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John and I were yet again totally amazed at the quality of the show. Breathtaking. The singing was very tuneful , the dance moves were slick and funny, everyone looked brilliant and confidence seemed to be high all around. Once again I feel indebted to the team for giving my daughter such lasting memories and important life skills!  Fr.xx

Loved Monkey Business. Came to the 4pm show. Congratulations on a wonderful performance from all involved. Having missed this one, my daughter can't wait to join you for the next one. Best regards, Sarah

We have a few guiding principles:-

All young people should have the chance to engage in high-quality arts activities

We do not hold auditions

All cast members get a singing and speaking part in our productions

We strive to keep the cost of participation in our projects to a minimum

You do not need previous experience to take part. A positive attitude is required

Original work and generating new ideas is at the heart of what we do

Drama, music, dance and design are all integral parts of the theatre experience

We put on at least one public performance per year


Playback Youth Theatre was founded in 1989 by Tessa Holt and Jill Norman, two drama graduates with the vision of an affordable, accessible group running workshops to create dynamic youth theatre for young people, by young people. It ran for the first few years in Gloucestershire and then Bristol, finally moving its base of operations to Exeter in 1997. Playback Exeter's first production was an adaptation of David Ashton's The Golden Door, staged as part of the BT National Connections scheme.

Since then, Playback has staged over 30 productions in Exeter, primarily at the Exeter Phoenix but also at St. Luke's College, the Barnfield Theatre and in local schools. We work on stage, on film and on CD. Our work is always original, be it new plays or adaptations.

For more information on our shows, and to order DVDs, please click on the 'productions' tab on the left of the screen.

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Playback Youth