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 was staged at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and was curated with the support of a consortium of industry specialists. The festival is the only platform of its kind in Scotland and 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)
THERE IS A LIGHT: BRIGHTLIGHT
Contact Young Company
BRIGHTLIGHT was the first major study of its kind on specialist cancer care in England for young people. Its findings and young patients’ perspectives combine to inspire this original performance. This production was supported by Edinburgh Napier University in association with Macmillan Cancer Support.
“Gloriously real and lifeaffirming; a masterful testimony to the power of young people’s voices.”
Manchester Theatre Awards
Strong language; adult themes; mild references to sex. 12+.
Fri 17 November 2017 – 7:00PM
Sat 18 November 2017 – 2:00PM
Sun 19 November 2017 – 7:30PM
HOW TO SAVE THE WORLD…ISH
Beacon Young Company
Why save the world when someone else can sort it out? The magic of childhood is mixed with grown-up responsibility in this fast-paced and physical cautionary tale.
A strong ensemble performance that demonstrates a real skill in storytelling in a production which packs a pretty punch.
Fri 17 November 2017 – 8:15PM
Sun 19 November 2017 – 6:00PM
If humans are the main drivers of change, who or what is driving us Poignant and funny, sinister and dirty, this bold and visceral performance promises to entertain and arrest.
A challenging and thought-provoking new work by one of Scotland’s most established young companies.
Contains strong language. 14+
Sat 18 November 2017 – 7:00PM
Sun 19 November 2017 – 3:30PM
Sweets, Skinny and Baby live in their own dystopian versions of reality: addiction, violence, chemsex and self destructive behaviour. The arrival of a parcel has fatal consequences for the misfit trio.
A gritty and genuinely youth-led production which uses the full gamut of theatrical possibilities.
Very strong language throughout; scenes of a sexual nature; depictions of violence; strobe/flashing lights. 14+
Sat 18 November 2017 – 8:15PM
Sun 19 November 2017 – 2:00PM
Experience three 20 minute experimental scratch performances by emerging young theatre-makers, including one by our Saltire-Award-winning ‘Emerging Director’. Contribute your own thoughts and ideas on how each piece could develop.
Sat 18 November 2017 – 3:30PM
Workshops, Talks & Events
Running alongside the main Chrysalis programme, a series of curated opportunities explored themes, creative approaches, and politics in terms of the work, its creation and the wider world.
Chrysalis Twitter Plays
We invited writers of all ages and experiences to create Twitter Plays – 140 characters of immediate, responsive work – inspired by the world around them for Chrysalis 2017. These were showcased online and displayed at the Traverse Theatre during Chrysalis, plus a selection were performed live at the launch of the festival of Fri 17 November 2017.
Friday 17 November
|11:00-2:00pm||Young Critics Workshop|
|3:00-5.00pm||Workshop: Writing for Youth Theatre|
|7:00pm||There is a Light: Brightlight – Contact Young Company, Manchester
|8:15pm||How to Save the World…ish – Beacon Young Company, Inverclyde|
Saturday 18 November
|2:00pm||There is a Light: Brightlight – Contact Young Company, Manchester|
|Post-show Discussion – There is a Light: Brightlight|
|3:30pm||Emergence featuring Citizens Young Company (Glasgow), Performance Collective (Stranraer) and the Lyceum Youth Theatre (Edinburgh)|
|7:00pm||Dark Mechanics – Firefly Arts, West Lothian|
|8:15pm||Queer Fish – Reading Rep|
Sunday 19 November
|11am-12.45pm||Workshop – The Contact Approach|
|2:00pm||Queer Fish – Reading Rep|
|Post-show Discussion: Queer Fish|
|3:30pm||Dark Mechanics – Firefly Arts, West Lothian|
|6:00pm||How to Save the World…ish – Beacon Young Company, Inverclyde|
|7:30pm||There is a Light: Brightlight – Contact Young Company, Manchester|
|9:00pm||Festival Wrap Party|