Chrysalis all set to open at Traverse

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With three weeks to go, the four theatre groups chosen for the inaugural Chrysalis festival are gearing up for two days of dynamic theatre on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 November 2015 in Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre.

To perform this piece using the words of people from all walks of life in Govanhill at the Chrysalis festival is a fantastic way for us to share some of the experiences of this diverse community with a wider audience beyond Glasgow

Tickets are on sale and selling well for Chrysalis, boosted by the popular Festival Pass options available to see anything from one to all four performances.

Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP will open the first Chrysalis festival on Friday 6 November, marking the start of two days of a selection of the best young theatre and new writing in the UK. Theatre groups from Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester perform their own work which addresses a variety of contemporary issues.

These include Junction 25's award winning work i'd rather humble than hero: a reflection on society's cultural obsessions, Contact Young Company's exploration into our attitudes around sex in Under the Covers, and two very different takes on modern urban life with 20 Stories High's performance of Headz and Citzens Young Co.'s verbatim play Southside Stories.

Guy Hollands, one of the directors of Citizens Young Co.’s Southside Stories, says, “We are delighted to have been invited to take part in the Chrysalis Festival. Southside Stories is the result of a rewarding learning experience for the Young Co., producing their first verbatim production and writing and performing their own original music. To perform this piece using the words of people from all walks of life in Govanhill at the Chrysalis festival is a fantastic way for us to share some of the experiences of this diverse community with a wider audience beyond Glasgow.”

The two days of performances by the four theatre groups, part of the national Call to Create, is complemented by a programme of talks and events with invited speakers, looking at the position of youth theatre in an international context and the profile of performance by young people in the media. Tickets for individual Chrysalis performances and ticket packages are now on sale via the Traverse Theatre website or the Traverse Box Office on 0131 228 1404.


Full price: £12 (Concessions £10)
Three-show Chrysalis Festival Pass (any three performances): £22
Full Chrysalis Festival Pass (all four performances): £32

Chrysalis is a new theatre festival and the only platform of its kind in Scotland for ambitious and provocative performance by young theatre-makers. Four selected shows will each be performed twice over the two days of the festival: Friday 6 and Saturday 7 November 2015 in Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre. An innovation from Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, Chrysalis aims to attract new audiences to youth theatre arts, inspire Scotland’s youth arts sector and enhance public perception of creative work by young people.

Call to Create is a global collective of cultural organisations which are coming together for the first time to shout louder about the great art young people make. Young people often tell us they hit a glass ceiling in the creative world due to their age. But we know that if we combine the new ideas, energy and talent of young people with the experience of established artists, we can create some incredible artistic moments which can inspire audiences and other artists. The Call to Create network was established by the Roundhouse, Camden, London.

20 STORIES HIGH (Liverpool)
20 Stories High is an award-winning theatre company based in Toxteth, creating dynamic, challenging theatre which attracts new, young audiences while pushing the boundaries of what is theatre. Headz is a collection of monologues which gives a gritty, challenging and humorous insight to the contemporary lives of Liverpool’s young people.

Citizens Theatre Young Company celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2015. Over the years, the company has performed a very broad range of work, from Shakespeare to new writing. Based at Glasgow’s famous Citizens’ Theatre, the company offers opportunities to young people aged 18 to 22 in acting, writing and devising. Southside Stories is a new piece which draws on interviews with people who live and work in the dynamic and diverse Govanhill area of Glasgow and features original live music.

JUNCTION 25 (Glasgow)
Formed in 2005, Junction 25 began as a response to a feeling about the need to represent the voices of young people in contemporary performance. I’d Rather Humble than Hero, which explores society’s fascination with fame, celebrity and image, was created by the ensemble of Junction 25, winners of the 2015 CATS Whiskers award.

Contact Young Company is a renowned young ensemble of performers, actors, dancers, musicians, poets and MCs based at Contact in Manchester. Each year they create brand-new shows in collaboration with national and international artists. Under The Covers examines young people’s contemporary attitudes to sex, questioning myths and breaking down taboos.

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland is the national development organisation for youth theatre. Our mission is to transform lives through youth theatre by developing inspiring participatory opportunities for young people in Scotland, and by connecting, supporting and training the professionals who work with them. We support a membership of more than 100 youth theatre organisations and freelance practitioners who engage around 25,000 young people in youth theatre activity across the country every week.

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