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. Click here to enter your production.

  • Festival Company

    We invite outstanding individuals who we have seen and met during the selection process to be a member of the Festival Company.

  • Workshops

    We programme a range of performing, producing and technical workshops throughout the Festival. In 2015 Frantic Assembly, The RSC, Stage Electrics, Ambersphere and many of the theatre schools were part of the programme.  

  • 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. To apply for the Technical Team click here.

  • Management Team

    The Management Team assist with all aspects of producing the Festival. Click here for more information about joining the Management Team.

  • Noises Off

    Anyone at the Festival can contribute to the daily Festival magazine. To see copies of the 2015 Noises Off, click here.

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