Month: September 2011

Kingston’s Creative Youth aids Young Theatre Companies success at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 is this year host to numerous theatre productions showcased at Kingston’s International Youth Arts Festival 2011. Shows such as Street Dreams by The Little Cauliflower Theatre Company, ROAR by Dumbshow, One Fine Day by South Hill Park, A Hero of our Time by Kudas and  Ovid’s Metamorphoses by Pants On Fire have been receiving four and five stars reviews across the board from a variety of critics and reviewers, having developed their productions at the International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF), organised by Creative Youth.

Many involved were keen to praise the role of IYAF in enabling them to test and hone their acts. David Hooper, Producer of One Fine Day, with a ‘Must See’ Award from The Stage, said: “The festival was a vital part of our rehearsal process. It allowed us to test the performance in a safe environment, and the feedback we received from audiences helped us identify how we might refine the show. This ensured it was of the highest quality before going onto Edinburgh.”

Little Cauliflower’s Street Dreams, which ran for two nights at the Rose Theatre in Kingston, has proven a major hit, receiving five star reviews from Broadway Baby, The Daily Dust and The New Current, and four stars from The Scotsman, What’s On Stage, Fringe Review and Edinburgh Spotlight. David Pollock of The Scotsman described it as ‘one of the most inventive and endearing shows on the Fringe’, and Broadway Baby said it was “a touching, funny and thoroughly slick production.” Little Cauliflower highlighted the value of performing at IYAF first. “We had a fantastic weekend performing at the Rose Theatre,” said William Aubrey-Jones of Little Cauliflower“We sold out both dates, had a great time and found the staff of IYAF really supportive, even following the festival and look forward to working with everyone in the future. The feedback we received really helped us to develop the production.”

Roar, produced by Dumbshow, is part of Creative Youth’s “Creative Talent Programme”, which rovides strategic mentoring and support to selected groups. It has also received rave reviews, such as from Nick Awde of The Stage Edinburgh, who wrote: “Dumbshow exhibits an impressive pool of talent here and, given that development, I’d pay good money to see this at the National.”  Michael Bryher, Artistic Director  described IYAF’s help as a ‘godsend.“We couldn’t have achieved what we have done without them,” he said. “To put trust in a young company to develop their work is so, so important. IYAF took a leap of faith in us, for which we are extremely grateful.  Previewing our work before Edinburgh was massively beneficial, and has resulted in a much stronger piece, which we will continue to develop.”

Aniela Zaba, Artistic Director for Creative Youth, was not only delighted to see IYAF performers succeed at the Fringe, but is also happy for the Festival to develop a reputation among artists as a ‘testing ground’ for those heading north of the border. “Obviously it is very pleasing to see these amazing young talents get the recognition they deserve,” she said. “But what is equally pleasing is that the International Youth Arts Festival was able to play an important role in helping them to achieve this success. IYAF gives young people the space and support to play, experiment and take chances in a creative environment surrounded by those willing to give feedback. This vindicates our approach which is to nurture and inspire young people to challenge themselves to produce the very best work they are capable of.”

Application deadline extended for IYAF 2012 – New Deadline 14th February 2012!

Make sure you don’t miss out!  We have extended the deadline for applications to be part of IYAF 2012 – you now have 2 more weeks to get involved!  See for details on how to apply.
The International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) is rapidly becoming one of the largest and most diverse youth events in the country.  From 29th June -22 July 2012 the streets and venues of Kingston will come alive as young people from the ages of 5 to 26 showcase the very best in youth arts selected from the UK and Internationally.

For the first time the International Youth Arts Festival will open with a week of participatory projects, workshops and schools engagement work (29th June – 5th July).  The latter part of the festival will be the celebration which we have all come to love!  18 days of performances, exhibitions and showcases of incredible youth work from around the world in addition to special events which culminate the projects delivered in the first week.  Applications are encouraged for both parts of the festival as are projects which can deliver engagement at the beginning of the festival, followed by a performance element in the second part.

Applications are open to any arts projects involving young people (0yrs – 26yrs).  These projects may involve young people as performers, creators and artists or as producers and event managers.  IYAF is also happy to receive applications for adult work which is specifically targeted at young people.

As a special gift to all our participants, any young people participating in the festival will be able to attend ANY other productions at no cost.

Full details are available by clicking on the IYAF 2012 – Participate tab or by clicking on the following links:

Click here to download the Application to participate form for 2012

Click here to download the Guidelines for applicants 2012