Festival of New Theatre Registrations open

Young and Hungry are calling for Wellington’s young performers, designers, techies and theatre-lovers to register as cast and crew for this year’s Festival of New Theatre.

We are looking for actors, assistant directors, stage managers, designers of sets, costumes, lighting and sound, production crew and publicists aged 15-25. No previous experience necessary.  You’ll be mentored the whole way through rehearsals and production.

About the Festival

The annual Festival of New Theatre is comprised of three new New Zealand scripts, written specifically for young people and commissioned through the Playwrights’ Initiative.   The festival is performed and designed by 15-25 year olds in a two-week season at BATS Theatre in Wellington, with each of the three productions being performed every night.

Professional theatre practitioners are contracted by Young and Hungry to mentor cast and crew in all facets of the Festival’s production, including: acting, lighting design and operation, sound design and operation, costume design, set design and construction, and stage management.

The rehearsal and design process runs over ten weeks to ensure that enough time is given to both the actors’ character development and the technical students’ design realisation.

Key Dates:

Registrations close: Sunday 26 March
Auditions: Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 April
Production interviews: 6 – 9pm Wednesday 12 April
Rehearsals start: mid May
Performances season: 14 – 29 July

The 2017 Plays:

ATTILA THE HUN By Abby Howells

A comedy set in a late night fast food restaurant, featuring terrible customers, disgusting food, Tom Cruise, a new duty manager. Oh, and also ATTILA THE HUN, he’s there too.


Life gets raw and real when an NZ TV star is made to pay the price for his reality show.

ONE NIGHT ONLY By Finnius Teppett

The world’s biggest boy band is in town for one performance. The fans are there, the press is there, but what’s happening with the boys?

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