28 Jun
120 Minutes
$20 - $80

The Riff: Youth Theatre Festival 2024

Shining the spotlight on the talented young theatre makers from the Western Sydney region!

First came Flannofest, then Q Theatre’s Annual Youth Theatre Festival

After over 30 years of providing local young people with a platform to express their ideas and experience working in a professional theatre setting, Q Theatre’s key youth event, The Riff: Youth Theatre Festival, returns for another year!

This initiative continues to support teachers in providing one-of-a-kind experiences for their students to exercise their creative voices in exploring local identity and global issues, whilst developing the next generation of Western Sydney performing artists and creatives.

We invite young people from local secondary schools to participate in the festival as:

  • Creators and Performers – Participating school groups will have a professional theatre artist work with them through an in-theatre and in-school residency program, to help guide the performance development process and direct rehearsals of the final piece. This work will be showcased as part of The Riff: Youth Theatre Festival on Q Theatre’s professional stage at The Joan.
  • Audience Members – Non-participating school groups’ attendance at The Riff will support fellow young artists in the region whilst enhancing their understanding and appreciation of theatrical performance making, production and design. The Riff: Youth Theatre Festival sparks inspiring discussions in the classroom on themes and ideas, performance styles, theatrical conventions and design, devised and collaborative performance making.

Q Theatre is proud to give young and emerging artists the chance to gain performing arts production experience in a professional theatre environment, whilst gaining invaluable industry expertise from arts professionals through this unique program.

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General Public: Suitable for ages 14+.
Schools: Suitable for Years 9 – 11. Please see the ‘Schools Bookings and Resources’ section below for more information, to apply or book.

Friday 28 June at 12pm & 7pm

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Schools Bookings and Resources


Applications Open: Tuesday 30 January at 9am
Applications Close: Friday 16 February at 5pm
In-Theatre Stagecraft Workshops: Monday 8, Tuesday 9, Thursday 11 and Friday 12 April
Technical Rehearsals: Monday 24 – Thursday 27 June
Final Performances: Friday 28 June at 12pm & 7pm


Curriculum Links
English and Creative Arts – Drama (Stages 5 – 6).
Click here to download a full version of the NSW State Curriculum Links.


Getting Here
Click here for information about our venue and getting here.

Risk Assessment
Click here to download The Joan’s Risk Assessment.


Information and Application Pack
Click Here to Download an Information and Application Pack

Application Form
Available soon – please check back here Tuesday 30 January at 9am.

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