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Young Artists Festival 2019 - RECRUITMENT UPDATE 

Young Artists Festival is our annual week-long programme, offering emerging theatre artists the experience of forming companies to work on six brand new ten-minute plays, and prepare them for a public performance. The plays are specially commissioned from a host of brilliant playwrights.

Our YAF writers this year are Isley Lynn, Brad Birch, Roger Williams, Lisa Parry, Nerida Bradley and Owen Thomas.

EXCITING NEWS!  Our specially commissioned plays for 2019 festival are in and we simply can't wait to see them brought to life. We've realised that due to the number of characters that we'll need to cast for the 6 plays, we need MORE YAF participants this year.

We've re-opened applications until midday 28th February, and hope to hear from you soon! 

We are particularly looking for more actors, but please also apply for all other opportunities if you are interested. See application details below.

The week includes an intense programme of masterclasses and workshops led by cultural and creative industry leaders working at the cutting edge in theatre in Wales. The festival culminates in 3 nights of performances, and a rehearsed reading of even fresher plays written by participating emerging writers.

This year the festival runs 8th - 13th April 2019.


To get a feel for the quality of the work of YAF, here's a taster of Lisa Parry's play:

‘Of Polar Bears and Unicorns’ is set in the not-too-distant future when a pandemic of emotional numbness has swept the globe. A couple are desperate to feel emotionally connected to each other and so enlist the help of a ‘unicorn’, a woman as yet unaffected. But the encounter does not work out in the way they hoped.

And Lisa's response to being invited to write for YAF 2019:

"I think the best way to learn in theatre is by doing – that never ends. I can’t think of another date in the Welsh theatrical calendar that truly offers our emerging talent this learning opportunity. Investing in the future of our industry like this is crucial and it’s fabulous that The Other Room is doing it. I can’t wait to see the work".

The Young Artists Festival welcomes applications from Actors, Directors, Writers and those interested in production (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 place.

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 in 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 our Festival Producer,


Applications for YAF 2019 are now open until midday 28 February


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 the masterclasses and workshops mentioned in the section above and you will be cast into one of the companies working 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 (or no more than 10 minutes) 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 production. Be sure to state what roles you are most intrested in from the following list: Stage Manager, 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.

Please email your application (titled YAF 2019) to by 12.00 noon 28th February

Auditions and interviews will be held 6.30 - 8.00 pm on both 4 March & 11 March at The Other Room.

Please contact us if you need any flexibility on dates.