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Following a year of full houses, Chrysalis returns this November for its second festival weekend to Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre. New elements have been added, as well as even more exceptional works by emerging young talent.
Building on last year’s success, the second Chrysalis Festival brings together seven selected youth theatre groups from across Europe to perform dramatic pieces written by them. Each will showcase their ambitious work at the Traverse Theatre over three days from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November 2016.
Groups taking part this year include Deptford’s Sound Like Chaos and The Albany, Tron Young Company and Platform young Company, both from Glasgow, and Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre from Malta. Themes explored this year range from love and war to coping with loss and surviving the end of the world. New for 2016, the Crysalis Emergence strand presents three 20-minute experimental and risk-taking new works-in-progress by promising young theatre makers. Audiences will have the chance to enjoy a variety of original voices and fresh perspectives and also contribute their thoughts and ideas on how each piece might develop.
Running alongside the main performance programme, Chrysalis Too offers a curated series of workshops and talks focusing on current trends and challenges in contemporary theatre practice.
“Chrysalis is an important new festival on the capitals cultural calendar. With the 12 main Edinburgh Festivals confirming that they attracted as many visitors as the World Cup, the nation can be proud of its creative reputation around the world. But there are other important grass-roots festivals helping to push the vanguard of new work and activity year round in the city. The Chrysalis festival of emerging talent at the Traverse Theatre joins a number of other innovative mini-festivals that help to grow Scotland’s reputation for innovative arts.” Kenny McGlashan, CEO of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland
Tickets and festival ticket packages are available via the Traverse Theatre Box Office at www.traverse.co.uk or 0131 228 1404