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ENGLISH YOUTH THEATRE FESTIVAL

A FULL WEEK-END OF THEATRE IN A PROFESSIONAL SETTING

EYT Festival 2024

On the 3rd and 4th of February 2024, our 90+ Senior students from Brussels, Antwerp and Waterloo each performed an individual one-act show as part of the EYT Festival! We had an audience of over 250 each night, and 8 plays were performed by our talented group of Senior students! Our judges then gave detailed feedback to each group on the things they did well and the things they could improve.

At the end of the week-end, awards were handed out for Best Performance, Best Supporting Performance, and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Best Plays. When the winner was announced, the house erupted! We're already looking forward to the 2025 edition!

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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 Judges take the stage and give 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 Judges give 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.

SATURDAY 03/02

19:00

Variations
by Katie Himms

Thirteen-year-old Alice wishes her life was completely different. She wakes up one morning to find that her life is different. In fact, it’s so different that all she wants to do is get back to normality. But how does she do that?

A play about family, string theory and breakfast.

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20:00
Puppy Love
by Corrina Bryant

When Tiffany and Sally meet for coffee on a Saturday morning in town, Sally informs Tiffany that she’s found a new love. Tiffany is thrilled for her at first, given Sally’s past misfortunes with men, but she soon becomes increasingly concerned as Sally continues. Is it infatuation, PTSD, or just one HUGE misunderstanding?

20:30

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),

by Adam Long, Jess Winfield and Daniel Singer

An irreverent, fast-paced romp through all 37 the Bard’s plays, presented by a cast of 18 young actors with bag of costume bits and props.

21:45
The Free9
by In-Sook Chappell

Nine teenagers flee North Korea, dreaming of a new life in the South. But the danger is far from over. With threats around every corner, perhaps the mysterious figure of Big Brother can help them? Or is he the very person they're running from?

SUNDAY 04/02

18:00

Zero For The Young Dudes!
by Alistair McDowell

When the threat arrives, stay in line, follow orders, self-censor. Survive.
In a world where there’s no room for self expression, play by the rules.
Drill. Work. Eat. Repeat.

If they can’t control the future, do they want a future? If you butcher my future, I will massacre your past.

18:45

The Snow Dragons

by Lizzie Nunnery

Raggi and her friends spend their free time in the mountains playing games of Vikings, dragons and war. When soldiers occupy the town below, they watch their families beaten and silenced... Let down by the adult world, they form 'The Snow Dragons', 'the last line of resistance', carrying out sabotage missions. But this is no game, and true courage requires great sacrifice.

19:30
The Trojan Women
by Euripides

The Trojan Women follows the fates of Hecuba, Queen of Troy; Cassandra, her prophetic daughter; Andromache, her grieving daughter-in-law; Helen, whose beauty launched a thousand ships; and the ordinary women of Troy, who have no agency in this tragedy.

20:30

Dark Times At Cawdor High
by Jake Vaughan

All her life, Beth has wanted to be popular. While she’s not disliked, she feels anonymous. One day, three weird emo girls hand her a book that prophesies her ascension to the throne of Prom Queen. Alongside her friends Ellie and Beau, Beth uses her newfound confidence to rise up the school’s food chain, but begins to lose herself in the process.

EYT Festival 2023: Photo gallery

EYT Festival - Awards History:

 

 


EYT Festival 2022 (1st Edition), at Zinnema (Anderlecht)
 

Adjudicator's Award:

Chorus of The Golden Door

Best Supporting Performance:

Louise Binand, as Antler in Remote

Mike Cockburn Drama Cup for Best Performance:
Sunayana Kapoor, as Zara in Chaos

2nd Place Trophy:
The Golden Door, by David Ashton
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1st Place Trophy:
Chaos, by Laura Lomas
EYT Bascule Seniors

EYT Festival 2023 (2nd Edition), at Espace Lumen (Ixelles)

Best Supporting Performance:

Ishika Sharma, as Sabela in The Red Death

Other nominees: Frankie Creedon (Cloud Busting)

Mike Cockburn Drama Cup for Best Performance:
Sunayana Kapoor, as Dean in Pronoun

Other nominees: Joshua O'Brien (Cloud Busting), Nathaniel van Wanroij (Boom)

2nd Place Trophy:
The Wardrobe, by Sam Holcroft

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1st Place Trophy:
The Red Death, by Stephen Challens

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EYT Festival 2024 (3rd Edition), at Espace Lumen (Ixelles)

Best Supporting Performance:

Ishika Sharma, as Esmeralda Garcia in Dark Times At Cawdor High

Other nominees: Antoni Wardyn (The Trojan Women), Tom Korytar (Variations)

Mike Cockburn Drama Cup for Best Performance:
Nathaniel van Wanroij, as Himself in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Other nominees: Amber May (The Snow Dragons), Amaia Adams (Puppy Love)


3rd Place Trophy:
The Trojan Women
, by Euripides

EYT Woluwe Seniors 1
 

2nd Place Trophy:
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
EYT Waterloo Seniors and EYT Stockel Seniors

1st Place Trophy:
Dark Times At Cawdor High, by Jake Vaughan

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