DaDaFest x NSDF: Call for Applicants, Opportunity for young creatives with a passion for theatre

Closing Date: 6 July 2021


Location: North West and West Yorkshire

Remuneration: Professional development opportunity - expenses only


Four young people onstage, the foremost of which has long brown hair, wears denim dungarees with a pink tshirt and is looking offstage to her left. The others are out of focus in the background.

Disability and Deaf arts organisation, DaDaFest, have launched a new initiative for Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists, in partnership with the iconic festival for young people, NSDF.

DaDaFest x NSDF is an opportunity to come together and create a piece of new and exciting work to be premiered at NSDF’s annual festival in April 2022.

They are looking for 12 artists aged 16 – 26 to form a company of creatives from all over the North West and West Yorkshire.*

You can be an actor, writer, director, designer – set, digital, sound, lighting etc. Anyone with a passion for making new theatre work.

You will develop your creative skills through sessions with professional guest artists.

You will work with DaDaFest’s Joint Artistic Director & CEO, Nickie Miles-Wildin, to create this brand new piece of work.

You will attend NSDF, 9 – 16 April 2022, at Curve in Leicester where you will premiere your work, take part in workshops, panel discussions, watch other performances and enjoy the evening events. (If being there in person is not possible then you will take part in the digital festival)

The sessions will be from September 2021 – April 2022, Monday evenings with one Saturday per month. Sessions will be online with some in-person ones too.

Accommodation, travel and access requirement costs will be covered by DaDaFest.

The deadline is Tuesday 6 July 2021 at 5pm.

Read more and find out how to apply here on our website. 

* This project is open to young people who identify as disabled, Deaf, neurodivergent or living with long term illness /conditions.

Applications are encouraged from those young people from this group who experience racism and marginalisation, including those from African, Caribbean, LatinX, South Asian, East and South East Asian heritage, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, those from the LGBTQ+ communities, those who are care experienced or are discriminated against, and those facing intersecting barriers.

You must be based in West Yorkshire or the Northwest. We define the Northwest as the English counties of Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire.

Image: from NSDF 2019, photograph by Beatrice Debney