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Young Artists Festival

The Young Artists Festival is our annual week-long programme, offering developing 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. In previous years we have welcomed plays by Alan Harris, Lucy Rivers, Matthew Bulgo, Ruth Jones and many more. The week also 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, a rehearsed reading of even fresher plays written by participating emerging writers, and the box office profits are split among all participants which in turn leads to a good ol' party.

This year the festival will run 25th - 29th July 2022.

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

Join us for a fresh perspective on rehearsing, fundraising, professional production management, dramaturgy, working with an agent, 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 interested in production (Stage Managers / LX Designers / Sound Designers) and costs £100 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 starting out, you are a young artist.

If you have any questions, please do get in touch by emailing



Applications for YAF 2022 are now open until Sunday 22nd May 2022.

Actors (audition dates Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th June)

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.

Directors (interviews Wednesday 15th June)

Send us a 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.

Writers (interviews Friday 17th June)

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.

Production (interviews Thursday 16th June)

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 interested 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.

Email your application (titled YAF2022) to by 10pm Sunday 22nd May 2022

YAF 2022 will take place in the week commencing July 25th 2022. You will need to be available on Mon - Wed from  9am - 6pm, and on Thursday - Saturday from 9am - 9pm.

If you require assistance in any way for auditions, performances or the application process, please contact

Please contact us if you require flexibility on dates.