Last year we held our second Young Artists Festival, a week long programme where participants formed companies to work on brand new ten-minute plays by brilliant playwrights like Joel Horwood, Lisa Jên, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Nicola Reynolds, Sam Burns and Alun Saunders, as well as attending masterclasses by many wonderful folk including Tamara Harvey and Gary Owen. The festival ended with 3 glorious nights of sold out performances and our inspired participants split the box office profits and celebrated with us in the bar.
And now it returns for another year!
From the 12th to the 17th of June, for one week only we're throwing open our doors to give you the real experience of working on the fringe. We're inviting you to throw caution to the wind, get out of your comfort zone and come and play. We want to fuel your passion, give you the opportunity to flex your creative muscles and invite you to go out there – together – and experiment with something unfamiliar.
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 team, headed up by Kate Wasserberg, Bizzy Day and Ben Atterbury will be on-hand to talk about their experiences so far and work with companies throughout the festival.
We have commissioned brand new ten-minute plays from some of the greats of the British arts scene - Matthew Bulgo, Steffan Donnelly, Tim Foley, Siân Owen and Lucy Rivers - now, we're looking to create some brand new companies to direct and perform them.
In addition, we'll be running workshops and masterclasses. Last year we had classes with tonnes of fabulous industry folk like Gemma McAvoy (Emptage Hallett), Simon Curtis (Equity), Matthew Bulgo (Writer, Constellation Street), Gary Owen (Writer, Killology & Iphigenia in Splott), Tamara Harvey (Artistic Director, Theatr Clwyd) & Nick Davies (Arts Council Wales).
This year will be no different.
The deadline for applications is the 28th of April, and places on the 2017 festival are £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 email@example.com.
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 Stage Management, and we may be able to offer you a masterclass and an internship opportunity to run alongside the festival programme. Stage Managers do not pay a fee to be a part of the festival.
Please send all completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm, April 28th.
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.