The Chrysalis festival is a platform for ambitious performances by young theatre-makers. It showcases emerging talent, sparks critical debate and challenges perceptions of youth theatre.
Chrysalis is staged at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and is curated with the support of a consortium of industry specialists. The festival is the only platform of its kind in Scotland and it offers a new experience for audiences new to youth theatre arts.
The festival aims to:
- Positively enhance the public perception of creative work by young people
- Attract new audiences to youth theatre arts
- Inspire and raise the aspirations of Scotland’s youth arts sector
- Stimulate critical discussion
Applications for Chrysalis 2016 have now closed. Applications are shortlisted with the support of a consortium of specialists. Members of the consortium will visit groups to view their work between February-June 2016 before putting forward a final selection that will join the Chrysalis 2016 festival programme.
Youth Theatre Arts Scotland can provide limited financial support to the selected groups to bring their production to the festival.
Chrysalis festival 2015
20 STORIES HIGH/LIVERPOOL
An insight into the lives of Liverpool’s young people – a gritty, challenging and humorous collection of monologues.
CITIZENS THEATRE YOUNG CO./GLASGOW
Drawn from interviews with people who live and work in the diverse Govanhill area of Glasgow, this performance combines original live music with verbatim text.
UNDER THE COVERS
CONTACT YOUNG COMPANY/MANCHESTER
Following a sell-out run in Manchester, Contact Young Company examine young people’s attitudes towards sex, question social myths and break down taboos.
I’D RATHER HUMBLE THAN HERO
2015 CATS Whiskers winners explore society’s fascination with fame, celebrity and image.
Chrysalis includes a programme of free panel discussions which aim to explore the position of youth theatre in a wider context. Full details.