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.

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

My time in the YCC for Hedda Tesman gave me an insight into the huge amount of work that goes into each and every performance. The opportunity to meet with the director, Holly Race Roughan, and watch her work was fascinating. Everyone involved with the YCC was incredible, I would like to thank them all for their kindness and positivity

Eleanor, YCC member 2019

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
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


This Is My Family


Email if you would like more information.