Preview: Chrysalis Festival
The festival returns with a showcase of new works from emerging young artists
Building on its successful first year, Chrysalis returns for a festival weekend at the Traverse Theatre. Curated by Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, it showcases exceptional works from emerging young artists from around Scotland and the world, drawing upon themes as diverse as gender roles in conflict, war propaganda, and the apocalypse.
'The festival joins a number of other innovative mini-festivals that help to grow Scotland's reputation for innovative arts,' says Kenny McGlashan, CEO of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland. He is keen to site Chrysalis within the wider Scottish cultural festival landscape, looking beyond the 12 main Edinburgh festivals towards smaller grass-roots sharings.
This year's programme offers alternative ways for young people to get involved with the festival. New for this year, the Chrysalis Emergence strand showcases three 20-minute long experimental works-in-progress, giving young theatre-makers the rare chance to take some creative risks and seek out feedback from their audience. Additionally, Chrysalis Too offers a series of workshops and talks focusing on current trends and challenges in contemporary youth theatre practice.
With the launch of a new Junior Conservatoire of Contemporary Performance Practice this year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, it is clear that there is a demand for the type of ambitious and provocative youth-led performance that Chrysalis seeks to nurture. By bringing the young theatre-makers into the professional setting of one of Scotland's most respected theatres, the festival is already making a strong statement about the type of high quality work it wants to showcase.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 18–Sun 20 Nov.