Ambitious performances and radical works-in-progress from the best young theatre makers.
Thu 15 - Sat 17 November 2018.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.
Chrysalis Festival returns in 2020

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 2018 was staged at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and 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.

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

Chrysalis 2018 companies

Junges Ensemble Marabu
THU 15 NOV (7PM), FRI 16 NOV (10AM),
SAT 17 NOV (8.15PM)
Complacent wealth versus abject poverty.
Thousands of displaced refugees flee from war and hunger while Europe strives to put up borders. Junges Ensemble Marabu debates and illustrates these conflicts, gets wrapped up and searches for a way to escape them. Funny and sad, in equal measure, the production focuses on the inner turmoil experienced by carefree and fun-loving youth in a world that can no longer tolerate looking the other way.

Platform Young Company
FRI 16 NOV (7PM) & SAT 17 NOV (6PM)
This ambitious, brand-new devised performance, uses movement, text and
sound to interrogate and interpret our current political and social climate.
A powerful and stylish production, from one of Scotland’s most exciting
young companies, Shaking The Habitual questions the ways in which we conform to the world around us. They challenge the audience to look at themselves, their habits and routines, and ask if they are brave enough to break away from it all?

Camden Youth Theatre
NOISE (Scottish Premiere)
THU 15 NOV (8.15PM), FRI 16 NOV (11.30AM),
SAT 17 NOV (7PM)
NOISE is a sonic explosion, merging theatre and gig. As the city gets louder there seems to be no getting away from the relentless noise nor the constant stream of information. Camden Youth Theatre pull us into a world inside their headphones, sharing their inner thoughts, rebellions and the playlists they use to escape from the everyday Noise.

Activising For Change
FRI 16 NOV (8.15PM), SAT 17 NOV (3.30PM)
In life you face options. Some communities choose to turn away, others offer their hand. Using movement, poetry and projection 147Hz Can’t Pass is a celebration of queer experience, an honest, unapologetic and relatable introduction to a trans non-binary experience in 2018. Emerging theatre maker, Ink Asher Hemp has developed this piece as part of Scottish Youth Theatre Making Space programme, which supports young artists to develop their own theatre projects.

SAT 17 NOV (2PM)
Join more young companies as they present brand new works in development on stage and around the venue for the first time:
Little Red Ensemble
Macrobert Young Company
Ayr Gaiety & RCS Young Theatre Companies


Festival Events Programme

Schools performances

Our school performances are a unique opportunity to see high-quality work by young companies from Germany, London, and Scotland. The workshops will help you and your students develop the skills to talk confidently about theatre, which links to the Drama ‘Performance Analysis’ Higher, and the ‘Project Dissertation’ in Advanced Higher.

Viewing and reviewing theatre

Suitable for: Schools and Youth Theatre groups.
Cost: Free for groups attending Chrysalis.
Love going to the theatre but hate that awkward moment when someone asks you what you thought of the show? Join Youth Theatre Arts Scotland’s Learning and Engagement Manager, Vikki Doig, for a practical and energetic workshop exploring how to interpret and talk about theatre with confidence and flair.
Workshop length: 1.5 hours.
Requirements: Clear space, access to wifi, projector or TV screen.
Capacity: Up to 25 participants.
Email Vikki to book.
*Limited workshops available (October/November)

Thursday 1 November

Chrysalis Unpacked

Suitable for: Teachers and practitioners.
Cost: Free.

Thinking of bringing a group to Chrysalis? This afternoon session, designed for teachers and practitioners will put you ahead of the game. We delve into the Chrysalis programme, pulling out key themes and discussion topics and exploring them in new ways. Participants will also be introduced to exercises used in our Young Critics programme, to consider how these can be used to support young people to discover their critical voice when viewing performance.
Date: Thursday 1 November, 4:30–6:30 pm.
Venue: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.
Book for Chrysalis Unpacked

Thursday 15 November

Managers Forum.

Meet the Programmers.

Friday 16 November

Youth Panel – How young people are using theatre to change the world.

In the Studio with Junges Ensemble Marabu.

In the Studio with Camden Youth Theatre.

Saturday 17 November

Meet the Directors breakfast.

In the Studio… with Platform Young Company.