Young Commissioning Circle

Applications are now closed for 2018. Email ycc@cft.org.uk if you would like more information for 2019.

Each year, we offer up to 30 young people aged 16 to 25 the opportunity to take part in the Young Commissioning Circle (YCC), following Festival shows from page to stage.

What is it?
You will follow one Festival 2018 production from page to stage, meeting the director and watching rehearsals along the way. It culminates in watching the finished production followed by a special event with the cast.

You can read about two YCC members’ experiences following Caroline, Or Change last year here.

Is the YCC for me?
You may be an avid theatregoer or you may never have been to the theatre before. You don’t need to have any theatre knowledge at all, just enthusiasm, interest and an eagerness to learn. The YCC is about bringing together a group of young people from different backgrounds with different views to share an experience together.

Who should apply and how will we select?
At CFT, one of our core aims is to make sure we are an organisation that is inclusive and diverse. The YCC strives to widen participation and to develop the achievements of people from all backgrounds. We encourage applications from all 16-25 year olds and particularly those who are currently under-represented or may face barriers to engagement in the arts. If the YCC is oversubscribed, we will allocate places through a random draw system.

What is the time commitment?
There will be a few YCC group meet-ups throughout the Festival and each production has 3 key events:
1. The Directors Briefing - this takes place here at CFT in our rehearsal room usually in the late afternoon
2. Technical and Dress rehearsals - these take place on weekday afternoons (Saturday mornings in rare cases)
3. Supporters Nights - these take place during the run of the production at CFT, and involve complimentary tickets to see the show and a post-show reception with cast members

Do I have to pay?
No. The YCC is generously funded by supporters of CFT. Limited travel expenses are available to those who want to participate but might struggle to attend events without this provision.

Why are we doing it?
CFT is committed to making theatre and live art accessible to as many people as possible, and for young people in particular to be able to learn about how a professional theatre works.

What will I learn?
YCC members gain unique insights into life backstage at CFT. From the choices a director makes when casting, to the number of people involved in a technical rehearsal, you will have the opportunity to see work in theatre up close.

Who will I meet?
As well as those directly involved in the production, like directors, actors and technicians, you will also meet a group of like-minded peers, and share the experience with CFT’s Commissioning Circle members, who are supporters of our work on stage.

Ok so I don’t have to pay, and I get to see backstage – what’s the catch?
In order to take part, we do ask that you sign an agreement committing to the various event dates. We do our best to assign you to a production which you are available to best attend. We would also like you to share your experience on social media, whether Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or your own blog, and the agreement will include our social media guidelines.