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 the young people 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.

2017 Festival of New Theatre