Across 2015, Call to Create are celebrating young creativity in a season of multi-discipline performances, events and moments co-created by young people and established artists from around the world.

The dynamic line-up covers a variety of incredible artistic moments including theatre, circus, music, dance, discussions and more (and will be regularly updated with new events throughout the year). Be inspired by some of the finest emerging talent making work out there…

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Rogaland Theatre: Ibsen Skambankt

3 February – 18 March
Stavanger, Norway

Does professional wrestling have anything to do with theatre? Of course! Rogaland Theatre’s young company take to the ring with Norwegian heavyweight, Henrik Ibsen. This production has been devised by members of the Barne-og ungdomsteatret (BUT) creative programme, giving over 300 young creatives the space to devise and platform new work under professional guidance.

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20 Stories High: Black

3 February – March
Liverpool, Manchester & Belfast , United Kingdom

A provocative and challenging new show that digs deep at the heart of racial tensions in the UK. 20 Stories High creates dynamic theatre which attracts new audiences and is centred on the narrative and artistic influences of the young people they collaborate with. The performance on the 24th Feb at Contact Theatre will be proceeded by a Call to Create event exploring how more can be done for emerging artists.

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Sounds Like Chaos/Uncover Theatre:Phenomena

12 – 14 February
London, United Kingdom

A show about love and what it means to us. This piece has been devised by Uncover Theatre, a group of young creatives, based at the Albany, that make large-scale ensemble performances in collaboration with professional artists. The performance on the 13th Feb will be proceeded by a Call to Create event exploring how more can be done to place young people’s theatre in a professional context.

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Roundhouse Rising

16 – 22 February
London, United Kingdom

At this year’s festival of emerging music, there will be multiple opportunities for young creatives to collaborate with professional artists and have their work seen by paying audiences. Highlights include a night of music with electronica pioneer Tim Exile and Roundhouse’s young Resident Artists plus Digital Futures, a ground-breaking day of discussion, demos and debate.

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Contact Young Company: Under the Covers

4 – 7 March
Manchester, United Kingdom

Directed by Stacy Makishi, and developed through workshops with artists including Amy and Rosana Cade, and Kate O’Donnell, Under The Covers will examine young people’s contemporary attitudes to sex, questioning myths and breaking down taboos. It is inspired by the new Wellcome Collection exhibition The Institute of Sexology.


Women in Music: Access All Areas

7 March
London, United Kingdom & Belfast, Northern Ireland

Call to Create will be kick-starting a dynamic conversation with young creatives, emerging artists and industry professionals around women in the music industry. Events will be happening simultaneously at London’s Roundhouse and Belfast’s Oh Yeah! Centre, and will be the catalyst for a longer term campaign for equality in music.

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Beatfreeks: Culture Waved Back

23 March
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Culture Waved Back is a research project that looks into how organisations with a cultural, youth-led, or social innovation focus conduct evaluation. This took place across the UK and Netherlands and was led by young producers supported by Beatfreeks, an arts organisation supporting young, creative people to do what they love. This event will present the project findings and facilitate discussions between young creatives and sector leading organisations.


BAC: Hourglass Festival

24 – 29 March
London, United Kingdom

HOURGLASS is a multi-art form festival of bold new work, fresh ideas and radical discussions curated by Battersea Arts Centre’s Young Producers. The festival includes the hottest talent in live performance, music and spoken word including Under the Covers by Contact Young Company, Frequently Asked Questions by The New Wolsey’s Young Associates, Phenomena: A Beginners Guide to Love and Physics by Uncover theatre and I AM by BAC Homegrown Company.

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Spitalfields Music: Take Over Festival

25 March
Whitechapel, London

Spitalfields Music have been working with Year 3 pupils at t Osmani Primary to create their own day-long festival, working with singer and songwriter Abimaro Gunnell, guitarist and composer Jack Ross and visual artist Eleanor Meredith to create an exceptional piece of art.

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Sponsored by the Alphabet: Shot from the Lip

3 April
London, UK

Shot from the Lip, is a youth slam taking place at the Southbank Centre. Young poets from across the country come together to share their thoughts and feelings in ensemble pieces, that have been developed in collaboration with leading poets. The event is hosted by Jacob Sam-La Rose and features special guest performances alongside the young poets.


