Young Commissioning Circle

Aged 16-25? 

Want the chance to get behind the scenes at CFT? Each Festival Season we offer up to 30 young people a place on our Young Commissioning Circle (YCC). As part of the YCC, you will follow one production, receiving a copy of the rehearsal script and getting to meet with the director for a Q&A. You will be invited to observe a technical and dress rehearsal and then receive two complimentary tickets to the show and the chance to meet the cast at a special Supporters Night. If you have an interest, enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn more about how a professional theatre production comes together, the YCC is for you.

Applications in 2020 will take place in February and June. The first round of applicants will be applying for places on shows in the first half of the season (April to July) and the second round will be for places in the second half (July to November). Email if you would like more information.

I had experience as an actor and always thought that’s what my interest was. However, the YCC has inspired me to look at other creative paths and I’ve started to write a play - thank you so much for helping me discover a new love

Olivia, YCC member 2019

How do I apply?

CFT wants to inspire and engage the next generation of theatre lovers. We welcome anyone aged 16-25 who wants to engage in live arts - whether you are at the beginning of your theatre-loving journey, or are already an avid theatre-goer. The only thing we ask is that you live within a reasonable distance of CFT due to the time commitments. 

Applications are currently closed and will be reopened for the second round later in the year.

February applications for the first half of the seasonJune applications for the second half of the season
The Life of Galileo – Festival TheatreThe Unfriend – Minerva Theatre
The Real Thing – Minerva Theatre The Long Song – Minerva Theatre
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Festival TheatreThe Taxidermist’s Daughter – Festival Theatre
The Village Bike – Minerva TheatreAssassins – Festival Theatre
South Pacific – Festival TheatreThe Narcissist – Minerva Theatre
Crave – The Spiegeltent

I came away from the experience learning about how much goes into making a play happen and I’m grateful for the opportunity to meet CFT’s Commissioning Circle members and talk to them about why they love theatre

Rohan, YCC member 2018

What is the time commitment?

Those that gain a place on the YCC will be invited to a YCC group meet-up to kick off the experience. This will include a tour of the theatre and a chance to ask questions. Please make sure you are available on the relevant date below before applying:

February applicants: Tuesday 17 March

June applicants: Thursday 13 August 

There are four key events connected to a production, as well as a couple of group meet-ups throughout the Festival:

  1. The Director’s Briefing – this takes place in our rehearsal room usually in the late afternoon on a weekday.
  2. The Technical Rehearsal – these usually take place on a weekday afternoon.
  3. The Dress Rehearsal – these usually take place on weekday afternoons and sometimes Saturday mornings.
  4. The Supporters Night – this takes place during the show’s run and you will receive complimentary tickets to see the production and a post-show reception with the cast.

Take a look at the the leaflet below for dates required for each circle before choosing your top two.

As there are several late nights, please consider how you will manage travel arrangements if you do not live locally. 

If you have any questions at all about the YCC, please call 01243 812874 or email the team at
The Young Commissioning Circle is generously supported by the Commissioning and Patrons Circle members of Chichester Festival Theatre.

Read about previous YCC members' experiences here:

Makir Ahmed (Barry) in Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads at the Chichester Spiegeltent

Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads

Rachael Stirling as Susan Traherne & Alan Booty (Another Frenchman) in Plenty at Chichester Festival Theatre


Clare Burt as Yvonne in THIS IS MY FAMILY at Chichester Festival Theatre. Credit: Photo by Johan Persson.

This Is My Family

Luke Thallon (John) and Isabella Laughland (W) in COCK by Mike Bartlett at Chichester Festival Theatre. Credit: Directed by Kate Hewitt, Designed by Georgia Lowe, Lighting by Guy Hoare, Photography by The Other Richard.


Email if you would like more information.