Join in Chrysalis with Twitter Plays

As part of Chrysalis 2017, we are inviting writers of all ages and experiences to create Twitter Plays – 140 characters of immediate, responsive work inspired by the world around you. These will be showcased online and displayed at the Traverse Theatre during Chrysalis, plus a selection will be performed live at the launch of the festival of Fri 17 November 2017.

This year’s Chrysalis festival is filled with work created by young theatre makers responding to their relationship to world events and their wider social context. Inspired by this, our workshops, talks and events programme is centred around the theme The World in Me.

The Chrysalis festival showcases the best emerging talent from across the UK. During this year’s festival we have a particular interest in new writing and with the festival’s home at the Traverse Theatre, a company dedicated to new writing in all its forms, we’re delighted to bring these values together to showcase new writing on and off the stage.

Get Involved

· All plays must be a maximum of one tweet of 140 characters in length (280 character tweets are, well, just too long)

· Plays can include stage directions, dialogue, characters – anything that makes up a play

· Make sure you tag @YTArtsScot in your post, otherwise we won’t be able to see your play

· If you don’t have Twitter and still want to get involved, you can send your play to or via facebook.

· Watch our Youth Theatre Arts Scotland twitter feed (@YTArtsScot) and #ChrysalisFest for inspiration.


1. Some words of advice from Andrew Eaton-Lewis in The Scotsman: “perhaps that’s the key to creating a good Twitter play – creating a situation where what isn’t said is so tantalising that the full play is not so much what is in the Tweet, more the story you are writing inside your own head”

2. Let your audience use their imagination – what isn’t said is just as powerful sometime as what is.

3. Leave your audience wanting more.

4. Remember the theme “The World in Me”

5. Make sure you tag/reply to @YTArtsScot in your post, otherwise we won’t be able to see your play

Here’s some of this year’s submissionsTwitter Plays Rob Drummond Facebook Twitter - Chrysalis 2017 1200x600

Twitter Plays Megan MacDonald Facebook Twitter - Chrysalis 2017 1200x600

Twitter Plays Jo Sharpie Facebook Twitter - Chrysalis 2017 1200x600

Twitter Plays Christie O’Carroll Facebook Twitter - Chrysalis 2017 1200x600


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