The 1990’s saw Burnley Youth Theatre gain national recognition for radical devised theatre productions. In 1993, Thinking of England was entered into the Lloyds Bank Theatre Challenge and performed at the Royal National Theatre, London. The State of Decay was taken to the National Student Drama Festival, Scarborough in 1995. In that same year, Bedbug was performed at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre as part of BT National Connections.
Described as ‘nifty urban thespians,’ Burnley Youth Theatre was awarded a Guinness World Record in 1993 for creating and performing a play in a day. In 1997, Burnley Youth Theatre took part in Granada Television’s Modern Meanings – a modern retelling of Bible stories which received an award from Sandford St Martin Trust for Religious Broadcasting.