Play On was a theatre festival for 18 -30 year olds which took place in November 2021 in celebration of the ten year anniversary of the Bubble Young Theatre Makers programme. Co-produced with a team of young producers recruited from previous Young Theatre Makers cohorts, the festival ran for 5 days culminating in a two-part finale showcase at Canada Water Theatre. 

a jam-packed festival of opportunities including:

Masterclasses took place at Bubble HQ and were led by voice artist Richard Ryder, fight director Philip D’Orleans, storyteller Paul Andrew, writer & performer Yomi Sode, theatre maker Angela Clerkin and sound designer Nina Perry.

Research and development work

Six young people pitched and developed brand new pieces of work that they had written and designed. They received specialist support from industry professionals as part of their R&D process. Each group had just five days of rehearsal space to prepare something for a scratch performance during the showcase and one day with their respective artists. We were pleased to engage acclaimed artists such as Miranda Cromwell, Sapphire Joy, Felipe Pacheco and Eric Maclennan.


The first half of the showcase included a special big screen sharing of films created by Young Theatre Makers during the lockdown in 2020.  The second half was made up of the five scratch pieces, the anniversary cohort forum piece and an audience discussion about the themes raised. The evening culminated in a celebratory toast to all the participants and the next 10 years of Bubble Young Theatre Makers

I learned something new at all of the workshops but was sad I haven't got the time to join in ALL of them.


audience members attended the Play On Showcase.


industry professionals from across the sector were employed to engage with & deliver Play On activity.


London-based YOS’s were offered a free training session; introducing them to our methodology and practice.