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CAN Young Artists (CYA) @ HOME is the name of a theatre group that brought together young people from Manchester to create an original & new production around the awesome and mighty themes of Macbeth

CAN Young Artists @ HOME 2015-16

Between November 2015 and March 2016, three venues across the UK, including Birmingham Repertory TheatreYoung Vic in London and HOME in Manchester hosted a unique theatre production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, as part of the World Stages Festival which was originally set up as part of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012.

As well as hosting the show, all three venues created a new theatre performance using the themes in Macbeth as inspiration to create and perform work by young people from each of the three cities.

Our theatre company included young people aged 12 – 18 as part of this exciting performance opportunity. We gathered together young people who were interested in learning and developing new arts-based skills, working as part of a dynamic creative team and wanting to get involved in something new and different.

CYA @ HOME offered an intensely creative programme of workshops in drama, freestyle movement & dance, writing and spoken-word.

For those that are also interested in learning about how to shape and put on a production, you can view our Young Producers group videos to develop your production and leadership skills.

The first part of this project took place weekly at STUN Studios at Z-arts in Hulme from November 2015 to January 2016. The production then moved to HOME in the new First Street area in the city centre from January 2016, with the final show in March 2016.

We offered the youngsters to:

  • Take part in an intensely creative programme of workshops in drama, freestyle movement & dance, spoken-word and music, working with inspirational arts leaders.
  • Shape and perform an original and exciting contemporary theatre production in Manchester’s new iconic arts venue, HOME.
  • Make new friends and work as part of a close-knit team.
  • Improve knowledge of theatre and careers in this industry.
  • Reduced price tickets for great theatre shows at HOME.
  • Gain a Bronze Arts Award.
  • Develop leadership skills as a Young Producer.
  • Visit the Young Vic in London and Birmingham Repertory Theatre to see productions created by other young performers around the same themes.


Formed by the merger of two of Manchester’s best-loved arts organisations, Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company, HOME’s mission is to make a new home for curiosity seekers, for the love of dramatic, digital and deeply engaging; for radicals and reciprocators.

Finding HOME
HOME is part of the new First Street area in the city centre, just behind the railway arches on Whitworth Street West. It is a short walk from Oxford Road and Deansgate train stations. The nearest Metrolink station is Deansgate Castlefield.


Z-Arts was formed in 2000 as a ‘creative space for young people’ with a priority on providing participatory activity. As Manchester’s venue for children and families Z-Arts pride themselves on providing a welcoming, vibrant and safe environment for the whole family to enjoy. Their mission is to inspire and enable generations of young people from Manchester and beyond to use creativity to maximise their potential.

Finding Z-Arts
Situated on Stretford Road in a prime location overlooking Hulme Park, Z-Arts is a 15 minute walk from Oxford Road Station. Buses 250, 256 and 263 run regularly at ten-minute intervals from Piccadilly Gardens and take 10 minutes to get to the Hulme Library stop which is two buildings down from Z-Arts.


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