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Young Artists Festival 

The Young Artists Festival is a week long programme where participants formed companies to work on brand new, especially commisioned ten-minute plays by a whole host of brillaint playwrights. In previous years we have welcomed plays by Alan Harries, Lucy Rivers, Matthew Bulgo, Ruth Jones and many more. The week also includes an intense programme of masterclasses and industry talks by many wonderful folk like Tamara Harvey and Gary Owen. The festival ends with 3 nights of performances, a rehearsed reading of even fresher plays and the box office profits are split among all particpiants which in turn leads to a good ol' party.


YAF is about throwing caution to the wind, getting out of your comfort zone, flexing your creative muscles and gorwing.

Join us for a fresh perspective on rehearsing, fundraising, professional production management, dramaturgy, working with an agent and starting your own company, and LOADS more. The Other Room’s whole team will be on-hand to talk about their experiences so far and work with companies throughout the festival

The Young Artists festival welcomes applications from Actors, Directors, Writers and those intrested in prodcution (Stage Mangers / LX Designers / Sound Designers) and costs £99 each*. If your application is successful you will need to pay a £50 deposit to secure your spot.

The Young Artists Festival is based on a profit share model and 100% of the box office takings from the performances will be shared between the participants (around £15 each last year). You will need to be at least 18 to take part in the Young Artists Festival. There is no upper age limit on participation, and we are keen to hear from a diverse range of individuals interested in participating at the festival. If you are just emerging into doing something, you are a young artist. If you have any questions, please do get in touch by emailing



Send us a covering letter detailing your experience to date and a recent photograph of yourself (passport style). We'll invite you in for an audition so that you can show us how you work. If you are successful you will take part in all the workshops above and you will be become part of the company in one of the ten minute pieces, as well as performing a rehearsed reading of work by writers participating in the festival.


Send us a CV and covering letter telling us why you are the right person for the opportunity. We will interview you and you will prepare a 'pitch' for three of the ten minute plays (you'll obviously get to have a look at them before). If your application to the festival is successful, you will direct one of these pieces. You'll rehearse the piece, run the tech and oversee the performance. You will also direct a reading of a play by one of the young writers taking part in the festival.


Send us five pages of your writing, along with a short covering letter telling us a bit more about yourself, and why you would like to take part in the festival. If you are successful in your application you'll have access to all the festival workshops as well as masterclasses with Welsh playwrights. You will then have two days to develop a ten minute piece of your own, which will be performed by one of the newly formed companies as a rehearsed reading at the end of the week.


Stage Managers are an important part of the way in which the week runs, and if it's an area of interest to you please do get in touch, making sure to tell us a bit more about yourself and why you are interested in prodcution. Be sure to state what roles you are most intrested in from the following list; Stage Managemer, Deputy Stage Manager (operating), Assistant Stage Manager, Lighting Designer and Sound Designer.

We're keen to hear from artists from all backgrounds and have a limited number of subsidised places available. If you need a helping hand, email us no more than 1 side of A4 telling us a bit about yourself and why this training is important to you. Please only apply for a subsidised place if you would otherwise be unable to attend.



YAF 2019 will take place on the week commencing April 8th. Applications will open soon, so keep an eye on this space.