Emergence 2023

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland

Fri 24 Mar, 6:30pm

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Join us for a first look at bold new works-in-progress from the some of Scotland’s leading youth theatre directors at Emergence 2023 at the Traverse Theatre.

Each piece is the culmination of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland's Directors’ Development Programme, a professional development opportunity for experienced youth theatre directors. Over the course of the eight-month programme, YTAS’s directors have shared practice, worked one-to-one with National Theatre of Scotland dramaturg Rosie Kellagher, and been given the space and resource to create ambitious new work with talented young performers.

This works-in-progress performance is a chance for you to celebrate and support these directors on their next steps in turning their ideas from scribbles on post-it notes into full productions. From new scripts, to devised work, to new methods of working, the evening is sure to demonstrate to audiences the magical variety and boundless possibilities of the world of youth theatre in 2022.

Image: Andy Catlin, The Boy With The Glass Heart, Emergence 2019.

Emergence 2023 and the Directors' Development Programme are made possible by YTAS’s funders, Creative Scotland, the Gannochy Trust, Foyle Foundation and William Syson Foundation and their partners, the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Pitlochry Festival Theatre and the Traverse Theatre.

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, and has received additional support from the Scottish Government's Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund and Creative Scotland’s Recovery Fund for Cultural Organisations.

If you have access requirements, please contact our Sales and Welcome Team on boxoffice@traverse.co.uk or 0131 228 1404 so we can arrange reserved seating for you and discuss how else we can best support your visit.


  • DirectorAmanda Glover
  • DirectorEoin McKenzie
  • DirectorFin Russell
  • DirectorHannah Edie
  • DirectorLiam Blain
  • DirectorLucy Wild
  • DirectorZoe Farrugia

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