Be a part of the Noises Off Team

Noises Off is a magazine made by emerging theatre critics for emerging theatre makers at NSDF, a week-long annual festival celebrating the next generation of artists. Anyone attending the festival can write for the magazine and get involved, but there’s also a group of dedicated writers at the festival who spend the week asking questions about the work they see, interviewing artists, honing their critical skills and receiving mentoring to help them take the first step into arts journalism.

As a writer for Noises Off, you’ll attend the festival events and watch performances and readings, writing reviews and articles about the festival. You’ll see your work published in the magazine and online, work closely with editors, pitch in with making a zine, challenge yourself and question the status quo of the theatre industry. You'll meet some of the most exciting emerging theatre companies and have the opportunity to attend a programme of workshops, performances and discussions. We encourage experimental writing and don’t care if you haven’t been published before. For an idea of what Noises Off does during NSDF, head to our online archive.

The writing team will meet daily for short check-ins in the Noff Office (Noffice) space, and we'll work closely with each writer to ensure that you feel challenged to grow and develop your writing on a schedule that suits your needs, particularly in terms of the screen-time demand of a festival. 

Noises Off supports writers to challenge themselves, and our readers, with life-changingly good criticism and ideas about theatre and the arts. It’s a communal environment for young writers to write together and think together, and a stepping-stone towards professional writing. Writers for Noises Off in recent years have gone on to become paid critics for national newspapers and industry publications.



  • The application deadline is Friday 21st January 2022 
  • NSDF 22 will take place from Saturday 9th - Friday 15th April 2022 


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 much will it cost? 

NSDF 22 will be completely free to attend. NSDF will provide meals for everyone on the Noises Off Writers Team and accommodation for those who need it.

Will the festival meet my access requirements? 

NSDF is committed to making the festival as accessible as possible. We will contact all successful candidates after the application process to talk through any access requirements they have and how we can meet these. If you would like to talk to someone about this before you make your application, please contact our General Manager Lizzie Melbourne by emailing 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. 

How to Apply?

To apply for the Noises Off Writers Team, please complete this short online application form. The deadline for applications is Friday 21st January 2022 at Midnight. 

If you require assistance in filling out the online form or require an alternative format, please contact our General Manager Lizzie Melbourne by emailing or calling 07539768087.