WE EMPOWER AND INSPIRE YOUNG TALENT AND AMBITION. We are open to anyone aged 16 to 25. We find and nurture exceptional productions and present them at the festival. We select the shows we consider the best we have seen, with a true sense of ownership and the ambition fully realised. We spot talented individuals through our selection process and give them the opportunity to build on their experience and learn new skills. We are a bridge between ambition and the world of work and a celebration of young creative and technical talent from around the country.

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  • Productions

    We present outstanding productions made by young theatre makers. Find out more about this year’s 11 shows, picked from across the country by our team of selectors, presented at NSDF 2014, 12-18 April in Scarborough.

  • Festival Company

    We invite outstanding individuals who we have seen and met during the selection process to be a member of the Festival Company. This year the Company had specific workshops by associates from the RSC and others and could book their own choice of workshops during the rest of the week.

  • Workshops

    We programme a wide choice including Voice, Text and Scene Study, Movement, Singing, Dance, Devising, Audition Coaching, Writing for Theatre and Television, Directing and a whole range of Technical workshops.  In 2013 there were 182 workshops delivered by industry professionals including associates from organisations such as RSC, Lyric Hammersmith, Young Vic, Sheffield Theatres, Paines Plough, [...]

  • Technical Team

    The NSDF Technical Director and a team of 10 professionals lead a team of 60 who support the productions, staff venues and build some festival venues from the ground up. The team have workshops on Sound, Lighting, Rigging, Carpentry, Operation of Specialist Equipment and Pyrotechnics and much more besides. The team are appointed to various [...]

  • Management Team

    The Management Team has workshops on Producing, Financial Management, Venue Management, Administration and Logistics. Members of the team are appointed to a variety of positions to run the festival Venues, Workshops and Front of House/Box Office and produce specific events during the festival.

  • Noises Off

    Write, review and stir things up in the festival magazine.

Noises Off

Read all about the fantastic 2013 festival

More news and reviews from Noises Off online
  • Noises Off 2013 Saturday 23rd March

    Noises Off is out!

  • Noises Off 2013 Sunday 24th March

    Hot off the presses – here it is.

  • Noises Off Monday 25th March

    What do you think of it so far?

  • Noises Off Tuesday 26th March

    Packed with up to the minute festival news.

  • Noises Off Wednesday 27th March

    It’s snowing in Scarborough.

  • Noises Off Thursday 28th March

    And so, the end is near…

  • Noises Off Friday 29th March

    The final curtain.

  • Action to the Word at Camden People’s Theatre

    @busstopkisser @actiontotheword by Ralf N Hohfeld translated by Vanessa Fagan directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones Stuff like that doesn’t normally happen to me. I mean,usually, when I meet a girl, it takes 18 months, as a rule,until the first time, until we kiss for the first time. How about you? Action to the Word and award-winning [...]

  • Clive Wolfe

    NSDF President, Clive Wolfe passed away on 5th June. Clive was Director of the festival for 30 years until 2000 – he led it, financed it, sustained it and so many owe their careers to his vision and dedication. Clive appeared in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town at the first ever NSDF in Bristol in 1956 [...]

  • EAST OF BERLIN at Southwark Playhouse

        Robyn Keynes in association with Theatre In Heights present East of Berlin by Hannah Moscovitch  Wednesday 18 June – Saturday 12 July   Standing outside his father’s study in Paraguay, Rudi is smoking cigarettes. It has been seven years since he left his family and their history behind him. As a teenager Rudi [...]