A new performance opportunity for ambitious young theatre-makers
Fri 18 – Sun 20 Nov, 2016.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.
Consortium visiting groups February-June 2016. Emergence applications deadline 20 July.

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.


Emergence ‘Scratch’ Award

  • Do you have an exciting new idea for a performance with young people?
  • Would you benefit from professional support to develop your idea and practice?
  • Would you like to showcase your ‘scratch’ performance at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh to get audience and industry feedback?

Then the Chrysalis festival ‘Emergence’ platform might be for you!

Emergence is a brand new scratch performance platform that is part of the Chrysalis festival 2016 which will take place from Friday 18 – Sunday 20 November.

Artists working in collaboration with young people have the opportunity to present a short performance in the early stages of growth. We are looking for groups who are making experimental, risk-taking work and attempting to push the art form of youth theatre.

If you aged between 16-25, the Emergence ‘Young Leaders’ Award offers additional training and support, thanks to support from the Saltire Society.  See below for details.

The Emergence Platform will be hosted by Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (YTAS) in the Traverse 2 studio space, with in-house technical support. The directors and companies selected will receive mentoring and support from YTAS’s Creative Learning Manager between August and November 2016, in the run up to presenting their work at the festival. The audience will be invited to feed back on all the the scratch pieces in a variety of structured and supportive ways to inform their future development.

Artists and groups selected will receive £350 towards the development and presentation of their scratch performance. They can additionally request a contribution towards travel costs to attend the festival. YTAS’s Creative Learning Manager can also assist groups to secure further support from local partners and venues in the development of their new work.

Download Emergence Application Form [Word document]. Submit by email to no later than 5pm on Wednesday 20 July 2016.


‘Emergence Young Leaders’ Award

Applicants for the Emergence ‘Young Leaders’ Award must be aged 16 to 25.

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, the Saltire Society, and Traverse Theatre and have joined forces to launch a new £2,500 award to enable one promising young theatre director to further their career and stage a short production to be shown as part of the Emergence platform at the Chrysalis.

The £2,500 Emergence ‘Young Leaders’ Award includes a production and travel budget, productions and marketing support, expert training in August 2016, November 2016 and March 2017, and career mentoring and guidance from industry experts. The winner will also benefit from free YTAS membership and attendance at networking events.

In selecting the winner of the Saltire Young Leader Award, the judges will be looking for a young director who demonstrates a good awareness of their potential and the ambition to create exciting contemporary theatre productions with other young people.

Download Emergence ‘Young Leaders’ (16-25) Application Form [Word document]. Submit by email to no later than 5pm on Wednesday 20 July 2016.




FESTIVAL ARCHIVE: Chrysalis 2015

An insight into the lives of Liverpool’s young people – a gritty, challenging and humorous collection of monologues.

Southside Stories
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
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.


News release