Shine is free drama provision from Nottingham Playhouse for young people across the county. Our team of highly skilled theatre practitioners deliver free weekly drama workshops to local schools and groups within the Nottingham Community.

Each week our Shine students not only develop their performance skills, but are encouraged and empowered to explore their own creativity.

Shine also offers young people the opportunity to not only visit the theatre but to also perform on our mainstage in our Shine Sharing performance which celebrates the talent and hard work of our Shine performers.

The Shine programme is highly targeted, supporting the creativity and cultural capital of a huge range of young people including those with disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers, young people in hospital and at risk and those living in challenging circumstances.

The groups below that are marked as ‘community based’ welcome all young people from the local community to attend – drop us an email at to find out more.

Our current Shine groups are:

  • Shine Aspley (based at Minver Crescent Sports Centre)
  • Shine Bilborough (school based)
  • Shine Bulwell (school based)
  • Shine Carrington (based at Indian Community Centre Association)
  • Shine Chilwell (school based)
  • Shine Foxwood (school based)
  • Shine Mansfield (school based)
  • Shine NEST (school based)
  • Shine Portland (school based)
  • Shine QMC (school based)
  • Shine Radford (school based)
  • Shine Sherwood Education Base (school based)
  • Shine Sneinton (school based)