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
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
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
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
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.
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
We look forward to seeing you at the Trav!
- Fiona McCurdy, Chrysalis Producer