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Emergence 2018 Application Form & Information Pack  Do you have an exciting new idea for a project or performance with young people?  Would you benefit from professional support to develop your idea and practice?  Would you like to showcase your work-in-progress at the Traverse Theatre & receive audience and industry feedback? Then the Chrysalis Emergence platform might be for you! Emergence is a unique opportunity for artists collaborating with young people to share a work-inprogress on the Traverse stage as part of Chrysalis 2018. Selected groups will: -

Have the opportunity to present a piece of work at an early stage of development; Receive guidance and support for the development of their work from the YTAS team and a selected professional artist; Have the opportunity to discuss their work with the audience, industry professionals and other groups of young people; Receive funding towards travel costs and presentation of their piece if required.

We are looking for expressions of interest from groups who are making exciting new work and attempting to push the art form of youth theatre. “Marvel how youth theatre has changed and see how the future looks through their eyes.” - The Guardian

Emergence Application Guidelines The guidelines below are for artists, youth theatre leaders, directors and youth theatre groups interested in their work being considered for presentation as part of Emergence:  Performers taking part should be aged 14-25 and part of an identifiable youth theatre group.  The work presented must be new and in development.

 The scratch work presented must be under 20 minutes in length.  The application should be a joint effort between the artist/group leader and their young theatremakers.  Applicants must be YTAS member organisations or willing to become a member if selected. N.B. If you or your group do not fully meet these guidelines but your idea matches the aims and criteria for Emergence and the Chrysalis festival, we would still love to speak to you about your about your work and possible application. Please contact Catherine Makin (Chrysalis Producer) or Vikki Doig (Learning & Engagement Manger) at YTAS to discuss further. “Chrysalis gave our young people a platform to show their work and be taken seriously as emerging artists. They were able to meet like-minded people, be reviewed, and work in one of the most important theatres in the UK.” - 2017 Chrysalis performing company

About the Chrysalis festival “A Landmark Showcase of British theatre’s most promising new artists.” - The List The Chrysalis festival is a platform for ambitious performances by young theatre-makers. It showcases emerging talent, sparks critical debate and challenges perceptions of youth theatre. With a performance programme curated by a Consortium of industry specialists, the festival is the only platform of its kind in Scotland, offering a fresh experience for audiences new to youth theatre arts. This year’s festival is at the Traverse Theatre from Thursday 15 – Saturday 17 November 2018. The festival aims to:     

Provide a high profile and high-quality environment to present new work Positively enhance the public perception of creative work by young people Attract new audiences to youth theatre arts Inspire and raise the aspirations of Scotland's youth arts sector Stimulate critical discussion

Chrysalis seeks to programme work which is:    

Emotionally engaging Ambitious Challenging Performed and produced to a very high standard

*Click here to read more about what we mean by each of the criteria.

“Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and the Traverse Theatre gave us the exhilarating, meticulously planned, and produced third edition of the Chrysalis festival this past weekend in Edinburgh. A truly inspirational weekend jam packed with new works by young people from across the country.” – The Wee Review, 2017

How to apply

Please complete the application form below and submit it by email to no later than 5pm on Friday 20 July 2018. The selection panel will meet and notify all applicants of their decision by Friday 3 August 2018. The Emergence performance will take place on Saturday 17 November 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Youth Theatre Arts Scotland on 0131 538 0591 or email .

Emergence Application Form 1. Contact details Company name:


Company address:






Artist / director / group leader name:


Mobile phone:




Is your company a member of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland or willing to become one if selected? Yes


2. About your project Title (can be tbc):


No. of performers:


Age range of performers:


Please provide a brief outline of your idea (max 100 words)      

Please tell us what has inspired you to make this new piece of work (max 100 words)       Please tell us how your scratch work is ‘ambitious and challenging’ (max 100 words)      

3. About your company Please describe how the young people are involved in both the decision-making and creative aspects of your work (max 100 words)       Please explain how you anticipate your company and idea will develop if selected to take part in the Emergence platform (max 100 words)      

4. Supporting evidence Please include any notes, links or images of supporting material which is connected to your application.      

Now please submit this application by email to no later than 5pm on Friday 20 July 2018.

Emergence 2018 information and application form  
Emergence 2018 information and application form