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Frequently Asked Questions

NSDF 22 

When is the next NSDF? 

NSDF 23 will take place in Easter 2023. 

What is NSDF? 

NSDF is a week-long annual festival that showcases the best theatre created by 16-26-year olds from all over the UK. Alongside this, we offer 100+ workshops, discussions and events. NSDF 22 will take place in various venues across Leicester City. At NSDF, talent is spotted and coached and lives get changed. You get to be part of something. 

How do I book a ticket? 

Tickets for NSDF 23 will be released in early 2023. You will be able to get full week passes, half week passes, day passes and individual show tickets. 

Will the festival meet my access requirements?    

NSDF is committed to making the festival as accessible as possible. More details about access at NSDF will be provided ahead of the festival but if you would like to talk to someone about your access requirements in the meantime, please contact our General Manager Lizzie Melbourne by emailing [javascript protected email address] or calling 07539768087. 

What about Covid-19? 

We take the welfare of our staff and participants seriously. We will take all necessary precautions to ensure that the festival is run as safely as possible and this may mean additional health precautions. More details on what we are doing to ensure the safety of our staff and participants will be released closer to the festival and in line with Covid-19 guidance and policy updates.


Taking part in NSDF 23

Can I enter a show for NSDF 23? 

Submissions for NSDF 23 are now open. Please check out our submissions page here to find out more about how to enter. 

How else can i get involved in NSDF 23? 

There are lots of ways to get involved with NSDF. Head to our What We Do page to find out more. 

What is the Management Team? 

The Management Team help us produce the Festival week. If you're interested in gaining hands on experience in Venue Management, Front of House, Box Office, Administration, Events Management and Producing then apply to be part of the team! You can find out more here - applications for the Management team for NSDF 23 will open in early 2023. 

What is the Technical Team? 

Our Technical Director backed up by a professional team of theatre technicians will work with you to build the Festival from the ground up.

You’ll get to work with state-of-the-art equipment provided by our sponsors in professional venues such as Curve Theatre. You can find out more here and applications for the Technical team for NSDF 23 will open in early 2023. 

What is Noises Off? 

Noises Off is the Festival magazine run by young theatre critics. The Noises Off team publishes exciting theatre criticism, writing, and opinion pieces. You can read their articles here.

As a writer for Noises Off, you’ll attend festival events and all the performances, writing reviews and articles about the festival. Applications for the Noises Off team for NSDF 23 will open in early 2023. 



What is the NSDF HUB?

The NSDF HUB is a national, year round, curated online space for young people to get their work seen. To find out more about how to apply head here or if you would like to watch some of the content, check out the NSDF HUB here

What is The Bigger Room Project?

The Bigger Room Project offers online events, broadcast live via our Zoom and Facebook. They feature Industry Leaders - from the UK and the wider world -  giving Masterclasses. Find out more about previous Bigger Rooms here and check out our What's On page to see up coming Bigger Rooms here