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Contact Young Company (CYC) is Contact’s renowned, Manchester Theatre Award-winning young ensemble. CYC is made up of young performers, actors, dancers, musicians, stand-up comedians, poets and MCs.

Each year, Contact Young Company works with major national and international artists to create brand-new theatre shows. These shows are premiered here at Contact and have often toured to venues and festivals across the country.

Previously, CYC have worked with Forced Entertainment, Hetain Patel, Stacy Makishi and Slung Low.

In the news

    ‘Contact Young Company continues to set a precedent for what can be done when young performers are treated as professionals.’

    The Stage

      ‘CYC has opened up so many incredible opportunities that I wouldn’t have ever dreamed about a year ago.’

      Terri, CYC member

      Coming Soon with CYC

      CYC are hard at work creating The Starter Kit, an entirely online show premiering this November.

      Support Contact Young Company

      Want to help support the work of Contact Young Company? We’re currently raising £20,000 to buy essential equipment and light up the stage for young people in Greater Manchester. Find out more and donate.

      Previous CYC Shows

      Just some of the shows created by CYC in recent years:

      Past Members of CYC

      Many previous members of CYC have gone onto become professional artists, performers and creators. Previous CYC-ers include: Louise Wallwein, Yusra Warsama, Darren Pritchard, Lemm Sissay, Afreena Islam, Fisayo Akinade, Abdus Salam, Sophie Willan, Nathaniel Hall, Lowri Evans (Eggs Collective), Sara Cocker (Eggs Collective), Kyle Walker, Lauren Fitzpatrick, Haiesha Mistry, Rachel Brogan, Ali Gadema, Chunky, Amy Vreeke and Adam Ali.

      Several of these artists have worked with Contact in a professional capacity since, or may be working with us in the near future (keep an eye on our What’s On page for details.)

       Be a part of CYC

      Contact Young Company holds auditions each year for participants aged 15 – 25. If you’d like to hear about upcoming auditions, email to be added to our auditions mailing list.

      • Ages
        15 - 25
      • Contact

        Keisha Thompson

        Young People’s Producer

        0161 274 0613

      • Details

        We’ll be auditioning new members in Spring 2021.