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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3 February – 18 March
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
21 July – 25th July
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.
5 Aug – 8 Aug
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.
3 Sep – 5th Sep
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.
6 Nov – 7th Nov
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!
3 Nov – 12th Nov
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.
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.