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, read more »

  • 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 read more »

  • 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

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  • Win tickets to BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS at the National Theatre


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  • The Body in Performance and Process – Intensive with Struan Leslie


    THE BODY IN PERFORMANCE AND PROCESS – ON THE IMPULSE Struan Leslie, former Head of Movement at the Royal Shakespeare Company leads a weeklong Intensive Workshop for performers and theatre makers. Monday 16 – Friday 20 February, 1030 – 1630 £250 / £200 student, unwaged. 12 PLACES ONLY (BY APPLICATION) Only where kinetic text is specific, read more »