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Young Artist Festival 2018


and it’s going to be a good one...

Last year we held our third Young Artists Festival, a week long programme where participants formed companies to work on brand new ten-minute plays by brilliant playwrights like Matthew Bulgo, Steffan Donnelly, Tim Foley, Siân Owen, and Lucy Rivers, as well as attending masterclasses by many wonderful folk including Kate Wasserberg and Francois Pandolfo. The festival ended with 3 glorious nights of performances and our inspired participants split the box office profits and celebrated with us in the bar.

And now it returns for it’s fourth year!


From the 4 - 9  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 Dan Jones and Bizzy Day will be on-hand to talk about their experiences so far and work with companies throughout the festival.

 We are thrilled to announce that we have commissioned FIVE brand new ten-minute plays from a variety of writers; both emerging and very much established:


We’ve got our programme comprised of Wales-based writers, now we're looking to create some brand new companies to direct and perform their plays.

In addition, we'll be running a variety workshops and masterclasses. Last year we had classes teeming with established industry folk like Jenny Sturt (Assistant Producer - WMC), Nicola Reynolds (Casting Director, The Other Room associate artist), Francois Pandolfo (Actor & Writer, difficult|stage), Kate Wasserberg (Artistic Director, Out Of Joint - previous Artistic Director, The Other Room), Simon Curtis (Equity Wales) & Nick Davies (Arts Council Wales). This, twinned with classes and support from The Other Room team made for an exciting festival programme.

This year will be just as exciting, keep your eyes peeled for the full programme announcement in the coming weeks!

Important info

The deadline for applications is the 22nd of April, and places on the 2018 festival are £99 each*. If your application is successful you will need to pay a £50 deposit to secure your spot.

You will need to be at least 18 to take part in the Young Artists Festival. There is no upper age limit on participation, the ‘Young’ in the title refers to career! We’re 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 with our Producer George Soave on

The festival programme week will require you to be at The Other Room full-time between 10:00-18:00 Monday, Tuesday Wednesday for workshops and rehearsals, and 10:00-21:00 on Thursday, Friday Saturday for rehearsals and performances. The full festival programme will be announced very soon.



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 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 rehearsal 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

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 with the subject line “YAF 2018 Application *what you’re applying for*” (eg. YAF 2018 Application Actor) to by 5pm, April 22nd 2018. All applications must include your name, email address and contact contact number.

*  Returning participants from previous Young Artist Festival’s pay a reduced rate of £79.00 to take part in the festival. £50.00 deposit to secure your spot and £29.00 to pay before the festival begins.
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.