Who we are

"What Company Three is doing is not social work but art; art that stands shoulder to shoulder with some of the most inventive and high quality theatre currently being made in the UK"

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian


Who we are

"What Company Three is doing is not social work but art; art that stands shoulder to shoulder with some of the most inventive and high quality theatre currently being made in the UK"

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Company Three creates a space in which young people can talk to adults, and in which adults will really listen.

Originally formed as Islington Community Theatre in 2008, we are a company of 75 young people aged 11-19.  We make theatre through long-term, intensive collaboration between our members and professional theatre-makers.

We're based in Islington, North London, one of the most diverse and unequal boroughs in the UK. Our members are nominated or referred to us by local teachers, youth workers and social workers as young people who are particularly likely to benefit from our work.  

Our plays are part of ongoing conversation about what it means to be a teenager.  We train our members as theatre-makers, helping them to understand themselves and the world around them, and to create work that allows them to express who they are.

We make our plays through a process of research and development, early-stage scratch (experimental performances) and professional productions.

Our work has been seen at the National Theatre, at the Royal Albert Hall, Battersea Arts Centre, The Yard Theatre, on Channel 4 and the BBC.  We do most of our early stage work in London's exceptional youth arts hub, Platform.

We were awarded the Dan Crawford Award for Innovation at the 2017 Empty Space.. Peter Brook Awards.

As a small charity, we receive no guaranteed income beyond the support of our friends and a small group of brilliant trusts and foundations. Please considering helping us to do our work by becoming a friend.



Ned Glasier
Artistic Director

Becky Martin
Executive Director

Amanda Castro

Angie Peña Arenas
Administration and Projects Coordinator

Associate Artists
Charlie Damigos
Emily Lim

Board of Trustees
Mars Lord (Chair), Francesca Buckland (Vice Chair), James Kempton, Lorne Campbell, Nafeesah Butt, Daniel Oluwasanya, Monika Parkinson, Natasha Bonnelame & Michelle Agdomar

Company Three Theatre Ltd is a charitable company limited by guarantee.

Registered charity number: 1169024
Registered company number: 10295645


Nominating a young person









Nominating and getting involved

Nominating a young person









Nominating and getting involved

Company Three recruit all our members through schools, local social workers and youth workers, other local organisations and through our partnership with Platform.

Nominating a young person
Young people are generally nominated at Year 7 or 8 by teachers and other professionals because they are likely to benefit from being part of our work. Our criteria for this is broad and flexible: we value the opinion of adults who have a long-standing relationship with the young person they are nominating.  

If you are a teacher or other professional working with young people in Islington and would like to refer a young person to us, please fill in the form on this page. 


Training for theatre-makers









Training for Directors and Writers

Training for theatre-makers









Training for Directors and Writers

Over the last nine years, Company Three has developed a system of creating theatre that puts young people at the heart of the creative process.  

We run a range of courses exploring the key ideas that underpin our work and particularly the development of a devising language that helps young people and professional artists collaborate on an equal basis. 

Making Theatre with Young People

We have one more place available for this course - book soon to avoid disappointment!

Next course dates 8 - 10 January 2019
Platform Islington (nearest tube Finsbury Park)

This three day course led by our artistic director Ned Glasier explores how we develop source material into new plays created with large and small groups of young people.  We also discuss our unique recruitment model, workshop structure and ethos.

During the course, participants work through a series of practical exercises, discussions and reflection, including a practical session with young people from Company Three's core company.

Who is it for?
*Participatory artists working with young people
*Professional writers and directors who want to develop their work with young people
*Youth theatre directors
*Youth workers and teachers

Course Structure
Tuesday - 10am - 5pm
Wednesday - 1pm - 8pm (including evening session with Company Three members)
Thursday - 10am - 5pm

£350 - payable in advance.  

* We are able to offer a two-part payment plan if you need to pay in installments. We regret that we are not able to offer refunds if you cancel your place and we are unable to fill it with another paying participant.

We are able to offer a limited number of discounted places for people from underrepresented groups.

How to apply
We want to ensure that participants gain as much as possible from this course and in order to ensure the quality of experience, places are limited.

To apply, please send your CV with a short email stating why you wish to be considered for the course and what you hope to get out of it to hello@companythree.co.uk

If you wish to apply for a discounted place, please state this clearly in your letter.

If you have any queries, please contact Company Three on 0207 609 9651 or via email

"This has been the most informative and invigorating training I have ever participated in.

It was an absolute joy and I am so grateful to have been able to do it.

It has made me reassess how I facilitate workshops and how I am going to structure a devising process with young people.

I can't wait to get going. Thank you."

Elin Schofield
Sheffield People's Theatre


"As somebody with limited experience directing and working with young people it was the perfect toolkit to help me generate material with young practitioners and craft their material into meaningful performance...

I was able to apply these methods directly to the project that I was working on with a group of teenagers from mid-Wales and the consequence was the show being short-listed for best production for young people at the Wales Theatre Awards.

So many insights and discoveries from the course very much inform my process today more than 12 months later."

Paul Jenkins, Theatr Iolo


Work with us










Work with us

Work with us










Work with us

There are currently no vacancies.

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