The Y&H Festival has a long history of fostering new talent. From 1994-2017, the Young & Hungry Festival of New Theatre provided a chance to learn and experience the process of mounting theatre productions within a professional setting.
The Festival presented three new New Zealand scripts, written specifically for young people (commissioned through Y&H Playwrights). Performed and designed by 15-25 year olds, the Festival had a two-week season at BATS Theatre in Wellington.
Those who were chosen for the Festival were mentored by professional theatre practitioners in all aspects of theatre production including, acting, lighting design and operation, sound design and operation, costume design, set design and construction, and stage management.
Funding challenges (the Festival is an expensive beast) means the Festival is currently in hiatus. The Y&H team are looking at new ways to bring back the spirit of the Festival – without breaking the bank!