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Some feedback on  Monkey Business:

John and I were yet again totally agog 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

Just a line to say how much we all enjoyed last night's performance. P. really looks forward to your workshops and so enjoys being part of the whole process. You really are an inspiration to all the kids and it's clear how much they all gain from the experience of putting on a production. Many thanks, Kate

We really enjoyed the show on Saturday, and can see how much hard work goes into it.  Really fantastic.
T. absolutely loves doing CYT. Best wishes, Viv


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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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


We encourage and promote volunteering, amongst young people and others.

We are always looking for volunteers with skills to offer in such areas as fundrasing, marketing, photography, costume, hair, make-up, assisting in sessions, pastoral care etc.

If you might be interested in getting involved, please contact us.
Playback Youth