This past week saw the 2016 instalment of the Youth Infringement Festival. The festival, now in its 18th year, is an opportunity for young theatre artists to practice and put to work their passions in a way that generally isn’t open to them. Every play presented is written, directed, and performed entirely by artists aged 15-25 (under the mentorship of local professionals) and the festival itself is produced by young adults in that same age bracket. Some of the artists are enrolled in post secondary theatre studies or already have various stage credits to their names, but many have only their high school drama experiences behind them.
Like the upcoming Ottawa Fringe Festival coming up in just about a month, Youth Infringement is a theatre buffet of different shows and styles. Of the six plays presented this year, three of them impressed me quite a bit so let’s start with them:Read the full review.