towards growth.‘

This project is supported in part by the Noël Coward Foundation and the Leche Trust.

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