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Next Event: 14 Feb 2020


Events are FREE but ticketed. Tickets must be booked in advance. Max 2 Tickets per person.

Young Vic

A free programme of specialist events for theatre creators and makers.

The programme will promote the sharing of best practice models around the creation of theatre work, to help open up new pathways in the industry and to provide a toolkit for theatre makers to help them navigate their creative journeys. 

Each event in the series will be co-convened by an industry leader, with a spotlight placed on a particular topic or theme that is current and recurrent for the theatre-making community. At each event, two speakers will lead an informal, in-the-round conversation, intended to kick start sharing, questions and experiences from the group. The YV:IDemystify series started in January 2020 with Breaking Down the Doors a candid chat with Chris Sonnex & Matthew Xia.

Event speakers and further events in the 2020 YV:IDemystify series to be announced.

  • Directing and Dramaturgy - Friday 14 February 2020, 4-6pm 


    In partnership with the Young Vic Directors Program

    This event looks at dramaturgy as an integral part of the development of a production, including, but not limited to, work on text. Which dramaturgical tools should be in a creator’s toolkit? How do dramaturges help create a show? And how do dramaturges help shape European theatre?

  • Festivals as a Pathway for Creating New Work - Thursday 4 June 2020, 4-6pm


    In partnership with LIFT 

    This event looks at making work for theatre festivals, and addresses how creators of work respond to festival contexts, how shows are proposed and developed within these, how originators of work interact with the curated nature of festivals, and how they may subsequently take their work further.

  • Emerged, Mid-Career, And Then What? Routes for Theatre Makers - Friday 3 July 2020


    In partnership with Stage Directors UK

    This event is aimed at mid-career director-theatremakers who have had their first couple of shows (self-)produced and wish to progress to the next stage in their career. Whereas an earlier generation of theatre practitioners may have relied on an infrastructure of associate and artistic directorships as next steps in their pathway in the industry, such opportunities and positions are increasingly hard to find. Where can mid-career makers, too experienced for emerging talent schemes but not yet on the next tier, turn to? What examples of innovative pathways may offer inspiration to those feeling they’re stuck in the middle?