Young Company

RABBLE Young Company is our Saturday Theatre School for young people. It is a leading force for positive change in the lives of Reading’s teenagers, giving them the courage to speak out and change their own pathways.

Saturdays – 10am-1pm

@ The Abbey School, Kendrick Rd, Reading

Venue Info

£195 PER TERM (10 WEEKS) FOR AGES 8-18

Creating theatre-makers

At Young Company we create confident, outstanding theatre-makers.

Acting’s awesome, but we will open your eyes to so many other careers in the arts. You’ll shadow our professional teams, you’ll co-write with professional writers, and you’ll learn how to write fundraising applications so you can produce your own work. We partner with The Apple Store, to train you in tech, such as photography, video editing & music. We want Reading to be full of the best creative people and we believe that YOU are one of them.

Opportunities & Application

From Young Company, you can join intern programmes, work experience onstage & backstage, professional opportunities & Arts Industry pathways. You’ll influence our professional work, apply to be on the RABBLE Youth Board,

Every year, you will create a new play about whatever you feel is important. Here’s an example of what this year’s students have created with RABBLE’s Artistic Director, Dani Davies, who is currently completing an MA at Bath Spa University in Writing for Young People.


Devised & written by the RABBLE Young Company

The show is about the lives of three young people in Reading who are about to take their GCSEs and the pressure they are put under by the education system, parents, peers and themselves. Sam is struggling to get over a traumatic childhood experience, V identifies as gender-neutral and is coming to terms with how the world perceives them and Alex desperately wants to live up to her parents’ expectations.

Pressure will be performed in association with Reading University at the Minghella Theatre in July 2022. The cast is designing and creating the soundtrack and movement sequences themselves.

Click the button below to book tickets for Young Company’s performance of Pressure on 16th July.

Success is:

  • Artistic excellence in all work produced
  • A diverse, company of theatre practitioners ‘#MadeinRDG’ who understand how to make their own work and can use their skills to guide their own future*
  • A group of young people who have autonomy over the professional work RABBLE create, from conception to delivery
    • All company members have an understanding of the Social Graces and can talk about their own personal values
    • All company members have an understanding of how work can be created sustainably and what our responsibilities are as theatre practitioners
    • A pool of professional creatives who we have trained and employed, who stay in Reading because the cultural scene here is buzzing
      • Happy, ambitious, confident young people who have a clear direction and strong skills


      *We created this brand in 2015 to embolden you, the inspiring creative people who fill this town with optimism and pride.

      Term Dates

      Summer Term 2022:

      30th April – 16th July (10 weeks)
      Half term break –  28th May & 4th June

      Young Company summer show 9th July. Venue: St Barts.


      Want to get involved but don't have the funds?

      If you are thinking I’d love to experience that, but you need help with some or all of the fees, then why not apply to the RABBLE Access Fund? The aim of the Access Fund is to make sure that everyone can access our work. You may want to send your child to our Saturday School, or you yourself might fancy a term of Get Up On Stage. Perhaps you want your community group or school to come to a production. Whatever it is, you can apply to us and we’ll see if we can help. You can apply for 50% of 100% of the cost of your ticket(s)/fees.

      To apply, either send us a video or write us an email, explaining who you are, why you want to attend and a little about your situation. Don’t worry, all your information is completely confidential and the benefactors are never revealed (unless they really want to be).

      If you are interested in applying to the fund for all or part of your fees, please state so on your enrolment form. There is no cash equivalent.

      “My entire education – school, a year abroad, university and drama school – was funded through bursaries, so it feels pretty amazing to now be involved in a charity that’s enabling others to gain skills and get more involved with the community.” Toby Davies, RABBLE Theatre’s Artistic Director

      “I come to RABBLE because I love the atmosphere and the encouragement that I get”

      Young Company student


      Meet The Team

      Martha Shrimpton

      Young Company Director

      Martha Shrimpton is an actor-musician, theatre facilitator and presenter. After graduating from East 15 Acting School, she went on to perform a sell-out run of her début show Café Ruse at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This went on to tour Europe and the UK. Martha has written a two-woman show, Second Soprano, with her company Shrimpton & Rutledge which received five-star reviews at The Arts Theatre in the West End and around the UK. She has also performed in plays at Southwark Playhouse, Birmingham Rep. Theatre and works with many touring Theatre Companies.

      Martha loves to encourage and inspire young people in the arts and is a drama and music practitioner for arts education organisations and community projects across the country. She loves directing the RABBLE Young Company and seeing the company members grow in skills and creative confidence each week.

      Mark Middleton

      Mark graduated as a Stage Combat Instructor in 2012 with the Academy of Performance Combat, one of three organisations professionally recognised by Equity. Since then he has Choreographed and Fight Directed a number of shows including Princess Mononoke for Whole Hog Theatre Company and Romeo & Juliet, Henry I for RBL along with Dani Davies.

      Mark teaches regularly for West End Workshops and has taught exam courses at Northampton University and Oxford School of Drama. He also teaches on the Freelance Workshops Residential Summer Course and workshop days and courses for numerous Professional and Amateur Schools and Societies.

      Saffron Harrington

      Saffron recently graduated from Arts University Bournemouth, where she obtained a first-class honours degree in BA Acting. Since then she has been trying to build her acting career, most recently performing as Alice in A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. She has a passion for movement, having choreographed for both dance and acting shows, using her previous studies in dance and contact improvisation.

      Saffron is excited to be involved in RABBLE Young Company, as she sees the young performers as the future of Reading’s performance scene.

      Heather Snaith

      Heather trained at Rose Bruford College and worked as an actor-musician in the UK and abroad for 15 years, including for Rabble’s first ever production, Twelfth Night and new writing show Off the Block.

      She developed a career in drama education at The Watermill Theatre alongside her performing work. Heather now works as a musician, drama teacher and speech and language therapist. In her spare time, she volunteers and enjoys swing dancing.

      Heather’s favourite theatre memory is playing The Barge-Woman in Wind in the Willows at school, when she entered flamboyantly on a moving barge assembled from the caretaker’s trolley.