ENGLISH YOUTH THEATRE FESTIVAL
A FULL WEEK-END OF THEATRE IN A PROFESSIONAL SETTING
EYT FESTIVAL: 11-12 February 2023 - TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
After a roaring success in 2022, the EYT Festival is returning in 2023!
With 6 one-act plays over two nights, you can come along and see our Senior groups performing in high-quality drama in a variety of different styles. With gripping drama, irreverent comedy and high-concept experimental theatre, there are no two plays alike!
You can book your tickets for EYT Festival by clicking the link below!
IMPORTANT: Parents of students participating in the festival can get two free tickets by emailing us!
What is the EYT Festival?
The EYT Festival is a week-end of celebration, where the students of English Youth Theatre get to perform on a big stage, in front of a large audience, alongside their classmates.
Each Senior group (ages 14-18) prepares a one-act play from September to February to be performed at the Festival. We take care to ensure that each group performs a different type of play, varying the styles and themes to create an interesting mix of shows. The students are also encouraged to watch each other's performances, fostering a sense of community between them.
At the end of each night, the Festival Judge takes the stage and gives a short, but detailed and constructive critique of each show they have seen, offering the students praise, insight and advice on how to improve in their future performances. At the end of the Festival, the Judge gives out awards for Best Show, Best Performer, Best Supporting Performer and more, giving the students incentive to give their all to their performance.
In addition to the shows being performed each evening, the EYT Festival also offers a number of youth theatre activities during the day, including workshops on various performance skills.
Taking part in the EYT Festival is an amazing experience for the students. They get to meet the other groups, learn how to work in a professional theatre environment, and bond over their shared experience. Additionally, by grouping the shows together into a festival format, we ensure that the students get the chance to perform to a much larger audience than if they simply performed their own shows separately.
Pronoun by Evan Placey
Bascule Seniors: Directed by Jake Vaughan
Dean, a trans-male student who's about to finish school, has just come out of the closet and broken up with his childhood sweetheart, Josh. Josh is heartbroken, because he's still in love with Dean...
Or is he simply in love with who Dean used to be?
This coming-of-age comedy-drama was first shown at the National Theatre's Connections Festival in 2014.
Flesh by Rob Drummond
Flagey Seniors 2: Directed by Stephen Challens
A group of teenagers wake up in a forest with no clue how they got there. They find themselves separated into two different teams but have no idea what game they are expected to play. With no food, no water and seemingly no chance of escape, it’s only a matter of time before things start to get drastic. But whose side are people on and how far will they go to survive?
Flesh was first performed at the National Theatre's Connections Festival in 2019.
Cloud Busting by Helen Blakeman
Flagey Seniors 1: Directed by Glenn Vaughan
Sam receives a homework assignment from his English teacher: write a poem about someone he cares about. Sam wants to write his poem about Davey.
Davey was Sam's friend, not that Sam wanted anyone to know that. Davey was different. But no matter how much Sam liked being with Davey, he always denied their friendship.
The Wardrobe by Sam Holcroft
Woluwe Seniors 1: Directed by Glenn Vaughan
A gripping journey through British history that shows how the country was shaped and how connected it is with its past. Across seven centuries, small groups of children seek sanctuary in the same solid old wardrobe. It’s the safest place they know – but is it safe enough?
The Wardrobe was first shown at the National Theatre's Connections Festival in 2014.
BOOM by Vincent Eaton
Waterloo Seniors: Directed by Jake Vaughan
X has spent years turning himself into the perfect vehicle for total annihilation. Y used to be an exploiting capitalist, but now she wants to blow it all up. Z loves puppy dogs with floppy ears, and is very excited to be part of the destruction.
They have no names. They have no pasts. They have no agenda. And now, they have a bomb.
The Red Death by Stephen Challens
Woluwe Seniors 2: Directed by Stephen Challens
Prince Prospero has sealed himself away from the peasants of his land during a terrible plague known as "the red death". With his sisters and his rich friends safely behind the gates of his palace, he hosts a lavish party while the poor die outside his gates. But another guest has joined the masquerade...
This short play is adapated from the short story "The Masque of The Red Death" by Edgar Allen Poe.