Chrysalis Festival 2016 Blog #1

27 October 2016 ← return to listing

Chrysalis Producer Fiona McCurdy discusses the 2016 festival line-up and the importance of supporting youth arts.

I am producing the second Chrysalis Festival (18 - 20 Nov) with Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and the Traverse. Building on last year's success, Chrysalis  brings together seven selected youth theatre groups from across Europe to perform dramatic pieces that were written or devised by them.

In the last two years the support for youth arts has taken some fairly major blows with the loss of organisations such as the Arches in Scotland and Ideastap nationally. Given the news that arts courses are also due to be axed from many schools in England, I don't think there has ever been a more vital time to support emerging artists.

Chrysalis offers a strong and well-supported platform for youth companies to engage with new audiences on one of the most respected stages in Scotland. The Traverse have been immensely supportive in their partnership with this project. Given the strength of their own extensive engagement programme and the reach to new audiences that they can offer young artists we at Youth Theatre Arts Scotland are very excited about Chrysalis 2016.

What's On:

This year four of Europe's most promising youth companies will be presenting full-length shows in the festival and as part of the Emergence strand three exceptional companies will also be performing work-in-progress scratch pieces.

  • Club by Teatru Manoel (Malta), a show about dealing with grief after a good friend to the company dies and the cathartic experiences they have whilst clubbing.
  • Sheep by Tron Young Company (Glasgow), which looks at the human fallout of modern warfare, media propaganda and gender roles in conflict.
  • The Island from Platform Young Company (Glasgow) centers on a group of young people in an apocalyptic wasteland and their search for what happens at the end of everything.
  • Phenomona A Beginner's Guide to Love and Physics by Sounds Like Chaos and the Albany Theatre Deptford (London) questions how we learn to love and explores where an inquisitive brain with a thirst for knowledge will take us.

The  Emergence scratch performance includes work from Strange Town (Edinburgh), Macrobert Young Company (Stirling) and Beacon Youth Theatre (Greenock). There is space built in around the Emergence performance for feedback and discussion with the groups and creative teams.

Workshops and Development: 

With the aim of creating a fully immersive and participatory festival where young people and sector professionals can exchange skills and network, we have also created the  Chrysalis Too workshop series. Chrysalis Too sits alongside the core festival performance programme to offer the chance to engage directly with the festival participants and creative teams. These workshops are open to the public and should be of interest to all ages. For young people we think they will offer an invaluable opportunity to learn from the artistic experiences of their peers from different cultures, backgrounds and countries. These workshops have already proven to be very popular and places are limited, so if you want to get involved do get in quick.

We look forward to seeing you at the Trav!

- Fiona McCurdy, Chrysalis Producer


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