The Chrysalis festival is a platform for ambitious performance by young theatre-makers. It showcases emerging talent, sparks critical debate and challenges perceptions of youth theatre.
“Marvel how youth theatre has changed and see how the future looks through their eyes” (The Guardian on Chrysalis)
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.
“Nothing but warmth, enthusiasm, and a glow of creative energy” (The Scotsman)
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
“Combining the vitality of innovative youth performance with the polished production of the professional theatre’’ (The List)
Emergence ‘Young Directors’ Award 2017
Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (YTAS), the Saltire Society, and the Traverse Theatre have joined forces to offer a £2,500 award to enable one promising young theatre director to further their career and stage a short production at the innovative Chrysalis festival this November.
The winning director’s performance will be hosted as part of the YTAS and the Traverse Theatre’s Emergence platform at Chrysalis festival 2017 which will take place from Friday 17 – Sunday 19 November. Applicants for the Emergence ‘Young Directors’ Award must be aged 16 to 25.
Directors working in collaboration with young people have the opportunity to present a short performance in the early stages of growth. YTAS is looking for groups who are making experimental, risk-taking work and attempting to push the art form of youth theatre.
The £2,500 Emergence ‘Young Directors’ Award includes a production and travel budget, production and marketing support, specialist training in August 2017, November 2017 and March 2018, 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 Directors 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.
Emergence’ Young Directors Award – Information and Application Form [Word document].
Emergence ‘Scratch’ Awards
Emergence is a brand new scratch performance platform that is part of the Chrysalis festival 2017 which will take place from Friday 17 – Sunday 19 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.
The Emergence Platform will be hosted by Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (YTAS) in the Traverse 2 studio space, with in-house technical support on Saturday 20 November. The directors and companies selected will receive mentoring and support from YTAS’s Creative Learning Manager between August and November 2017, 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.
Two Emergence Awards are available as part of the Chrysalis festival in 2017:
Information and Application Form [Word document].