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Nottingham Lakeside Arts and Nonsuch are very pleased to be running the Theatre Category of Nottingham's Young Creative Awards 2020.

Previously called Toolbox, the Theatre Category is a creative challenge for the young theatre makers of Nottingham to showcase their talents and for the industry to see the wide variety of theatre being devised in our city!

The challenge is simple: schools, colleges, youth theatres and young companies are invited to create and enter a 15-minute theatre performance.

All theatre is welcome – scripted or devised – and the work can be performed in a style of your choosing. Most importantly it must be new, it must challenge you and it must engage your audiences.

There are three entry categories aligned to the Young Creative Awards:
11-15 years; 16–18 years; 19-24 years.

How Does The Process Work?

Tuesday 5 November 2019, 4:30pm - 7pm
Attend an (optional) Open Drama meeting and Practical Workshop session for Group Leaders (or representatives) at Nonsuch Studios. Please RSVP to to confirm your attendance.

Monday 16 December 2019, 12pm
The deadline for registering your school or group's interest in taking part. This deadline has now passed.

Week commencing 10 February 2020 (exact dates and times TBC)
Present your group’s work in progress to a member of our team, at your school or venue.

Monday 9 March 2020
Up to 5 groups will be shortlisted per age category and invited to perform at the Djanogly Theatre at Nottingham Lakeside Arts. Shortlisted groups will be selected on the basis of creativity and quality of performance.

Tuesday 31 March, 7.30pm (11-15 years)
Thursday 2 April, 7.30pm (16-18 years)
Saturday 4 April, 7.30pm (19-24 years)
Shortlisted groups will perform at Nottingham Lakeside Arts to an expert panel of judges, including David Stewart OBE, Caroline Barth (Head of Learning, Derby Theatre) or Sarah Brigham (Artistic Director, Derby Theatre). Please note: all tech and dress rehearsals will take place the night before each performance date.

From these performances a winner will be selected from each age category to attend the Young Creatives Week events at Metronome, 18 - 21 May 2020. Each age-category winner will be eligible for consideration for the title of Young Creative of the Year.

If you need any extra help or information contact Louise Kay, Learning Assistant at Nottingham Lakeside Arts by email or by calling 0115 8467185.

Register your group's interest today by following this link.