A new performance opportunity for ambitious young theatre-makers
November 2017
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Consortium shortlisting in February

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)


2016 Festival Programme

Platform Young Company (Glasgow)
Sat 19 November, 8.15pm • Sun 20 October, 6pmThe Island 150mmx80mm
A group of misfits, stragglers and dreamers roam across an apocalyptic wasteland trying to find out what happens after the end of everything.
[Contains strong language, strobe lighting and loud noise – 12+]


Sounds Like Chaos and The Albany (Deptford)
Phenomena 150mmx80mmSat 19 November, 7pm • Sun 20 November, 7.15pm
We want to know it all, the whole universe and everything in it. Contrasting physics facts with the uniqueness of experience, young people question how we learn to love.
[All ages]


Tron Young Company (Glasgow)
Fri 18 November, 7pm • Sat 19 November, 2pmSheep-150mmx80mm-150x150
A spotlight on modern war looks at media propaganda, gender roles in conflict and what happens when war arrives on your doorstep.
[Contains flashing lights and strong language – 14+]


Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre (Malta)
Fri 18 November, 8.15pm • Sun 20 November, 4pmCLUB150mmx150mm
How do you cope with the death of a friend? CLUB focuses on a group of teenagers as they deal with the aftermath of a tragic accident.
[Adult themes, strong language and strobe lighting – 13+]


Sat 19 & Sun 20 NovemberYTAS Directors Forum - Mon 15 August 2016
Running alongside the main performance programme, Chrysalis Too offers a curated series of workshops and talks focusing on current trends and challenges in contemporary youth theatre practice.



Sat 19 November, 3.30pm
New for 2016, tEmergence 150mmx80mmhe Chrysalis Emergence strand presents three 20-minute experimental and risk-taking new works-in-progress by emerging young theatre-makers. This is your chance to experience not only a variety of original voices and fresh perspectives, but also to contribute your thoughts and ideas on how each piece could develop.