Each year Young and Hungry, in collaboration with Playmarket, commissions three new New Zealand plays to be written specifically for young people aged 15-25 years.

Submissions for 2017/2018 have closed.

Playwrights' InitiativeProcess

Young and Hungry calls for submissions from emerging New Zealand playwrights of any age to create a new work. These are reviewed by our panel of industry professionals who shortlist the top six submissions, which are then commissioned to write a 55-minute first draft script. The Panel then selects three to be commissioned and developed for production in Young and Hungry’s Festival of New Theatre the following year.

Throughout this process playwrights receive one-on-one mentoring from an established Script Adviser. Skills training, play readings and workshops are used to assist the playwrights’ professional development and ensure the script has reached full potential in time for production in the Festival season.

Playwrights selected to be commissioned will be paired up with an established Script Adviser who will provide feedback on all drafts.

After the second draft is completed, Young and Hungry will facilitate a one-day play reading.  This is an opportunity for the Playwright and Dramaturg to focus on the story arc and the overall pacing of the play.

After completion of the third draft, Young and Hungry will facilitate a two-day workshop, which will be run by an established Theatre Director.  This is a critical step in the Commissioning Phase as is an opportunity for the Playwright and Script Adviser to see how the script will translate to the stage.

The Playwright is then asked to complete a fourth draft, which will be submitted for a final review by the panel and Script Adviser.

Following the fourth  scripts that are deemed ready for the stage will be premiered in a two-week season at BATS Theatre as part of the Festival of New Theatre.  If it is felt that the script is not yet ready for the stage, Young and Hungry will assist the Playwright with further development and defer production consideration for a future season.

Stories That Matter
Theatre That’s Relevant to Today’s Youth

With social trends constantly changing it can be difficult to write scripts that are not only relevant to today’s young people, but also fresh, edgy and uniquely expressive.

We want hear from you, the young people of New Zealand, about the stories that you connect with. What topics or themes would you like to see explored on stage? Are there topics and themes you’re tired of seeing? What do you think defines your generation or your particular social network?

Email your thoughts to [email protected]   and Young and Hungry will share your comments with the theatre community.