Raw Material: Invisible

11 April
Kent, UK

A national touring project featuring public performances and workshops based on Invisible, a hidden story about home and belonging written by Radio 1 featured artist Potent Whisper. The Raw Roads crew will take residence in different cities across South and East England working with young people to create unique stories about home. The project will visit Folkestone, Portsmouth, Nottingham, Peterborough and London.



14 April – 3 May
London, UK & Columbia

A new production that mixes spectacular circus and dance, inspired by Colombia’s diverse communities. The company provides opportunities for some of the most vulnerable, at risk young people in Colombia through circus training and all of the artists trained and graduated at the National School of Circo Para Todos (“Circus For All”) that supports.

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Step Inside Radio

25 April
London, UK

We listen to radio everyday but what if we could experience sound and storytelling in an entirely new way? Step Inside Radio is the premiere of an interactive installation crafted by some of the UK’s very best emerging radio makers and groundbreaking digital artists Wintour’s Leap. The project is a collaboration between Resonance FM, Reprezent, Reform Radio and Roundhouse Radio.

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Call to Create: Talking Doorsteps

May 2014 – May 2015
Lebanon, South Africa, UK and Bulgaria

Talking Doorsteps connects young poets and filmmakers internationally and enables them to explore the idea of ‘home’ together and encourage the rest of the world to the same by sharing that work digitally.


Islington Community Theatre: Brainstorm

21 July – 25th July
London, UK

A company of teenagers from Islington Community Theatre, investigate the workings of the adolescent brain in a brand new devised piece. Created with cognitive neuroscientist Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and drawing upon the life experiences of the cast, Brainstorm is a thrilling exploration of the most frustrating, chaotic and exhilarating changes that will ever happen to us. The performance will take place at the National Theatre.

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Bristol Old Vic: Wapping Wharf Collaboration

5 Aug – 8 Aug
Bristol, UK

Led by a team of Bristol based creative professionals from the heritage, arts and cultural sectors, and involving young people from both Bristol Old Vic and Travelling Light, The Wapping Wharf Collaboration will see the history of the site brought to life in an exceptional site specific experience that brings together theatre, storytelling and performance.


Brisol Old Vic: Life Raft

3 Sep – 5th Sep
Bristol, UK

Fin Kennedy’s contemporary adaptation of George Kaiser’s The Raft of the Medusa, is a contemporary reworking of a true story from the Second World War, examining the psychology of hysteria and the struggle for power as resources run short. The piece is directed by the acclaimed director and Bristol Old Vic Associate Artist Melly Still in collaboration with an ensemble cast of professional and young actors/collaborators from the Bristol Old Vic Young Company and across the South West.


Youth Theatre Arts Scotland: Chrysalis Festival

6 Nov – 7th Nov
Edinburgh, UK

In November 2015 Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (YTAS) will launch a pilot festival celebrating ambitious and provocative performance by young theatre-makers. Two UK theatre companies have been selected to take part in the inaugural festival. The successful productions are ‘Southside Stories’ by the Citizens Young Company from Glasgow and ‘Headz’ by 20 Stories High Young Actors Company from Liverpool. Two additional invited companies will be announced soon!


Roundhouse: The Happiness Project

3 Nov – 12th Nov
London, UK

Devised by a company of young artists, scientists and academics in response to reports that raised concerns over young people’s well-being in the UK, The Happiness Project is an intergenerational piece of personal and moving contemporary theatre that journeys through autobiographical stories. Directed by Emma Higham and Tashi Gore (Glas(s) Performance), the production has been devised by young artists aged 12-19 and six academics who will also be performing in the show.

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Royal Exchange: TAY Talks

9 Nov
Manchester, UK

TaY TALKS is a creative speechmaking programme which is being run as part of the Truth about Youth programme at the Royal Exchange Theatre. On Monday 9 November the Royal Exchange will be hosting an evening of talks, rants, speeches and creative provocations – ranging in content from the personal to the political – which shine a spotlight on the issues that are important to young people in 2015.

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Call to Create: On Mass

15 Nov
London, UK

Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, On Mass will showcase the incredible sounds of a range of emerging artists including; London’s top carnival band Kinetika Bloco, the Roundhouse Choir, Wax Lyrical, the Roundhouse Audio and Music Collectives, Queens Crescent Freerunners and William Ellis Big Band; plus South Africa’s Little Giants, the MUSON Centre from Nigeria and Ukraine’s Shelter+ alongside Jamie Cullum.